Resources for Pastors about GC2019


Resouce UMC and the United Methodist New Service has prepared materials for pastors to talks about and share information about the special called 2019 General Conference in St. Louis.

Pastoral Letter from President of the College of Bishops


March 1, 2019 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of ...

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Bickerton about GC2019


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton offers a response in the aftermath of the 2019 special General Conference: "Our lives have been and continue to be intertwined because of the mutual ministry we share."

Bishop's Daily Video Updates from General Conference 2019


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton will be offering an overview of the proceedings at the 2019 Special General Conference in St. Louis via a daily video. Watch the Sunday, Feb. 24 video here. You may also share and download the video from the link.  

Prioritizing Order of GC2019 Plans/Petitions


In a vote on Sunday afternoon, the General Conference 2019 delegates set the order in which the plans/petitions would be considered by the one legislative section. Five digits numbers refer to the resolution number; three digits indicate the page numbers in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate. Wespath Recommendations – Pensions Liabilities and CRS Traditional Plan (Except 90041 & 90048), 90032-90040, 90042-90047, 182-186, 190-194 Disaffiliation – Taylor – New Par. 2553, 90066, 205 ...

NYAC Team Leading Worship at GC2019


Raymond Trapp, left, is leading a worship team that includes Pastor Ximena Varas, second from left, Stephanie Parsons and Linda Mellor. The New York Conference will be well represented during the times of worship planned for morning and late afternoon at the special session of General Conference in St. Louis Raymond Trapp, director of music at Vanderveer Park UMC in Brooklyn, is serving as worship and music director – a role he will also have for the 2020 General Conference. He has ...

A Message from the NEJ Bishops


We bid you grace and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ:   During the Northeastern College of Bishops meeting on January 28-30, we, your bishops, prayed for the Church and in particular the clergy and laity of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.   As the Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis on February 23-26 is just days away, we invite each congregation and every member to join us in even deeper and more fervent prayer. We seek your prayers as the ...

Details Unveiled for Feb. 23 Day of Prayer


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of the Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, Feb. 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The event will be live-streamed at In releasing the details, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and Bishop Al Gwinn of the Praying Forward team thanked the representatives from...

Appointment Making & Clear Openings


Dear Clergy and Laity, May God’s grace and peace be with you as we enter this appointment season. Throughout the General Church we have many questions about our future as United Methodists. We are reminded that in every season we are called to be faithful. The Epistle letter to the people of Philippi reminds us, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God. And the peace that passes all understanding, will guard ...

Time Sensitive: Limited Funds for Travel to General Conference


At the 2018 New York Annual Conference session an offering was collected to enable travel to the 2019 General Conference in St Louis for those who are not delegates, alternates or staff.

Fleck Named NY-JFON Executive Director


Rev. Paul Fleck New York Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), an immigration legal services ministry of the United Methodist Church, has announced the selection of Rev. Paul Fleck as its full-time executive director.  Fleck has been active in immigrant advocacy in the New York Conference, having served as a past co-chair of the Conference Immigration Task Force and, more recently, helped found the New Sanctuary CT coalition that provides safe space for immigrants in Connecticut facing ...

Immigration Ministry Clears the Road to Bethlehem


UMC Missionary Mike and his wife, Grace, were helped by TJ Mills of Justice for Our Neighbors to resolve a visa issue. Editor’s note: This story first appeared on the National Justice for Our Neighbors website. JFON is an immigration ministry of the United Methodist Church that provides free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. They also engage in advocacy for immigrant justice, and offer education to communities of faith and to ...

Kennedy's 1968 Telegram to UMC Rings True Today


To the People of The United Methodist Church, In 1968, the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist Churches formed The United Methodist Church in a Uniting Conference. Robert F. Kennedy sent this congratulatory telegram to Bishop Reuben Mueller, to be shared with the assembly in Dallas. The telegram was discovered recently by General Commission on Archives and History staff under the guidance of General Secretary Alfred Day.  The telegram is dated April 22, 1968. Robert Kennedy...

Save the Date Special Annual Conference


Happy New Year's Greetings:   Save the Date – Saturday, March 16, 2019   Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton is calling for a Special Called Session of the New York Annual Conference on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at a place to be determined, for the purpose of reviewing and discussing the results of the Special Called Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.  This meeting will last from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All clergy and lay delegates to Annual Conference are expected to be ...

Statistical Tables to Open December 18


Our Annual Statistical Table process will be ready very soon! We anticipate the opening by GCFA on Tuesday, December 18 until midnight on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

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