Discipline ¶547

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  ¶ 547. Conference Agencies-1. A central conference may have a standing committee on women’s work. This committee should preferably be composed of the women delegates and such other persons as the central conference may elect. The duty of this committee shall be to study the relation of women to the Church and to devise ways and means of developing this portion of the Church membership, to the end that it may assume its rightful responsibilities in the extension of the Kingdom. The committee shall make recommendations to the central conference regarding women’s organizations within its areas. A central conference organization may become a member of the World Federation of Methodist Women and may elect a representative to the World Federation of Methodist Women within the provisions of the federation.
2. A central conference may organize a women’s unit, after consultation with the committee on women’s work, in connection with any annual conference or provisional annual conference within its bounds and provide a constitution and bylaws for it.
3. A central conference that adapts and edits the Discipline as provided in ¶ 543.17 shall establish a judicial court, which in addition to other duties that the central conference may assign to it shall hear and determine the legality of any action of the central conference taken under the adapted portions of the Discipline or of a decision of law by the presiding bishop of the central conference pertaining to the adapted portions of the Discipline, upon appeal by the presiding bishop or by one-fifth of the members of the central conference. Further, the judicial court shall hear and determine the legality of any action of an annual conference taken under the adapted portions of the Discipline or of a decision of law by the presiding bishop of the annual conference pertaining to the adapted portion of the Discipline, upon appeal of the presiding bishop or of such percentage of the members of the annual conference as may be determined by the central conference concerned.
4. A central conference may have a standing committee on young people’s ministry. This committee shall be composed of youth, young adults, and adult leaders of youth or young-adult ministry from each annual conference in the central conference. The duty of this committee shall be to study the relation of young people to the Church and to devise ways and means of developing the Church’s ministry for, with, and by young people. The committee shall make recommendations to the central conference regarding youth and young-adult organizations within its areas. When appropriate, this standing committee will be responsible for electing one youth and one young-adult member of the Division on Ministries With Young People of the General Board of Discipleship provided that the General Conference adopt the other enabling legislation.