General and Jurisdictional Conferences delegates elections

Are you called to serve as a lay or clergy delegate to General and/or Jurisdictional Conferences?

General Conference is the only United Methodist body that speaks on behalf of The United Methodist Church. Members of the 2012 Genral Conference will determine program emphases and budgets plus review church law and the church’s position on matters of social justice. The ten-day global General Conference meeting, April 24-May 4, 2012, in Tampa, Florida, will bring together up to 1,000 delegates – half clergy and half laity – from around the world. Delegates have an opportunity to discuss, influence and vote on issues that effect all of us in local churches. It is monumental, informational and worshipful. But this opportunity also holds a great responsibility. Pre- Gernal Conference briefings, and pre-General Conference reading materiasl will be extensive. Those who serve must truly feel called into service. A daily per diem also will be paid by the General Conference, but there will be other expenses one will need to make from ones own resources.

Indiana’s delegation will be made up of nine clergy and nine laity. There will be an equal number of reserve delegates elected. At the 2011 Indiana Annual Conference, the lay and clergy members of the Indiana Annual Conference will be electing delegates, and reserve delegates, to both the 2012 General Conference and the North Central Jurisdictional Conference to be held July 17-21, 2012, in Akron, Ohio. Jurisdictional Conference will bring delegates from the nine-state upper Midwest region. Members of this conference will elect bishops to fill vacancies within the region.

If you feel you are being called to serve as a delegate, keep these things in mind:

  1. Eligibility requirements are listed on the conference website at (click on “Annual Conference Session”). Please check that you are eligible to run as a delegate.
  2. In order to be given a number on the ballot, all interested candidates must compolete a “Willingness to Serve as a Delegate” form, which also is posted on the Annual Conference website. Please note that this is a change from previous elections for delegates in Indiana. Due to the large number of eligible candidates with one Indiana Annual Conference. Submitting a form is not essential for running, as any eligible person may be voted for as a “write in.” “WILLINGNESS TO SERVE AS DELEGATE” FORMS ARE DUE BY MARCH 15.
  3. Wednesday night, June 8, prior to the Clergy and Lay sessions of Annual Conference, there will be an opportunity for voters and candidates to mingle. This is an opportunity to get to know the candidates.
  4. The first ballot will be taken during the separate Clergy and Laity Sessions on Wednesday evening, June 8. Other ballots will be taken during plenary sessions until all positions are filled.
  5. Hoosier United Methodists willing to serve as delegates and their supporters may distribute promotional material intended to truthfully, accurately and positively inform the voters of issues or people willing to serve as delegates. This should be done outside the Emens Auditorium building or at its entrances. Guidelines are posted online, and it is requested that all material reflect Christian attitudes.
  6. More information is provided on the Indiana Conference website. Please direct any questions to Ruth Ellen Needler at 317-924-1321 or

Willingness to Serve as a Delegate form

Eligibility Requirements