General Conference 2012: iOS app review

In my quest to be a good United Methodist, I have been spending time here and there over the last several weeks getting up to date on all of what is up for vote and debate, but it wasn’t until this afternoon that I realized there was a great iOS app that would take care of a lot of what I was piecing together from different sources online.

Of course the app is not easily named, nor is it particularly beautiful (both a big surprise I’m sure).  It is called “The Official Mobile App of The United Methodist Church General Conference 2012”  which meant that the only way for me to find it in the app store easily was to follow a link from the UMC site.  Try typing that with your thumbs!  However, the app is pretty solid on the whole.

You are able to search for and view individual petitions, read the current news and watch a live stream.  That about covers every aspect that I was looking for, but if you are one of the lucky few to have been sleeted to spend 12+ hours a day on the ground a General Conference, it also has some features that will help you navigate the ins and outs including a schedule and a map that can link into the iOS location data to help you get where you need to be.

All in all, I’d say every United Methodist that cares to know what is happening over these next critical days needs to download the General Conference app.

Jeremy Steele has been working in youth ministry for the past fifteen years and now serves as the Next Generation Minister  at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL.  He writes for Group Magazine, RETHINK Church and various publications and organizations.  You can find a link to all the places he contributes on his website at


  1. Have you been able to use the My Schedule portion work? Cannot seem to include or add my schedule

  2. I didn’t even think to use it since I was not at the conference, but I am having the same problem… have you had any luck getting it to work?

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