Can we get a 20-percent-off coupon for General Conference?
HOUSTON (UMNS) — If the cost projection is accurate, The United Methodist Church will spend some $10.8 million for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore., the next gathering of the denomination’s top lawmaking body. The Rev. C. Chappell Temple, pastor of Lakewood United Methodist Church in Houston and veteran General Conference delegate, offers three ideas for cutting costs.
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Action Item : Election of Delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences
Submitted by: Lisa King and Steve Zekoff, Delegates, General/Jurisdictional Conference 2012
Whereas the new possibility of electing delegates two years prior to General Conference was created when the 2012 General Conference revised The Book of Discipline. Previously, the Discipline specified one year prior. ¶502.3 now reads: Delegates to the General Conference shall be elected at the session of the annual conference held not more than two annual conference sessions before the calendar year preceding the session of General Conference. At least thirty days prior to the calendar year, the secretary of the General Conference shall notify the bishop and the secretary of each annual conference of the number of delegates to be elected by that annual conference; and
Whereas the number of 2016 delegates allocated to the Wisconsin Conference by Disciplinary formula will be known by early December, 20131; and
Whereas a Structure Task Force of the North Central Jurisdiction is having conversations about the future jurisdictional structure; and
Whereas mandatory and potential elective retirements within the NCJ College of Bishops will result in several episcopal elections at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference; and
Whereas a 2014 election of Wisconsin’s delegation to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional conferences would identify our delegates to other annual conference delegations and allow our elected representatives to actively engage in structural and election discussions over the following two years;
Therefore be it resolved that at its 2014 session the Wisconsin Annual Conference conduct the election of delegates and reserves to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional conferences, following the procedures specified in Wisconsin Conference Policy 188.8.131.52
1The General Conference delegates allocated to Wisconsin over the past three quadrennium:
2004: six laity and six clergy, with an additional six of each for Jurisdictional
2008: five clergy and five laity, with an additional five of each for Jurisdictional
2012: three laity and three clergy, with an additional three of each for Jurisdictional
2140.0.0 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegations
140.1.0 Nominations and Elections:
140.1.1 Lay and clergy United Methodists of Wisconsin who are interested in election as General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegates may submit brief biographical sketches of themselves which will be distributed by the Conference Secretary in the pre-Conference materials. The Conference Secretary shall present the balloting procedures during the opening plenary of an election year session for adoption by the Annual Conference. In addition to the delegates elected to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences, there shall be four clergy and four lay reserve delegates elected to the Jurisdictional Conference.
140.2.0 Organization of the Delegation:
140.2.1 Following election of the General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates, the Bishop or a person designated by him/her shall convene such delegation, including the reserve delegates to Jurisdictional Conference, at a time and place set by the convener. The convener shall preside at this delegation organizational meeting until a secretary pro tem of the delegation is elected, who shall call the next meeting of the delegation. At that next meeting of the delegation, the chair and other officers shall be elected from among the delegation membership, as well as election of the members of the Jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy for the following quadrennium.
The chair of the delegation shall be elected alternating quadrenniums between the clergy and lay members.
140.2.2 Travel expenses for delegation meetings shall be paid from the Annual Conference delegation budget. The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) pays travel expenses and per diem relating to the General Conference attendance directly to delegates. Expenses of the first lay and clergy reserve delegates will be paid from the delegation budget, following the same policies as followed by GCFA for delegates. The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) pays travel expenses and per diem relating to Jurisdictional Conference attendance directly to delegates. Expenses of the first clergy and lay reserve delegates will be paid from the Annual Conference delegation budget, following the same policies as followed by the NCJ for delegates.
The Judicial Council recently met to discuss and rule on GC and Annual Conference decisions. At the Wisconsin Annual Conference in 2012 a question came up concerning the formation of a Clergy Covenant task force. Bishop Lee’s decision was upheld by the Judicial Council. See the link under Coucil roundup for more information.
Fall 2012 Judicial Council roundup
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (UMNS) — A United Methodist bishop can be placed in involuntary retirement. That was among the rulings by the denomination’s top court at its Oct. 24-27 session. The Judicial Council also reviewed various bishop rulings on sexuality matters. Read story and post a comment
Judicial Council upholds security of appointment
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s top court has struck down legislation approved by General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly, that would have weakened job security for clergy. Read story and post a comment
Court to weigh end of clergy job guarantees
ELK GROVE, Ill. (UMNS) — Does eliminating guaranteed full-time appointments for elders violate The United Methodist Church’s constitution? The denomination’s top court this week will take up that question. In addition to the constitutional issue, the Judicial Council could weigh whether the church’s top legislative body actually made the intended change to guaranteed appointments at all. Read full story and post a comment
As per The Book of Discipline 2008, # 27. Article V – election of bishop(s) is one of the duties of JC (of the six duties) and election of bishops is the second duty. The very first one is: “to promote the evangelistic, educational, missionary, and benevolent interests of the church and to provide the interests and institutions within the boundaries.” Because we have been missing the “evangelistic and missionary” focus, the numbers are decreasing at all levels. I don’t mean numbers are everything but it is one of the critical elements of being part of UMC. Delegates are elected based on numbers – number of people on roll and in the pews and that’s the reality. WAC has paid GC apportionment for more than two decades – almost close to quarter century.
With a heavy heart, I like to share the following:
Since GC 2012, I have been hearing – Sam, so, now, Dakotas and Minnesota have become two-point conference, when is WAC going to be part of two-point conference?
I hope and pray that that does not happen but with my humble and simple prayer: “Thy will be done in WAC, as it is in heaven.”
What I am learning – nothing is new, we have been talking (making tires) about all these things (changes) for years/decades. When are these tires going to hit the road? We are filled with fine and fantastic ideas but no strategy to implement them that reformation of the church and transformation of the world would happen. Yes, I am part of partying and celebrating all the good ministries with and around us but not enough for and in the global church and the kingdom. We have the potential to do great things.
Looking forward to a Future with Missional Hope!
You could say, then, that this conference is not exciting. Perhaps. Our plenary sessions have been times to hear reports from committees and ministries around the jurisdiction. Sometimes interesting, sometimes rote.
What I have enjoyed most is building relationships with those in the Wisconsin delegation and other delegates, especially young adults, from around the jurisdiction. I have also enjoyed and been fed by hearing our Bishops preach.
What we have lost in frenzy, we have made up for in time for reflection. We are still processing the effects of General Conference. Bishop Keaton, in his Thursday morning sermon, mused about the role of redemptive suffering in General Conference. Is it possible, he wondered, that the suffering of General Conference was the best thing that could have happened to us? I am willing to entertain Bishop Keaton’s idea, especially because his reinterpretation will stick with me and hopefully chip away at my disappointment. Hopefully. His reflection is one among many.
As for me, I am learning much about this level of our church’s ministry and I am honored to be representing Wisconsin, hoping in four years to enjoy for the first time the frenzy of multiple episcopal elections!