The Way Forward


The General Conference of 2016 meeting in Portland, OR authorized the United Methodist Council of Bishops to convene a commission to consider “the way forward” in regards to the continued divisions in the church regarding the issues of same-sex marriage and the participation of homosexuals in the life of the church, and to submit a report to  called General Conference to meet in February of 2019.

The called General Conference will be held on February 24-28, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. The Council of Bishops has called for the entire church to be engaged in prayer in the days leading up to the gathering. This General Conference will be thinking about the future of the United Methodist Church and is trying to discern if there is any way of maintaining a unified church in the face of our disagreements.

This page is a place for folks from the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church to find information about the Way Forward and the called General Conference. We hope that this information will help you in your own personal prayers and discernment.

Slides from Orientation Session

Rev.’s Emily Reeves Grammer and Jay Voorhees led an orientation to the Way Forward conversation on Sunday, October 14, 2019. Click here to download the PDF version of the slides from that presentation. 

TNUMC Listening Sessions

The Tennessee Conference delegation will host multiple Listening Sessions this Fall to hear from you as they prepare to attend the Special Session of General Conference in St. Louis on February 23-26, 2019.

All of these listening sessions with members of our General Conference Delegation are open to everyone and will be on Sundays, 3-5 p.m.

Please note: this is NOT a presentation, but rather an opportunity for YOU to express your opinions and concerns as well as to pray with delegation members.

October 21 Cookeville First AND Donelson Heights
First UMC Cookeville
204 E Spring St
Cookeville, TN 38501-3310

Donelson Heights UMC
84 Fairway Dr
Nashville, TN 37214-2145

October 28 Gault Fine Arts Center
Martin Methodist College
423 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478
Parking available on Flower Street and South Fourth Street
Campus Map

November 4 Clark Memorial
Clark Memorial UMC
1014 14th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208-3054

November 11 Madison Street
Madison Street UMC
319 Madison St
Clarksville, TN 37040-3646

Links to More Information

Tennessee Annual Conference Way Forward Information

TNUMC Praying Our Way Forward

Commission on the Way Forward

General Conference of 2019 Information

Commission on the Way Foward Final Report

Way Forward Presentations, Essays, Videos & Sermons
From the Great Plains Annual Conference.


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