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The General Conference of the United Methodist Church meets every four years to make important decisions about the mission emphasis, denominational structure and other topics that impact the global church. The 2020 General Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 5-15, 2020. All who are interested in being a delegate to General Conference must complete a nomination form.
Important dates and considerations:
Clergy Nominees Qualifications
¶ 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 of 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 Nominees Qualifications
¶ 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 delegatesshall 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.
Questions? Email the Conference Secretary Nitza.Dovenspike@iaumc.org.