NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ to Transform the World” will be the theme for The United Methodist Church’s 2012 General Conference, scheduled for April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Fla.

The theme, selected by the Commission on the General Conference, echoes the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The logo, which complements the theme, depicts a graphic image of the cross, representing the presence of Jesus Christ at the center of the church’s mission. Circles extending from the cross express energy and movement into ministry in the world. A bright sun and blue water represent Tampa.

United Methodist Annual Conferences worldwide, including the Indiana Conference, will be electing an equal number of lay and clergy delegates to General Conferences during their 2011 sessions. The total number of delegates can range between 600 and 1,000 elected United Methodists. That number is determined by the Secretary of the General Conference and will be made known later this year.