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What is Jurisdictional Conference anyway? Part 1

June 6, 2012

So what is Jurisdictional Conference anyway? 

PART 1 – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BOUNDARIES

The UMC world-wide is divided into the “Central Conferences” (non-US) and the 5 “Jurisdictional Conferences” in the United States.  Wisconsin is in the North Central Jurisdictional Conference (NCJC).

A Jurisdictional Conference is a collection of Annual Conferences.   The NCJC includes the following Annual Conferences:

Dakotas 

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Iowa

Northern Illinois

Illinois Great Rivers

West Michigan

Detroit

Indiana

East Ohio

West Ohio

An “Episcopal area” may include more than one Annual Conference.  For example, West Michigan and Detroit are currently served by a single Bishop, and the Dakotas and Minnesota will be merged into a single Episcopal area with a single Bishop beginning September 1, 2012.

The NCJC currently has ten Bishops, and with the combination of the Dakotas and Minnesota, will be shrinking to nine Episcopal areas.  Bishop Lee will be retiring, so the remaining nine Bishops will be assigned to serve the existing areas.

-Diane Odeen

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