Advisory: General Conference guide available for reporters

The General Conference Media Guide 2004 has been revised and is available online for reporters and other communicators covering the United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly.

The guide, provided by United Methodist News Service, provides information on covering General Conference, how the assembly works and key issues the delegates will be addressing.

An overview of the General Conference Newsroom offers details on the services being provided to help journalists at the event. The newsroom's phone number, for working press only, will be (412) 325-6080 throughout the April 27-May 7 assembly.

In addition, the guide includes a primer on the United Methodist Church, with information on how the denomination is structured, its history and a statistical profile.

The guide is available by going to www.gc2004.org and clicking on "Communication Resources." Journalists can also find information on getting press credentials and housing at that link.

General Conference is the only body that speaks for the 10 million-member global church. The 998 delegates gathering at Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center will revise the church's Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions and set direction for the denomination for the next four years.

News media can contact Tim Tanton at (615)742-5470 Nashville, Tenn or newsdesk@umcom.org.

Sign up for our newsletter!

SUBSCRIBE

Latest News

General Church
An empty collection plate.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Conference offers guidance on apportionment alternatives

California-Pacific Conference leaders advise churches on giving options including withholding or redirecting apportionment contributions in protest of 2019 General Conference.
General Church
Judi Kenaston, Northeastern Jurisdiction, talks with Michelle Hettman, Southeastern Jurisdiction, during the meeting of the Connectional Table held at United Methodist Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tenn., April 2.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Leaders pursue plan for new US structure

Despite concerns the homosexuality debate will engulf the plan, the Connectional Table is submitting legislation to create a decision-making body on U.S. matters.
General Conference
The Rev. Adilson De Almeida of Luanda, Angola addresses fellow members of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, as the Rev. Kimberly Reisman looks on. He and other church leaders at the meeting talked about the fallout of the special General Conference during a March meeting in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Global church wrestles with post-GC2019 pain

United Methodists took time out of a joint international meeting to discuss GC2019 fallout that some say casts doubt on the future of a global church.