Discipline ¶906

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  ¶  906. Organization of Connectional Table-
1. Membership-
The voting members of the Connectional Table shall consist of 47 persons as follows:
    (a) 28 persons elected through jurisdictional and central conferences, one from each of the central conferences by their own nomination processes and 21 from the jurisdictional conferences elected by the jurisdictional nomination process. Jurisdictional membership shall include one person from each jurisdiction and the balance of the jurisdictional members shall be allocated by the Secretary of the General Conference so as to insure to the extent possible that the members represent the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon the combined clergy and lay membership.
    (b) An effective bishop, selected by the Council of Bishops, serves as the chair of the Connectional Table.
    (c) The presidents of the following agencies: General Board of Church and Society, General Board of Discipleship, General Board of Global Ministries, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, General Commission on Religion and Race, General Commission on Status and Role of Women, General Commission on United Methodist Men, General Commission on Communications, and General Commission on Archives and History, program-related agencies that are accountable to the Connectional Table (as expressed in ¶ 702.2), and the president of the General Council on Finance and Administration shall also sit with voice and vote on the Connectional Table.
(d) One youth and one young adult from the Division on Ministries With Young People shall serve on the Connectional Table.
(e) One member from each of the racial ethnic caucuses as elected by the Connectional Table upon nomination from:  Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Methodists Associated to Represent Hispanic Americans, Native American International Caucus, National Federation of Asian American United Methodists and Pacific Islanders National Caucus United Methodist.
(f) The general secretaries of the above named agencies and the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the president and publisher of The United Methodist Publishing House shall sit at the Table and have the right of voice but no vote.
(g) Jurisdictional, central conferences, and other groups involved in the nominating and election of persons to the Connectional Table shall ensure the diversity objectives of, insofar as possible, fifty percent clergy, fifty percent laity, fifty percent female, fifty percent male, not less than thirty percent members of racial/ethnic groups (excluding central conference members), and not less than ten percent youth and young adults, ensuring diversity as otherwise provided in ¶ 705.5b.
(h) Vacancies of members elected from central and jurisdictional conferences occurring between sessions of the general conference shall be filled by the College of Bishops where the vacancy occurred, in so far as possible from the same annual conference.
(i) Members shall meet all the membership qualifications as expressed in ¶ 710.
  2. Meetings-The Connectional Table shall meet at least semi-annually and at such other times as are necessary on call of the president or on written request of one-fifth of the members. One more than half of the voting membership shall constitute a quorum.
  3. Officers-The officers of the Connectional Table, other than the chair, shall be elected from the Connectional Table and shall serve for a quadrennium or until their successors are duly elected.
4. Internal Structure-The Connectional Table shall determine its own internal structure as it deems appropriate for the performance of its duties.  
5. Staff-The Connectional Table shall determine the support staff that it deems appropriate to facilitate its work.