“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Below, you will find the instructions on how launch the process for submitting Bylaw Amendment Proposals for consideration by the General Conference to be convened 1-5 July 2019 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

We rely on the wisdom, experience, discernment, and gifts of all of our members–lay and clergy alike–to guide our denomination toward a future with hope!

Closer to Conference, you will find all the documents for the General Conference Business Meeting on this page. These documents are also cross-posted at on the Governing Board website. All links will open into a linked document.

Rev. Victoria L. Burson
Chair, Governance Committee


Rev. Onetta Brooks
Chair, GC Business Meeting Planning Team

Instructions on how to submit a Bylaw Amendment Proposal:

Bylaw Proposal Instructions for Clergy and Lay House (PDF)

Bylaw Proposal Instructions for Governing Board and Council of Elders (PDF)

For members of the Lay House and Clergy House, the deadline for submission is January 2, 2019.

For the Governing Board and Council of Elders, the deadline for submission is May 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Bylaws Team at

Business Meeting Documents: 

Lay Delegate Manuel: English

Proposed Business Forum Agenda: English 

Proposed Business Meeting Agenda: English