¶ 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 delegates77 shall have been professing78 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,79 and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the time of holding the General and jurisdictional or central conferences.80
77. Amended 1972.
78. Amended 2000.
79. Amended 1976.
80. See Judicial Council Decisions 403, 887.