General Conference Delegate Nomination Process

Nomination forms sent to the Conference Office by April 16, 2018 will be included in the Pre-Conference Handbook.

The Pacific Northwest Conference is planning to elect its delegates for the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church during its Annual Conference at the Showplex Center in Puyallup on June 22-24, 2018. The 2020 General Conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from May 5-15, 2020 and the Jurisdicational Conference will be held July 15-18, 2020, in a location in the West.

As recommended by the current delegation, these delegates are being elected early so they can also serve as part of the support team for the Special Called Session of General Conference February 23-26, 2019 in St Louis, MO. Additional Jurisdictional delegates will be elected at the 2019 PNW Annual Conference Session.

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church meets once every four years to consider the business and mission of the global church. One clergy and one laity from Pacific Northwest Conference will be elected to serve as delegates to General Conference; we will also elect reserves to the same. 

Delegates must be able to commit to the entirety of the General Conference in Minneapolis, to serving on the support team for the delegation to the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis and to the Western Jurisdictional Conference. In addition, there will pre-meetings with the other members of the delegation before the General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Travel expenses for full delegates will be reimbursed based on a per diem set by the General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Expenses for other members of the delegation may be supported by the PNW Connectional Table.

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.

It is an honor and responsibility to serve as a delegate. It provides you the opportunity to be involved in the denomination and work with United Methodists throughout the nation and world, praying, worshipping together and deciding legislation.


If you have questions about the form or process, please email Anna Conklin and she’ll respond or direct your question as appropriate.


Role of Delegate

General Conference delegates are assigned to a legislative committee. They study resolutions that have been submitted for changes to the Book of Discipline. They divide into work groups to summarize and present information to the entire delegation to address legislation. The the jurisdictional conference the election of new bishops takes priority in addition to providing direction to the ministry priorities of the jurisdiction.

Responsibilities of Delegate

Delegates should be prepared to invest themselves fully in the Special, General and Jurisdictional Conferences. There is a significant commitment of both conference meetings plus regular meetings in advance with thousands of pages to review to prepare for legislation. Meetings at the conferences start at 8 a.m. and can last until 9 p.m. or later.

Qualifications of Delegates

Clergy

According to The Book of Discipline, 2016, the qualifications for clergy delegates are as follows:

¶35. Article IV.— The clergy delegates to the General Conference and to the jurisdictional or central conference shall be elected from the clergy members in full connection and shall be elected by the clergy members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference who are deacons and elders in full connection, associate members, and those provisional members who have completed all their educational requirements and local pastors who have completed course of study or an M. Div degree and have served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election. 

Lay

According to The Book of Discipline, 2016, the qualifications for lay delegates are as follows:

¶ 36. Article V.— The lay delegates to the General and jurisdictional or central conferences shall be elected by the lay members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference without regard to age, provided such delegates shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years next preceding their election, and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years next preceding their election, and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the time of holding the General and jurisdictional or central conferences.  

Conference Rules

Rule XI, Sec. 4.

Procedures Relating to Election of Delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences


(a)  At least ninety days before the Conference session at which elections are to be held, instructions and nomination forms approved by the Connectional Table shall be made available on the Conference website by the Director of Connectional Ministries to members of annual conference for the nomination of lay and clergy delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences.

(b)  Lay members may nominate only those candidates for election as lay delegates who meet the qualifications established by the General Conference and printed in the Discipline (¶35, ¶602.6), and who indicate their willingness to serve if elected by signing the nomination form. Clergy members may nominate only those candidates for election as clergy delegates who meet the qualifications established by the General Conference and printed in the Discipline (¶36, ¶316.6, ¶602), and who indicate their willingness to serve if elected by signing the nomination form. The Board of Ordained Ministry shall furnish a list of clergy eligible to serve as delegates.
 
(c)  Nomination forms sent to the Conference Office by April 1, preceding the Conference Session shall be arranged alphabetically and duplicated
in the Pre-Conference Handbook. Nomination forms returned after April 1, and before June 1, will be duplicated and distributed to the conference members at the time of their registration for the Annual Conference session.

(d)  At the discretion of the Conference Lay Leader, all candidates for election as lay delegates may be introduced at the Lay Session of the Annual Conference. All candidates for election as clergy delegates shall be introduced at the Executive Session of the Annual Conference.

(e)  On the opening day of the session, a nal opportunity shall be afforded for lay and clergy nominations from the oor by name only, without additional comments or introductions. Regular nomination forms, signed by those nominated from the floor, shall be led immediately with the Conference Secretary. Nothing in this procedure shall keep any eligible person from being named on any ballot.

(f)  The outcome of each Lay and Clergy ballot shall be clearly announced before the next ballot is taken.

(g)  At the sessions of the Conference, nominated lay and clergy candidates are encouraged to present promotional material for distribution describing their sense of call to the ministry of serving as a delegate, limited to a single sheet no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches printed through private arrangements by the candidate or sponsors. Promotional materials shall not be distributed after balloting has begun.

(h)  During the sessions of the Conference there shall be no demonstrations, electioneering, placards, or campaigning on the floor of the Conference.

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PNWAC18 Session

Washington State Fairgrounds
Showplex Center | Puyallup, WA
June 22 to June 24, 2018 

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