INDIANAPOLIS – During the Friday afternoon session, May 30, the Indiana Annual Conference approved the General and Jurisdictional Conference procedures sections of the Christian Conferencing Task Force report to replace the current comparable sections in the 2013 Rules and Structure document of the Indiana Annual Conference. The Christian Conferencing Guidelines were approved the previous day.

Adolf Hansen, chairman of the Christian Conferencing Task Force, outlined the process for Christian Conferencing to be used in the election of delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church, as well as guidelines for other meetings within our Indiana Conference.

This process will include: eligibility for election, managing the election, commitment of a delegate, procedure for endorsement, procedure for election, and leadership of the conference delegation.

According to Hansen, this plan will involve the local church, assist conference members to become acquainted with each other, allow for a broader geographic selection and resolve difficulties of past election processes. The full report titled Christian Conferencing Task Force Report is available on the website under conference reports.

This coming fall, each district may generate a list of up to three laity and three clergy from each of the ten districts. These names will be submitted by local churches. The Conference Leadership Table can add five additional laity and five clergy candidates. These 70 candidates will be considered endorsed. Other candidates who desire candidacy to become a delegate also will have an avenue to be considered as a candidate. According to General Conference procedures, eight clergy and eight laity will be elected from Indiana as delegates to the 2016 General Conference. They will be part of the 850-delegate General Conference legislative body of the UMC. Anyone elected to General Conference also will go to Jurisdictional Conference. Indiana will send 16 clergy and 16 laity as part of the North Central Jurisdiction.