The top governing authority in the global United Methodist Church is the quadrennial General Conference, which last met April 24 — May 4 in Tampa, Florida.
We must not forget the positive. As IRD has reported elsewhere, this General Conference took several important, helpful steps, and those concerned for the biblical faithfulness and spiritual health of the UMC beyond 2012 have powerful reasons for encouragement. It is also worth mentioning that there are several leaders of General Conference logistics who I have always found to be very helpful and fair in my dealings with them, whatever their personal beliefs may be. And I appreciate the great many individuals who, for their part, do very hard, competent, and largely thankless work to make General Conference happen.