Volunteer pages, marshals sought for General Conference

News media contact: Tim Tanton · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn.

The application deadline is fast approaching for people interested in serving as volunteer marshals or pages for the 2004 General Conference.

About 160 volunteers will be needed to help the delegates, church officials and other visitors at the denomination's top legislative assembly. More than 5,000 people - including nearly 1,000 delegates from around the world - are expected to attend General Conference, April 27-May 7 in Pittsburgh.

Marshals and pages are crucial to the assembly, helping distribute materials, assisting disabled visitors and filling a variety of other needs. They travel and serve at their own expense.

Applications are due Aug. 31, and applicants will be notified of their status by Oct. 31. Forms are available at the General Conference Web site, http://www.umc.org/gc2004/, or may be requested by mail from Mark Wharff, 2064 Sheldon Drive, Modesto, CA 95350-0389, or by sending an e-mail message to MRWharff@cs.com.

Sign up for our newsletter!

SUBSCRIBE

Latest News

General Conference
Delegates Jorge Lockward and the Rev. Beth Ann Cook embrace during the closing moments of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The two had previously spoken on opposite sides in a debate over possible church exit plans. U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation General Conference approved. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Exiting congregations face hefty price tag

U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation approved by General Conference 2019. The big cost will be pensions.
General Conference
Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev. Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen)  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Court OKs part of Traditional Plan, exit plan

However, United Methodist Judicial Council rules that some key parts of denomination-wide plan are still unconstitutional.
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.