The General Conference is the global gathering of The United Methodist Church where mission and ministry priorities are established and The Book of Discipline is reviewed for possible revisions. The General Conference is the policy setting body of United Methodism. The 2020 General Conference will be held May 5-15, in Minneapolis, MN.
During the 2019 Annual Conference Session in Columbus June 2-5, the South Georgia Conference will elect its delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. The South Georgia Conference will elect four (4) clergy and four (4) lay delegates to General Conference. An additional four (4) clergy and four (4) lay delegates will be chosen to complete the Jurisdictional Conference delegation. Alternates will also be elected.
The conference website is now open for receiving information from those interested in serving on the delegation. The website will remain open through May 30, 2019, for persons interested in declaring their desire to serve as a delegate. The profiles of lay and clergy candidates will remain available through the Annual Conference session.
According to our elections policy, the elections process is an attempt to bring all of us together, level the playing field, make the process public and fully transparent, and help us stay in covenant together. Any mass communication conducted outside the website, through printed or electronic means, undermines this covenant.
The Book of Discipline outlines the prerequisites for being elected to the delegation:
CLERGY: All clergy members in full connection (Full Elders and Full Deacons) are eligible for election whether or not they declare their interest to serve or furnish information on the conference elections website. The Presiding Bishop and/or Conference Secretary frequently will remind clergy that all eligible persons may be elected whether or not they have declared their candidacy.
LAITY: To be eligible for election, persons should be both professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years and active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years. There is no age requirement as long as membership and participation requirements are met. Although it is recommended that lay candidates declare their desire to stand for election through the conference website before the announced deadline, this recommendation does not preclude candidates from introducing themselves during the Laity Orientation Session in an election year.
For both lay and clergy, candidates must be willing to devote three weeks of their time to attend these conferences plus other days to attend meetings of the delegation, and should expect that they will bear a portion of the cost of being a delegate, since the per diem rates often do not cover all costs.
CLERGY: To view those interested in being a delegate: www.sgaumc.org/gcdelegate2020.
LAITY: To view those interested in being a delegate: www.sgaumc.org/