GC 2016

  • Twelve things from 2016 General Conference

    Twelve things from 2016 General Conference

    Monday, May 23, 2016 | GC 2016
    The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body met at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference, the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, convenes once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for churchwide programs. Here are twelve things that took place at the 2016 General Conference.
  • Bishop Ough: Go where the wounds are

    Friday, May 20, 2016 | GC 2016
    “If we are to obey Jesus’ command, if we are to accept Jesus’ Great Commission, if we are to follow Jesus’ pattern for making disciples, then we need to go where Jesus went,” Bishop Bruce R. Ough told General Conference attendees in the closing worship service. “We need to go where the wounds are and proclaim there is healing for every wound—every wound, every sin, every brokenness!” The closing address came Friday afternoon following two weeks of worship, celebrations, legislation, discussions, and fellowship. It was the final message to the 864 delegates and thousands of visitors who gathered in Portland from across the globe to discern God’s vision and make decisions that impact the denomination’s future.
  • Dakotas, Minnesota observe, prepare to host 2020 GC

    Friday, May 20, 2016 | GC 2016
    Members of the Minneapolis Host Committee are in Portland observing and volunteering so they're prepared to host General Conference in four years. The Minnesota and Dakotas Conferences will be hosting General Conference together.
  • 2016 GC is number ten for Bartle

    Friday, May 20, 2016 | GC 2016
    “The opportunity to serve at General Conference has brought me all over the country and allowed me to meet people from all over the world,” said Naomi Bartle, General Conference Committee on Correlation and Editorial Revision, retired Bishop’s Administrative Assistant for the Dakotas Area.
  • Dakotas Conference elder serves General Board of Higher Education

    Friday, May 20, 2016 | GC 2016
    Neil Blair, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry was present at 2016 General Conference in Portland. “I have not been to General Conference before. I am here as an observer. I am impresses with the grace and civility people have shared with each other. It is much different that I expected or heard it might be,” said Blair.
  • Role of reserve delegate at General Conference

    Friday, May 20, 2016 | GC 2016
    Rev. Roger Spahr served as the alternate clergy delegate for the Dakotas Conference at the 2016 General Conference in Portland. His role as an alternate provided an opportunity to observe and participate in the General Conference. The ten days of General Conference is intense. Oftentimes delegates call on reserve delegates to “sit in” or be seated as the delegate during plenary sessions. Delegates must fill out an official request each time the reserve delegate is seated. Spahr has been seated as a delegate five times during the 2016 General Conference.
  • General Conference wrap up

    Friday, May 20, 2016 | GC 2016
    Links to news and photos from the 2016 General Conference, May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. In addition to sharing news about key decisions and actions, there are also feature stories and videos about Dakotans who are at General Conference and reflections from members of the Dakotas delegation.
  • Cataldo leads prayer at GC worship

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 | GC 2016
    Jodi Cataldo, lay delegate for the Dakotas Conference, led the Prayer for Illumination at the Service of Commissioning of Missionaries at the 2016 General Conference on Thursday, May 19. “It was an honor to help celebrate the commissioning of the missionaries,” said Cataldo. “I was excited to be part of this big thing for our church and to connect with those being called to go out and serve the world.”
  • Bader shares young adult lens of General Conference

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 | GC 2016
    “I want to see the church unified. When I talk to other young people that is what they say they want. If we want to “make disciples to transform the world” we need solidarity,” said Matt Bader. Matt Bader, 21 is the alternate lay delegate to General Conference for the Dakotas Conference. He shared his thoughts as a young adult at General Conference in Portland.
  • Millard's call fed by the Dakotas Spirit

    Millard's call fed by the Dakotas Spirit

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Videos, GC 2016
    Rev. Kent Millard was called to ministry while attending church camp in the Dakotas Conference. Millard is attending General Conference in Portland, Oregon, and shared his faith journey and call to ministry in a video interview. "I thank God that there was a church in Faith, SD because had it not been there, I do not know what my life would have been like," said Millard.