Welcome to the landing page for 2020 Special Session of General Conference taking place

Here you will find information and resources applicable to the Central Texas Conference. More information as it comes available will be accessible on this page.




News and Information

Summaries of news and information and/or relating to General Conference 2020 will appear below in chronological order as information/articles are posted. Click on titles for full details. 



UMCNext plan would end LGBTQ restrictions

Aug. 19, 2019 | DALLAS (UM News)
A group of centrists and progressives is offering a plan that would eliminate The United Methodist Church’s restrictions against LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings, while allowing local churches that disagree to depart and organize into new forms of Methodism. This latest effort to address the denomination’s deep, longstanding division over homosexuality comes from the convening team of the UMCNext coalition, which includes Reconciling Ministries Network, Uniting Methodists and Mainstream UMC.


What to expect at General Conference 2020

Aug. 16, 2019 | LEXINGTON, Ky. (UM News)
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, organizers hope to improve proceedings at General Conference 2020. Among the adjustments that delegates can expect are stricter requirements for their credentials after an investigation found four ineligible people cast votes during the 2019 special General Conference using credentials of absent delegates. Changes at The United Methodist Church’s top policy-making assembly also include more time for legislative action during plenary sessions as well as some proposed revisions to the rules of order.

Group drafts separation plan for denomination

Aug. 13, 2019 | DALLAS (UM News)

The United Methodist Church’s conflict over homosexuality is irreconcilable and calls for amicable separation into different denominations, according to a 12-person group of centrists, traditionalists and progressives that began meeting in late June.

“We’ve discovered The United Methodist Church can’t live in the same house together peaceably, but we can live next door to one another,” said the Rev. Kent Millard, president of United Theological Seminary and one of the group’s organizers.

2 bishops offer plan for denomination’s future

July 10, 2019 | UM News
Two bishops propose turning The United Methodist Church into an umbrella organization for new, self-governing church groups that would offer different approaches on ordination of gay clergy and same-sex unions. Michigan Conference Bishop David Bard and Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones began collaborating on a plan after the rancorous 2019 General Conference and shared it with United Methodist News this week.