The General Conference is the only official-speaking body of The United Methodist Church. It is made of delegates, half of them laity and half of them clergy, elected by their Annual Conference. The number of delegates from an Annual Conference is based on its membership. For Holston we have 6 clergy delegates and 6 lay delegates. It meets every four years, although the 2020 session had to be postponed because of COVID.
The next General Conference is scheduled for April 23 – May 3, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Details and further news about it will begin to emerge in the summer of 2023.
More information about General Conference can be found at www.umnews.org.