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General Conference is The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body and gathers every four years.

The 2016 General Conference took place May 10-20 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore. Nine hundred and eighty-eight delegates from around the world set policy and direction for the church. Find more information at

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The Rev. Dr. Mande Muyombo paid tribute to the retiring bishops of the DR Congo during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Three of the four DRC bishops retire this year: Bishop David Yemba, Central Congo, who had a malaria relapse during the Portland meeting; Bishop Katembo Kainda, Southern Congo, and Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda, North Katanga.
United Methodists Approve New Geographical Structure for Southeast Asia
A new geographical provisional unit called a “central conference” for Southeast Asia and Mongolia was approved at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore.
Imagine No Malaria Celebration Rocks the House
At General Conference, Abundant Health: our Promise to Children is introduced as the next step in the denomination’s ‘faith-driven global health movement.’
A look at the achievements and vision for the denomination’s Four Areas of Focus for the next quadrennium.
The United Methodist Church Reaffirms Its Commitment to the Four Areas of Focus
A look at the achievements and vision for the denomination’s Four Areas of Focus for the next quadrennium.
Global Mission Fellow Chelsea Spyres assists volunteers as they prepare for lunch, which is served daily at the NOAH Project.
Global Mission Fellow to Represent Young People at GC 2016
Judith Santiago of Global Ministries sits with Global Mission Fellow Chelsea Spyres to learn about her current assignment, and how she is preparing to represent all youth at General Conference 2016.
Detroit Missionary to Speak
Global Mission Fellow Chelsea Spyres is among two people to share the Young People’s Address at the 2016 General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body.
Global Ministries and UMW
A commitment to deepening their collaboration in God's mission
Church Agencies Look Forward
The bureaucracy of The United Methodist Church is changing.
UM Execs Seek Creative Change
The UMC's general agencies will cut back, hang tough, and shift priorities.
Leadership Lessons from Bishop Kelly
Thank you, Bishop Kelly, for being a servant of God, a pioneer, an inspiration, and a trailblazer for all people.
Sharing Malawi's Stories with the Church in Senegal
A retired couple will serve as missionaries in Senegal's United Methodist Missionary Conference.
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