Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the Houston Area presides over a May 2 debate on denominational restructure at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.
TAMPA, FL (1 p.m. EDT, 05/02/12) General Conference 2012 has adopted a plan for restructuring The United Methodist Church. After a morning of debate, delegates approved an amended "Plan UMC" before breaking for lunch. It had been amended, by a vote of 608 to 338, to give Central Conferences approximately 30 percent representation on program agency boards and the proposed General Council for Strategy and Oversight.