General Conference 2024

After years of waiting, the General Conference (GC) of the United Methodist Church is in the books. It reminded us of all we do as a connectional church through missions & ministry.  There were many decisions made which change the Book of Discipline. (Please see the highlights below.) We are still learning about the changes, and we should continue to pray about how they impact our family and our ministry. Christ United also has our eyes on our decision in the coming weeks about whether or not to exit from the denomination. 

Helpful Resources

Video Summary from Bishop Graves (Bishop of SGAUMC): Video

UM Communication Summary of Major Legislation: PDF

Post General Conference Update from Christ United Path Forward Team (Updated May 5th): PDF

General Conference Resource Hub: Website

South Ga UMC Departure Information: Website

Christ United Timeline & Conversations

  • April 23-May 3 :: General Conference in Charlotte, NC
  • May 14 at 6pm :: South Ga UMC Zoom discussing General Conference  (Register Here)
  • May 15 at Noon & 6pm :: Christ United Methodist Informational Meetings. We will communicate the major developments of General Conference & begin distributing the poll to church membership.
  • May 15-25 :: Christ United Methodist Professing Members encouraged to complete and return the poll. All professing members, who did not complete a Poll question on Wednesday, will be contacted via mail to get their response before May 25. Contact the Church Office if you have questions.
  • May 28 at 6:30pm :: Leadership Board Meeting when we will discuss and decide if we will request our DS Paula Lewis to schedule a Congregational vote to possibly leave the United Methodist denomination
  • June 1 :: Final Departure cost will be calculated and given to local churches
  • June 2-4 :: South Ga UMC Annual Conference in Tifton, GA
  • June 10 :: Informal meetings scheduled with the District Superintendent can begin (these are required before a church can vote) 
  • July 15 :: Last day for a church to schedule a Congregational Vote to depart the UMC
  • July 31 :: Last available day for a church to hold a Congregational Vote to depart the UMC
  • August 17 :: Special Called Annual Conference to ratify final local church departures under trustees provision. This session will be held in Macon.  
  • September 30 :: Deadline for all fees and other Disciplinary requirements (removing cross and flame logos) must be completed by a local church to complete the departure process.