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GC2019 FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about GC2019 and its outcome.

Bishop's GC2019 Q-and-A Webinar

What just happened? What does it mean for us? Bishop Farr holds a question and answer session focused on the Special Called Session of General Conference.

GC2019: Sample pastoral letter to the congregation

Pastors of United Methodist churches are seeing a wide range of reactions to General Conference within their congregation. Some church members may need time to heal from emotional wounds while others may be concerned about the potential effects on their congregation. United Methodist Communications is providing a sample pastor's letter to help them address these concerns. You are welcome to share this letter with your congregation or use it as a guide for formulating your own letter.

Preaching and Talking about General Conference 2019: Points for Pastors

This Sunday and in the weeks to come United Methodist pastors everywhere will be addressing their congregations about the decisions of General Conference 2019. Church members will have different reactions to the decisions and may have questions about how this will affect them or their congregation. Here are some talking points pastors may find helpful as they prepare to preach and lead discussions.

Bishop's Way Forward Conversation

Bishop Farr offers remarks and context related to the Way Forward discussion at one of his 21 regional Way Forward Conversations.

The Fine Art of Disagreement

La Croix UMC in Cape Girardeau released this original four-week biblically-based series on “The Fine Art of Disagreement” with accompanying videos and small group curriculum. Visit https://lacroixchurch.org/media/fine-art-of-disagreement-study​ to download this FREE small group resource. “We presented this series at La Croix ahead of the special-called session of General Conference in 2019, to prepare people to handle the storm that could be ahead,” stated Rev. Ron Watts. “We chose not to focus ...

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality is a video study course for small groups in congregations, campus ministries, and local and regional church leadership teams.

Overview of Proposals for General Conference 2019

At a glance comparison of the three plans submitted to the Special Session of General Conference by the Council of Bishops: Traditionalist, One Church and Connectional Conference plans.

Courageous Conversation about the Way Forward

Suggested outline for how to plan and conduct a Courageous Conversation about the Way Forward report including four sessions with PowerPoint presentation templates. The resources also include links to support materials and videos produced by the Way Forward Commission and Council of Bishops.

Anatomy of Peace by Arbinger Institute

An international bestseller that teaches concepts of reconciliation and conversation to transform personal, professional, and even global conflict through a fictionalized story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Being true to who we are can be difficult in a diverse community, but true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. Learn from Brown’s approach to being authentic without alienating yourself from others, especially those with whom you disagree.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Kerry Patterson et al

This best-seller has taught millions how to transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue. With practical ideas, this resource imagines it is possible to make it safe to talk about almost anything.

Faultlines: Holy Conversations about Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church by Abingdon

A collection of resources—including small group studies and books—intended to inform the conversations around human sexuality within the United Methodist Church as the denomination prepares for the General Conference.

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott

A guide to transforming everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to overcome barriers to meaningful communication, enrich relationships, increase clarity and improve understanding, handle strong emotions, and connect more deeply with others.

Finding the Sweet Spot: Holy Conversation by The Missouri Conference

Four devotional sessions with video and discussion guide support on holy conversation as a means of grace designed for use with small group or leadership training. Great for church councils and leadership teams.

Is It Time? Helping Laity and Clergy Discuss Homosexuality One Question a Time by Adolf Hansen

From the Faultlines collection, this resource contributes to the conversation by presenting questions for laity and clergy to explore as they engage in open dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect, even when the conversation partners disagree.

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church by Abingdon

From the Faultlines collection, this four-week study will help you grapple with various views about the ministry and teaching of The United Methodist Church around issues of human sexuality. And it will help you discern, in prayer and conversation, how you can respond faithfully in love of God and neighbor.

Missio Day Small Group Discussion Questions

Small group discussion questions set in a PowerPoint slide show for use in aiding discussion and study of Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.

Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness by General Board of Higher Education

Suitable for a six-to-eight week study, the resource will help you take stock of the Wesleyan heritage and ask how we can best participate in God's mission for the church.

Unafraid and Unashamed: Facing the Future of United Methodist by Wil Cantrell

Developed to aid local pastors in effectively communicating the issues facing the denomination on human sexuality that threatens the unity of the church in a manner that strengthens and nurtures.

Unity in Mission: A Bond of Peace for the Sake of Love by C. Andrew Doyle

A book and study guide to understand how The Episcopal Church, its churches, and congregations and diocese across the Anglican Communion may stay together in the midst of division over same-sex marriage.

Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness by General Board of Higher Education

This book represents the earnest conferencing by an international group of scholars who met to discuss human sexuality and the future of The United Methodist Church.

Unity Study Guide by General Board of Higher Education

Suitable for a 4-week study, this resource addresses how the church be a witness and provide for a diversified human community.