General Conference Publications

Daily Christian Advocate

Issued daily during General Conference, with proceedings, agenda, text of bills submitted, and news. As of 1988, this stands as the official Journal of the General Conference, so the Library no longer retains a separate file of the Advocate.

  • United Methodist Church (U.S.).
    Theo Period. D142
    (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
  • Methodist Church (U.S.).
    Theo Research Period. D 14
    (1939, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964)
  • Methodist Episcopal Church Theo Research Period. D14
    (1924, 1928, 1932)

Journal of the General Conference

Until 1988, this was a re-edited version of proceedings from the Daily Christian Advocate, but it is no longer re-edited, rather the Advocate stands as the official record.

  • United Methodist Church (U.S.)
    Reference BX 8382.2 .A1
    (1968-2000+)
  • Methodist Church (U.S.)
    Journal of the Uniting Conference.
    Reference BX 8382 .A1. Also Microfilm BX 8382 .A1.
    (1939)

    Journal of the General Conference.
    Reference BX8382 .A1. Also Microform BX 8382 .A1.
    (1940-1964)

  • Methodist Episcopal Church.
    A summary of the General Conferences from 1792 to 1896 is available in The General Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church from 1792 to 1896, prepared by a literary staff under the supervision of Lewis Curts (Cincinnati : Curts & Jennings, 1900).  Reference BX 8381 .A15. Also Microfiche BX 8381 .M57 1900.

    Journal of the General Conference.
    Reference BX 8381 .A1. Also Microfilm BX 8381 .A1.
    (1796-1836, 1840-1844, 1848-1856, 1860, 1872, 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1832, 1936.) (1866 is lacking in Reference)

  • Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
    Journal of the General Conference.
    Microfilm BX 8391 .A1
    (1846, 1850 1846, 1850, 1854, 1858, 1866, 1870, 1874, 1878, 1882, 1886, 1890, 1894, 1898, 1902, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1918, 1922, 1924 (special), 1926, 1930, 1934, 1938.  No conference was held in 1862.

The Book of Discipline.

The General Conference re-writes the Book of Discipline, which contains the rules for the church, every four years.

  • United Methodist Church (U.S.)
    Reference BX 8382.2 .A1
    Research BX 8382.2 .A1
    (1968-2000)
  • Methodist Church (U.S.)Reference BX 8382 .A1
    Research BX 8382 .A1
    (1940-1964)
  • Methodist Episcopal ChurchReference BX 8381 .A1
    Research BX 8381 .A1
    (1900-1936)