General Conference

General Conference 2020

The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference, a denominational gathering of elected delegates from around the world, was scheduled to meet in Minneapolis. It has been postponed twice, and will not occur May 5-15, 2020 as planned. The new dates are Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

At a General Conference, delegates discuss and vote on petitions and resolutions proposed by individuals, agencies, annual conferences, and other groups within the denomination. A number of proposals to change the structure of The United Methodist Church and to separate as a denomination were to be considered in 2020.

During General Conference, the Minnesota communications team will be on the ground to provide timely coverage, all of which will appear on this page.

 Minnesota Conference's delegates and alternate delegates.

Minnesota delegation

Rev. Carol Zaagsma and Dave Nuckols will serve as Minnesota’s delegates at this General Conference. They will also be delegates at the 2020 North Central Jurisdictional Conference (special session will take place Nov. 11-13, 2021 in fort Wayne, IN), along with Rev. Woojae Im and Becky Boland. Alternate delegates for both conferences are Revs. Jeff Ozanne, Susan Mullin, Henry Dolopei, and Donna Dempewolf, along with lay people Walker Brault, Cindy Saufferer, Jessica Lanes, and Shirley Durr. 

To share your thoughts with the delegation, email

Delegates Dave Nuckols and Rev. Carol Zaagsma speak at the General Conference Pre-Conference Briefing in Jan. 2020. Photo UMNS.

Links and information

  • General Conference web page: This official web page contains information about the 2020 legislation, schedule, registration, and denominational news. Registration will open in 2021.  View web page 
  • Key legislation: Here’s a chart summarizing and comparing each of the key proposals about the structure of the UMC.  View chart
  • Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA): This resource contains the agenda, rules, delegate listings, petitions, reports from the general agencies/commissions and study committees, information for delegates, and codes of conduct for the 2020 General Conference.  View ADCA
  • Hosting: The Dakotas-Minnesota Area will host the rescheduled General Conference in Minneapolis. A website welcomes visitors and helps them navigate the city.  View host website
  • Volunteering: The Dakotas-Minnesota Host Team hopes that those who have already signed up to volunteer will keep their name on file for the rescheduled General Conference. Volunteers of all ages, interests, and abilities will be needed to extend hospitality to siblings in Christ at General Conference. Contact to learn more.
  • General Conference primer: A guide for anyone wanting to understand what this denominational gathering is all about, it includes everything from what General Conference is to who attends to how it’s conducted.  View primer
  • General Conference 2019: The Minnesota Conference’s coverage of General Conference 2019 gives the Minnesota delegates’, bishop’s, and attendees’ perspectives on what took place in St. Louis.  Access all articles, photos, and videos 

Resources for moving forward

During this season of change within The United Methodist Church, we’ve developed and compiled some helpful resources for you and your congregation to use in the months leading up to General Conference.  View resources

General Conference 2019 Special Session

The Council of Bishops called a Special Session of the General Conference that took place Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose was to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward and to discern a way forward related to the issue of homosexuality.  Learn more

The Lydia Project

United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota were invited to knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves as a gesture of hospitality to attendees of General Conference 2020.  Learn more


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