July 15-18, 2020 | Billings, Montana
Pre-conference meetings July 13 and 14, 2020
Our Western Jurisdictional Conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Billings, Montana. As we gather in Montana, we will have traveled from the eastern edges of Colorado and Montana, the islands of Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan in the west, from Alaska in the north, Arizona in the south, and all places in between to reach this location near the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana.
We gather together to live out and model our Western Jurisdiction vision: A home for all God’s people, gathered around a table of reconciliation and transformation: the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church is multicultural and inclusive, engaged in the life of its communities, with confident, effective lay and clergy leadership who, in diverse ministry settings, form disciples who live out the Good News of Jesus as global citizens.
We will continue to engage in experiences of permeable boundaries as delegates are seated not by annual conferences but as inclusive members of the jurisdiction. At this conference, we will celebrate the retirements of Bishop Grant Hagiya and Bishop Robert Hoshibata, and elect two new bishops to serve within our jurisdiction. We will also spend time determining how we move forward in these challenging and changing times.
All are called to be part of this quadrennial gathering of delegates, bishops, and guests for a time of holy conferencing.
Registration details will be available on the registration page (coming soon!).
- For further information or questions about the 2020 Western Jurisdictional Conference event, please contact Program and Arrangements Team Leader Rev. Karen Nelson at
- For registration questions, please contact Registrar Carol Hatch at
Deadlines, formatting and submission details, and Conference-Endorsed Candidates Packet are all be available on the Conference Secretary’s page.
As details of the conference schedule are confirmed, they will be added to the online schedule page. A livestream link will also be available on that page during the conference.
Requesting Changes to Rules of Order
In accordance with Conference Rule: Article IX, Rule 25 on page 90 of the 2016 Conference Journal, individuals or groups within the jurisdiction requesting changes in the published Rules of Order and Plan of Organization shall send proposed changes to the Rules Chairperson, Emily Allen, no later than March 1, 2020. Proposed Rules Changes may be emailed to . The revised Rules of Order and Plan of Organization will be presented at the 2020 Western Jurisdictional Conference.