2016 General Conference


The 2016 General Conference will assemble the top legislative body of the United Methodist Church. Delegates from all over the world will gather to discuss an array of varying moral, social, public, and even economic issues the church currently faces, or may potentially face in the near future. Delegates will revise church law, as well as negotiate church-wide initiatives and budgets.


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Quick Links

Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. 

Watch Live  (beginning Tuesday, May 10 )

View the 2016 GC Schedule  




General Conference Guide

The conference guide contains event schedules, multimedia resources, tips on this year’s major issues, keynote speakers, and much more. 

Download the guide - also available in French, and Portuguese.


Legislation Tracking Tool 

View and track petitions being voted on during General Conference. 


General Conference App

Stay connected to all conference happenings, with live streams, social media updates, and news, all delivered on the FREE General Conference app. 

Download App - available for Android and iOS

Key Issues 

Several major issues face delegates to the 2016 General Conference including church structure, human sexuality, young people, clergy matters and more. Click here to learn more about the key issues facing delegates. 


Indiana Legislation

The following petitions are being presented by the Indiana Conference. To view more on these or any petition presented during 2016 General Conference, use the Legislation Tracking tool 







¶ 161



¶ 161



¶ 162


Mandatory Vote

¶ 507


Withdraw from Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice



Indiana Delegation Dinner at General Conference 

The Indiana Delegation and other General Conference attendees from the Indiana Conference are invited to have dinner at GC with the Bishop. The dinner will be on May 12th at 7:00 p.m. at Sanford's at the Lloyd Center. Guests are advised to bring cash as the restaurant will only issue one check for a group our size.

Please RSVP to Frank Beard at frankb@castletonumc.org


Resources for General Conference Delegates

As delegates will play a focal role in conference legislature, there are resources available to help in making their positions and time easier to manage. 

Attending General Conference 2016: What you need to know


Delegation Members and Staff to General Conference 


Lay Members Delegates

Tyler Best

Allison Curts - Recorder

Ed Fenstermacher

John Lomperis

Amy Land

Leanna Zimmerman

Doris Clark - Vice Chair

James "Jim" Ottjes

Clergy Delegates

Frank Beard - Chair

Kimberly Reisman

Tony Alstott - Chaplain

Dave Neckers

Lisa Schubert Nowling

Russ Abel

Mitch Norwood

Beth Ann Cook

Other INUMC Staff: Bishop Mike Coyner, Cindy Reynolds, Skyler Nimmons, Helene Foust 


Prayer for General Conference 

The General Conference team has asked us to commit to praying for General Conference 2016. Join us in prayer by viewing weekly prayers, prayer points, etc. here.


For more General Conference tips and resources, read:

Housing for General Conference

Glossary of General Conference Terms

General Conference History and Highlights

Want to learn about General Conference 2016? We’ve got you covered!