Technology has changed the General Conference experience

“It won’t be as much telling people what’s been done,” says Greg Nelson of the report back after the General Conference. Instead, Nelson, Director of Communications for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, believes that “it will be about establishing relationships.”

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Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission on the General Conference has named a technology study team to explore how to accommodate full participation at the lawmaking assembly now scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

New group explores General Conference options

Organizers of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly have named a technology study team to look at ways to accommodate full participation in this time of COVID-19.
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With coronavirus cases on the rise across the U.S. and public gatherings still limited for the foreseeable future, United Methodists are urging 2021 General Conference organizers to plan for an online conference. Laptop image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications; view of the stage at the 2019 special session of General Conference by Kathleen Barry; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Should General Conference go virtual?

With COVID-19 still on the rise, a number of United Methodists are pushing for next year’s meeting to transpire online.
Church Growth
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Young elder numbers near historic low

United Methodist clergy age study shows modest growth period has been followed by drops in the number of both men and women elders under age 35.