First United Methodist Church, Arlington Heights pastor, Bonnie Beckonchrist is currently attending the 2012 General Conference. Please have her in your thoughts and prayers as she and many others work to help transform the world.
The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, the General Conference, will gather April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Florida. Setting policy and direction for the church, as well as handling other business, will be 988 delegates from around the world.General Conference meets every four years and is the only entity that speaks for The United Methodist Church.
The theme of the 2012 conference is “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ to Transform the World.”
The 25-member Commission on the General Conference, led by Randall Miller of Emeryville, Calif., has planned the conference. A local committee from the Florida Annual Conference, under the leadership of Bishop Timothy Whitaker, is hosting the event. The Rev. Jim Harnish, senior pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, is chairman of the host committee. Some 4,000 people will serve in a variety of roles, such as greeters, registration officials, marshals, pages, translators, hosts, guides, drivers, musicians, technicians, reporters and emergency responders. The majority will be volunteers.