PLAINFIELD, Ind. - The Rev. Frank Beard, superintendent of the Kokomo District (NIC), leads an orientation session for delegates elected from both North Indiana and South Indiana Annual Conferences of what to expect at the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church meeting April 23-May 2 at Fort Worth Texas. The two General and Jurisdictional conference delegations met for the first time on Saturday morning, Dec. 8 at the United Methodist Church of Plainfield. Most of an opening joint session was spent in introducing delegates to each other, hearing a presentation by Bishop Mike Coyner on the "7 Vision Pathways" proposed by the Council of Bishops and the General Church's Connectional Table. The two delegations also met separately to consider possible episcopal candidates for the election of one bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction to fill the vacancy left by retiring Bishop Sharon Brown Christopher of the Illinois Area. The North Central Jurisdiction is scheduled to met July 15-19 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The delegations are scheduled to meet again Jan. 12.