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Candidates for the Episcopacy

July 6, 2012

As you have read elsewhere on this blog, episcopacy elections are held at Jurisdictional conferences.  Each Jurisdiction has an episcopacy committee that is similar to the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) of the local church.  The episcopacy committee meets regularly with bishops, receives feedback on needs and wants for a bishop from local conferences, and recommends conference appointments for the bishops.  The episcopal candidates are recommended by the conferences and elected by the jurisdictional delegates.

The North Central Jurisdiction will not be holding episcopacy elections this year. This decision is a result of several factors.  Two North Central Jurisdictional conferences are uniting under one bishop (Dakotas and Minnesota) leaving the jurisdiction with one extra bishop. Bishop Linda Lee’s retirement eliminates the problem of having an extra bishop in the jurisdiction and evens out the number between episcopal leaders and areas.  With an equal number of bishops and areas the Jurisdiction does not need to elect a new bishop.  The episcopacy committee of the North Central Jurisdiction will focus on the appointment of current bishops.

Elsewhere in the denomination Jurisdictions are preparing for episcopal elections. To see a list of candidates, visit the UMnews article linked below.

44 candidates for the episcopacy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — There are now 44 candidates for the episcopacy. Learn who they are.

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