Following the action at General Conference

Therefore Go-color logoMore than 850 clergy and lay delegates, plus bishops, communications and media professionals, staff members of church boards and agencies, worship leaders and observers will gather May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon for the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The primary task: revising the denomination’s Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions through legislative action. In the course of the 11-day gathering, delegates also will worship, pray, engage in discussion and approve plans and budgets for the next four years.

Here are a few ways to keep up with what happens during General Conference:

Look to www.arumc.org and the Arkansas Conference Facebook page for updates highlighting the work and perspectives of members of the Arkansas delegation.

Rely on gc2016.umc.org for:

Read the June 3 issue of the Arkansas United Methodist for a roundup of the actions taken by General Conference, how Arkansas delegates influenced those actions and how changes may affect Arkansas churches.

Download the General Conference smartphone app to stay informed on the go.

Editor’s note: Additional information will be available from unofficial sources. Keep in mind these words of the Rev. Mark Norman, head of the Arkansas delegation: “I think one thing we need to be mindful of is that every bit of information that we receive about General Conference is not necessarily what’s happening. There may be parties on both extreme sides that may be presenting their take in the Twittersphere…. Filter what’s going on, because everything that’s happening is not officially happening. There are communicators that are there to help report to you, so any tweet that comes from an individual person may just be their opinion, not necessarily what’s going on.”