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Discipleship Ministries at General Conference 2024

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Please note that legislation from Discipleship Ministries has the signature of our former board President, Mark Webb. Although Bishop Webb has joined the Global Methodist Church, these pieces of legislation are official and approved by the board of Discipleship Ministries. Any proposals from Discipleship Ministries that show as submitted by Mark Webb were created and submitted prior to 2019 and did not require any updates to meet the current wishes of the board of directors.

This page exists to provide information regarding legislation proposed to General Conference for consideration in 2024 by the General Agencies of The United Methodist Church.

Click here to read some key ways your congregation can prepare for General Conference 2024.

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LEGISLATION PROPOSALS FROM DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES

The General Agencies of The United Methodist Church play a critical role in supporting the church's mission and ministry across the globe. Think of them as specialized departments, each with a unique focus and responsibility, working together to serve the broader objectives of the church. Each agency, with its specific focus, ensures that The United Methodist Church can effectively address the diverse needs of its members and the communities it serves, both locally and globally. They are essential in helping the church fulfill its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The proposals below are submitted for consideration at General Conference in 2024 from Discipleship Ministries. Each of these proposals was created, considered, approved of, and submitted by our Board of Directors to help refine and update Discipleship Ministries’ role within the United Methodist Church, as well as sustainability for the future. The proposals also include items submitted from the Division Ministries with Young People, which has an administrative relationship with Discipleship Ministries.

A detailed PDF of Discipleship Ministries' proposals is available for download. This PDF lists our proposals detailed language as well as their assigned numbers in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA). Please note that the formatting follows the standard for proposals. Regular font represents what language currently exists in the Book of Discipline. Strikethrough font represents language proposed to be deleted. Underlined font represents language proposed to be added.

Our staff would be happy to connect with leaders from delegations and Annual Conferences to discuss or address any questions related to these proposals prior to and at General Conference. Please contact Chris Wilterdink with questions or comments.

  • ¶268: Make National Plan Less U.S. Centric – 20118-DI-¶268-G - Broadens scope of Hispanic/Latino National Plan beyond U.S.-specific contexts. Removes the word "national" – works together with proposal for paragraph 269.
  • ¶269: Make National Plan Less U.S. Centric – 20119-DI-¶269-G - Broadens scope of Hispanic/Latino National Plan beyond U.S.-specific contexts. Removes the word "national" – works together with proposal for paragraph 268.
  • ¶533: Update Jurisdictional Young People's Ministries to Reflect Proposed Changes to Division on Ministries with Young People – 20120-DI-¶533-G - Proposed changes to the Global Young People’s Convocation and Division on Ministries with Young People require updates to responsibilities of jurisdictional, or equivalent bodies, for nominations.
  • ¶547.4: Update 547.4 to Reflect Proposed Changes to Division on Ministries with Young People – 20518-ST-¶547.4-G - Update to reflect proposed changes to Division on Ministries with Young People, creating a nominations process (as opposed to a naming process) for representatives to the Young People's Connectional Network.
  • ¶1101: Update Language for General Board of Discipleship – 20125-DI-¶1101-G - Update language to reflect current mission of the denomination.
  • ¶1102: Eliminate Redundancy in 1102 – 20126-DI-¶1102 - Combining information to eliminate redundancy.
  • ¶1106.4: Broaden the Idea of Christian Education – 20128-DI-¶1106.4-G - Broaden the Idea of Christian Education.
  • ¶1108: Broaden the Idea of Faith Formation – 20129-DI-¶1108-G - Add for clarity “Faith Formation, Intentional Discipleship and Christian Education.” Streamline and add to previous paragraphs, including small group and intentional discipleship ministries and eliminating ¶ 1117.
  • ¶1109: Broaden the Idea of Faith Formation – 20130-DI-¶1109-G - Updated language while eliminating detailed lists since ministry areas can change with need and the broader description allows both inclusion and change.
  • ¶1110: Examples in 1110 Eliminated for Clarity – 20131-DI-¶1110-G - Eliminated the many examples while retaining cooperation as a necessary duty.
  • ¶1111: Eliminate Duplication – 20132-DI-¶1111-G - Words stricken are not necessary because wording is included under responsibilities.
  • ¶1112: Eliminate Duplication – 20133-DI-¶1112-G - Redundant language eliminated.
  • ¶1113: Clarify Responsibilities – 20134-DI-¶1113-G - Add so that each area of responsibility is parallel in language. Broadens inclusion.
  • ¶1114: Clarify Responsibilities – 20135-DI-¶1114-G - Add language parallel to other areas of responsibility.
  • ¶1116: Clarify Responsibilities – 20136-DI-¶1116-G - Updated language and adapted into other paragraphs.
  • ¶1117: Adapted and Moved to 1108 and 1109 – 20138-DI-¶1117-G - Adapted and moved to ¶¶ 1108 & 1109.
  • ¶1118: Covered in 1102.11 – 20139-DI-¶1118-G - Already covered in ¶ 1102.11.
  • ¶1119: Covered in 1102.3 – 20140-DI-¶1119-G - Incorporated in ¶ 1102.3.
  • ¶1120: Eliminate Duplications – 20141-DI-¶1120-G - Eliminate Duplications.
  • ¶1201: Eliminate Duplications – 20143-DI-¶1201-G - Updates to paragraph 1206 regarding membership, as well as 1201 and all other places where the name “Division on Ministries with Young People” appears.
  • ND: Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century – ​20532-DI-NonDis - Strengthening the Black Church for the 21s t​ Century (SBC21) partnership, leadership, and support for Black congregations as existing congregations are strengthened and new faith communities are formed for fulfilling the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  • R8031: By Water and Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism – 20528-DI-R8031-G - Re-adopt “By Water and the Spirit.”
  • R8032: This Holy Mystery – 20528-DI-R8032-G - Re-Adopt “This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion” as an official teaching document of the Church Resolution 8032.
  • New Resolution: Abuse of Older Adults – 20630-CB-R9999-G - Recognition of statistics related to the abuse of older adults (above 60) as well as a call for General Agencies to provide resources and materials to address the issues.
  • New Resolution: Aging in the United States: The Church's Response – 20610-CB-R9999 - Recognition of older adult membership growth in the UMC in the U.S. and inclusion of a theological response for continued discipleship. Includes calls to action for society, as well as all levels of the church, with specific guidelines for those calls to action.
  • New Resolution: Support for the Upper Room's Emmaus Ministries at All Levels of the Church – 20631-DI-R9999-G - Resolution that encourages the church at all levels to further support and engage in the family of Emmaus Ministries, including: Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, Face to Face, and Journey to the Table.
  • R2101: Support for Chrysalis at All Levels of the Church – Allow to expire as Resolution in Line 28 Covers.
  • R2102: Support for Walk to Emmaus at All Levels of the Church – Allow to expire as Resolution in Line 28 Covers.

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WHAT IS GENERAL CONFERENCE?

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church is a key decision-making body that plays a crucial role in shaping the church's doctrine, policies, and social principles. Think of it as the highest legislative body, akin to a parliament or congress, where representatives from United Methodist congregations around the world gather every four years.

These representatives, called delegates, are both clergy and lay members. They worship together, join in discussions, and vote on various matters through a legislative process. Matters up for consideration can include changes to church law, adoption of new social principles, and resolutions on current moral, social, public policy, and economic issues. It's a forum where diverse voices come together to democratically shape the direction and policies of The United Methodist Church on a worldwide scale.

General Conference takes place from April 23 to May 3, 2024, in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). We encourage you to visit the General Conference website for up-to-date news articles and resources from the organizers of the event itself.

WHAT IS A DELEGATION AND WHO ARE MY REPRESENTATIVES?

A delegation to General Conference is the selected group of representatives from various geographic locations, identified by The United Methodist Church. These representatives come from around the world.

To discover who is part of the voting delegation for the area in which you reside, click here to view the online directory.

LEGISLATION PROPOSALS FROM OTHER GENERAL AGENCIES

This page will be updated to include links to websites and legislative proposals from all General Agencies. They are listed below in alphabetical order.

  1. General Board of Church and Society (GBCS): Focuses on advocacy and action on social justice issues, working to implement the Social Principles of the UMC.
  2. General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), now known as Discipleship Ministries: Provides resources and support for local church disciple-making and offers guidance in areas such as worship, leadership, and spiritual formation. This page is hosted by Discipleship Ministries, so please see our detailed legislation information above.
  3. General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM): The mission and humanitarian relief arm of the UMC, responsible for global mission work, including missionaries, disaster response, and health ministries.
  4. General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM): Oversees the education and ministerial development within the UMC, including support for seminaries and higher education institutions.
  5. General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, now known as Wespath Benefits and Investments: Manages pensions, health benefits, and investment assets for UMC clergy and lay employees.
  6. General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH): Preserves the history and heritage of the UMC and provides historical resources and research.
  7. General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR): Focuses on racial justice and promoting cultural diversity within the church.
  8. General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW): Works to ensure the full participation of women in the life of the UMC and addresses gender discrimination issues.
  9. General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM): Engages men in the UMC to grow in faith and service.
  10. General Commission on Communications, also known as United Methodist Communications (UMCom): Handles the communication, public relations, and marketing needs of the UMC.
  11. United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH): Publishes books, music, and other resources for the church.
  12. General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA): Manages the finances, administrative services, and statistical data of the UMC.
  13. United Methodist Women (UMW), also known as United Women in Faith (UWF): An independent organization dedicated to missions and advocacy for women, children, and youth.

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