Resources to prepare for General Conference

Join Robert Schnase for “Remember the Future: 30 Days of Preparation,” a series of reflections as The United Methodist Church prepares for General Conference 2012. These daily meditations explore hope, purpose, leadership and making and becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. With Wesleyan, scriptural, and leadership themes, explore together the mission of the church in a time of great change.Watch Robert Schnase’s video about the Call to Action, and sign up today to receive the first of your daily meditations March 26!   “The purpose of Remember the Future is to deepen understanding and further conversation about the key issues

 that shape our mission and future as a denomination. I hope the daily writings help focus the conversation on the mission of the church in Christ,

and that they cause delegates at General Conference as well as local church leaders to continually remember the future!”

Bishop Schnase recommends:
Peter Steinke’s A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope for those who want to better understand change and resistance.
Gil Rendle’s Journey in the Wilderness: New Life for Mainline Churches provides an excellent and in-depth analysis of the challenges facing United Methodism. It may be the single best text for understanding where we are and some of the ways forward as a denominational family.

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The final General Conference Listening session will be held March 12

With General Conference coming in April 2012, and Jurisdictional Conference coming in July 2012, it is important that the elected delegation of both clergy and laity hear from all persons in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference who would like to speak to the issues which will be discussed, debated, and voted at General Conference in Tampa, FL next spring.   Each of these listening sessions will be identical in their structure, and will be held in various parts of the Annual Conference in order to accommodate the most number of persons.

Each of the listening sessions will follow this basic format:  First Hour: Issues related to human sexuality and the church; Second Hour: Issues related to clergy appointments, such as itinerancy; Fifteen minute break; Final Session: Any other issues pertinent to General Conference.    The final Listening session:  March 12, 6:30 to 9:00 pm at Ephrata: First.  Please note: If using or a GPS do not enter the church address (68 N. Church St., Ephrata, PA), enter the intersection (Church St., and Locust St., Ephrata, PA)

Anyone in the Annual Conference, lay or clergy, wishing to attend these sessions are welcome!  Groups wishing to make presentations at one or more of the sessions should be in touch with Delegation Chairperson Dr. Mary White at  Please notify Dr. White at least a week ahead of the listening session.

Representatives from The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference will attend General Conference 2012

Bishop Peggy Johnson will sit with the Council of Bishops on stage.

Who else will go?
Read about our elected delegation:

Only 48 more days until General Conference begins!

Share this with members of your church:

  • Sign up to receive The Upper Room’s “50 Days of Prayer Before and During the General Conference.” Download a free e-book (epub) or PDF version, or subscribe to the daily email at 50 Days of Prayer.
  • Organize a prayer vigil in your local church, cluster or district. Consider praying throughout the hours that General Conference is in session (April 24-May 4 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT).
  • Conduct a commissioning service for intercessors on Sunday, March 11. Use the online commissioning service for members committing to 50 days of prayer for General Conference and all who will participate in a prayer vigil. The 50 days begin March 16 and continue through May 4.
  • Contribute to social media sites. Visit Facebook page “2012 UMC General Conference Prayer Ministry” and Twitter @GC2012Pray to participate in conversation about this prayer movement.

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