General Conference 2019

General Conference
The Commission on General Conference meets in August at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. Both the denomination’s bishops and finance agency are following up on commission requests. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Bishops, agency respond to GC2019 vote probe

Both bishops and the finance agency have agreed to take action following findings of voting irregularities.
General Conference
Bishops Thomas J. Bickerton (center) and Gregory V. Palmer (right) confer with colleagues on legislative procedures during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Bickerton is the Council of Bishops representative on the Commission on General Conference. The Commission on General Conference — meeting behind closed doors — reviewed an investigation that found evidence of four ineligible people casting votes using the credentials of delegates who were not present. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Improper voting at GC2019 voids key vote

An investigation into General Conference has determined that the number of ineligible voters was sufficient to affect a vote regarding how churches can leave the denomination.
General Church
Christine Dodson asks a question at the General Council on Finance and Administration board meeting on July 18 in Dallas. Dodson serves as vice president of GCFA’s board and is treasurer of the North Carolina Conference. She and fellow board members discussed reduced giving across the church since General Conference 2019, a contentious event that underscored the church’s divisions over how accepting to be of homosexuality. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Apportionment collection rates down after GC2019

Denomination’s finance agency reports declines in giving through June across the seven general church funds.
Local Church
Coy United Methodist Church in Preston, Miss., is among seven Mississippi congregations that left the denomination on June 30. Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Conference.

7 Mississippi churches exit denomination

Debates around sexuality caused his church to ‘lose focus,’ says one Mississippi pastor whose congregation is leaving The United Methodist Church.

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