ANNUAL CONFERENCE  June 11-13, 2020
Indiana Wesleyan University  |  Marion, IN

 

WHAT IS AN EQUALIZATION MEMBER?

Equalization Members are lay people who are able to vote on business items at Annual Conference. They ensure there is an equal balance of clergy and lay eligible to vote. There are a limited number of equalization members available for each district.

WHO CAN BE AN EQUALIZATION MEMBER TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE?

Anyone who: Has been an active participant in The United Methodist Church for at least four years AND

  1. Has been a professing member of The United Methodist Church for at least two years.
  2. Exceptions to this rule may be granted to persons under 30 years of age.

HOW DO I BECOME AN EQUALIZATION MEMBER FOR MY DISTRICT?

Complete this form before March 1* (*February 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST). This form allows your district’s Operational Team to create a slate of nominees to be elected during your upcoming District Conference, as early as March 1. If you are chosen to represent your district, you will be contacted and asked to register for Annual Conference. Submitting a form does not guarantee you will be selected as an Equalization Member. See dates for your district conference below.

WHY START A NEW PROCESS?
Since the Indiana Conference’s inception, there has not been a formalized process for electing Equalization Members as described in the 2016 Book of Discipline. The former process was based on a first-come, first-serve basis, and many members within the districts were unaware.

This year, 2020, the Indiana Annual Conference implemented the Equalization Members Willingness to Serve process, which aligns with our other practices within the Indiana Conference to gather names of those who are willing to serve the Annual Conference (please reference General and Jurisdictional Willingness to Serve, and Conference Nominations’ Volunteer Form).

The Equalization Members Willingness to Serve process provides for an equitable means of communicating this opportunity broadly throughout the Indiana Annual Conference to provide a catalog of names for the District Operational Teams to be well-informed in their decision-making in order to provide a slate of persons who will be available for election to represent the diversity of the districts as delegates to the Annual Conference Session.

Questions? The following FAQ Sheet has been created. 

For any additional questions, please contact Robin Brown at robin.brown@inumc.org or (317) 924-1321.

WHEN IS MY DISTRICT CONFERENCE?