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¶705. General Agency and Connectional Table Membership
The people of God are called to faithful discipleship in the name of Jesus Christ. “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). In response to God's call, some are called forth from local congregations to fulfill the common mission of The United Methodist Church as an expression of the Church made visible in the world. This call includes the invitation to some to be in ministry with others who together seek to fulfill the vision for the Church as members of general Church bodies agencies . Such persons come to this ministry as servants of the whole Church.
The following provisions shall govern the nomination and election of the voting membership of those general Church bodies agencies to which the jurisdictional conferences elect and central conferences nominate members. All lay voting members of boards and  general agencies and the Connectional Table shall be professing members of The United Methodist Church and active in local churches unless otherwise specified by the Book of Discipline. All provisions pertaining to the nomination and election of general agency and Connectional Table members shall take effect immediately upon the adjournment of the General Conference that enacts them. The secretary of the General Conference shall coordinate the processes pertaining to nominations and elections of general agency and Connectional Table members.
1. Nominations by Conferences-a) Each annual and missionary conference in the United States, upon recommendation from a committee composed of the bishop and the general and jurisdictional conference delegation, and having allowed opportunity for nominations from the floor, shall elect persons to be submitted to a jurisdictional pool. The jurisdictional nominating committee shall select persons for election to the following general Church bodies   agencies :  
Connectional Table; General Board of Church and Society; General Board of Discipleship; General Board of Global Ministries; General Board of Higher Education and Ministry; General Board of Pension and Health Benefits; The United Methodist Publishing House; General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns; General Commission on Communication; General Commission on Religion and Race; and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Jurisdictional conferences may decide that persons elected by the annual and missionary conferences in the United States for inclusion in the jurisdictional pool shall not serve as members of the jurisdictional nominating committee.
b) Each annual and missionary conference in the United States shall nominate the persons most recently elected as delegates to the General Conference to the jurisdictional pool. In addition, it shall nominate at least fifteen and not more than forty-five persons to the jurisdictional pool, including, where available, at least two racial and ethnic persons from each of the ethnic groups Asian American, African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Pacific Islanders; and where available at least one and not more than five persons in each of the following seven categories: (1) clergy (including at least one woman), (2) laywomen, (3) laymen, (4) youth (¶ 710.3), (5) young adults (¶ 710.3), (6) older adults, and (7) persons with disabilities. Elected members of General and Jurisdictional Delegations, and others nominated by their Annual Conference shall list all of the categories for which they qualify, i.e., nationality, age, gender, ethnic origin, etc., and shall be eligible to be nominated by the Jurisdictional Nominating Committee to a General Church body Agency in any one of the categories for which a delegate is qualified.
c) Each central conference or a body authorized by it shall nominate to each general program board membership at least one person from each of the following three categories: (1) clergy, (2) laymen, and (3) laywomen to form a pool from which each board is to elect the additional members that are to come from the central conferences pursuant to ¶ 705.5.c. These lists shall be sent to the Connectional Table for use by the general agencies in electing additional members.
d) All nominees shall list one to three preferences for agency membership. In addition all nominees shall prepare an up to one-hundred-word biographical statement listing experience, gifts, training, and other qualifications for general agency membership. Biographical statements for all persons in the central and jurisdictional conference pools shall be available to the nominating committee members in the meeting at which they make their nominations. Names and biographical data of all persons nominated by the annual and missionary conferences in the United States or the central conferences, but not elected, shall be forwarded by the jurisdictional or central conference secretary to the Connectional Table to be used by the general agencies as a pool from which additional members may be elected (§§ 5e, 6b).
2. Additional Nominations-In addition to the foregoing provisions (¶ 705.1), the Division on Ministries With Young People of the General Board of Discipleship shall nominate ten youth and ten young adults (¶ 710.3) to each jurisdictional pool, inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, size of church, and persons with disabilities.
3. Members of the general agencies and the Connectional Table shall be elected using the following provisions formula :  
a) Each jurisdiction shall elect members of the general agencies and the Connectional Table as provided in ¶¶705.5, 705.6, and 906.1.  Persons within any jurisdiction elected by the Women’s Division to serve as members of the General Board of Global Ministries (¶1324) shall be counted in, and not be additional to, the total number of members allocated to each jurisdiction for purposes of determining proportional distribution, but Women’s Division members are additional to the membership prescribed in ¶1311.1.  The Secretary of the General Conference shall offer to each jurisdiction a suggested fair and equitable allocation of members to the annual and missionary conferences within each jurisdiction; however, each jurisdiction shall determine for itself how members will be allocated among the annual and missionary conferences of the jurisdiction.
a) Five persons from each annual and missionary conference in the United States. At least thirty of these persons will be women elected by the Women's Division process as members on the General Board of Global Ministries. 
b) Five persons from each central conference.
c) Supplemental members-Each annual and missionary conference whose membership exceeds 75,000 (as determined by the official records of the denomination on December 31 of the year immediately preceding the General Conference) shall have the following supplemental members of general agencies:
75,001-150,000: one supplemental member;
150,001-225,000: a total of two supplemental members; and
225,001 or more: a total of three supplemental members.
d) A total of 124 additional at-large members for inclusiveness and expertise.
 
e) Fifty-three effective episcopal leaders.
f) The total membership of all general agencies shall not exceed 667.
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 b) Each general agency shall elect at least one, but not more than three, member(s) with vote and voice from among the member churches of the Commission on Pan Methodist Cooperation and Union. In addition, it is recommended that each general agency elect at least one member without vote from among the other member churches of Churches Uniting in Christ. These members would be in addition to those otherwise specified in ¶ 705.3(a  -f ) above. The General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns shall assist general agencies in their compliance with this provision.
h c) It is recommended that the membership of general agencies include both youth (¶ 256.3) and young adults. It is recommended that, wherever possible, at least 10 percent of the membership of each general agency be equally divided between youth and young adults. The youth and young adult membership of each general agency should be inclusive (consistent with ¶ 705.3  i d).
i d) It is recommended that the membership of each of the general agencies seeks to be inclusive based on gender, racial and ethnic persons, age, persons with disabilities, and size of church. In order to ensure adequate representation of racial and ethnic persons (Asian American, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders), it is recommended that a jurisdiction's membership on each general agency be at least 30 percent racial and ethnic persons and incorporate one-third clergy, one-third laymen, and one-third laywomen (except as provided in ¶¶ 1105, 1311). The episcopal members shall not be counted in the computation of the clergy membership.
   j e) The membership of the General Commission on United Methodist Men shall be elected in accordance with ¶ 535 and ¶ 2303.3. Other paragraphs of the Discipline notwithstanding, members of the Commission holding membership by virtue of office may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. This legislation shall take effect upon the adjournment of the 2004 General Conference.
4. Members identified in § 3a-e will be elected as follows:
a) categories a and c (as applicable) shall be elected by the jurisdictional and central conferences, except for the members elected by the Women's Division process;
b) categories b and c (as applicable) shall be elected by the central conferences;
c) category d shall be elected by the general agencies for inclusiveness and expertise.
d) The secretary of the General Conference shall assign the number of members to be elected to each general agency by each jurisdictional conference and the central conferences. The number of members will be determined on an equitable basis taking into consideration the total number to be elected by each jurisdiction and central conference.
5. General Program Board Membership-a) Each general program board shall have the number of members specified in ¶¶ 1006, 1105, 1311, and 1407  , or as determined by the secretary of the General Conference (see ¶ 705.4d) .
b) Jurisdictional Membership-Each jurisdiction shall elect the number of persons listed in the specific legislation for membership on each of the four general program boards. In the jurisdictional nominating process for membership on those boards, special attention shall be given to the inclusion of clergywomen, youth (¶ 256.3), young adults, older adults, people with disabilities, and persons from small membership churches. In order to ensure adequate representation of racial and ethnic persons (Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders), it is recommended that at least 30 percent of a jurisdiction's membership on each general program board be racial and ethnic persons. It is further recommended that the jurisdiction membership on each program board incorporate one-third clergy, one-third laymen, and one-third laywomen (except as provided in ¶¶ 1104.1, 1311.2; see also ¶ 1311.6, 1407). The episcopal members shall not be counted in the computation of the clergy membership.  

c) Central Conference Membership-The total central conference membership, including central conference bishops, in general Church bodies agencies shall be 10 percent of the total membership of the general Agencies, allocated as follows: two members on the General Commission on Religion and Race; at least one from each region (Philippines,  Europe, Africa); three    each on the General Council on Finance and Administration, the General Commission on Archives and History, the General Commission on Communication, the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, the General Commission on Religion and Race, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, the General Commission on United Methodist Men, and The United Methodist Publishing House; four each on the General Council on Finance and Administration and the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns; five  seven each (one from each Central Conference) on the Connectional Table, the General Board of Church and Society, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry; and seven (one  from each Central Conference) on the General Board of Discipleship; and fifteen on the General Board of Global Ministries. It is recommended that the central conference membership on each program board incorporate one-third clergy, one-third lay men, and one-third lay women. The central conference membership shall be elected by the Council of Bishops. The remainder shall be allocated as determined by the Commission on Central Conferences. GCFA will provide the expenses for the additional central conference members. 

d) Episcopal Membership-The episcopal membership of the general program boards shall be not less than six nor more than eight members nominated by the Council of Bishops and elected by the General Conference. At least one of the episcopal members of  each general program board  agency, with the exception of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, shall be a central conference bishop and, in the case of the General Board of Global Ministries three central conference bishops (one from each region: Africa, Europe, Philippines).

e) Additional Membership-(1) Additional members shall be elected by each general program board in order to bring into the board persons with special knowledge or background that will aid in the work of the agency, to consider differing theological perspectives, and to perfect the representation of racial and ethnic persons, youth (¶ 710.3), young adults (¶ 710.3), older adults, women and men, people with disabilities, and persons from small-membership churches. After the election of central conference members as provided in ¶ 705.5c, the remaining number of additional members shall be allocated by the secretary of the General Conference so as to insure to the extent possible that membership of each board reflects the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon the combined clergy and lay membership, excluding episcopal members. In the determination of proportionate allocation, minor fractions shall be rounded down and major fractions rounded up to the nearest integer, and there shall be no minimum number of additional members assigned to any jurisdiction. Insofar as possible,  
the nominating committee shall select from the jurisdictional nominating pool for the election of persons to fill the additional membership positions from their jurisdictions insuring diversity as otherwise provided in The Book of Discipline (¶ 705.5b). Each general program board shall elect additional members as specified in general program board membership paragraphs. Insofar as possible, no more than one person shall be elected from each episcopal area. It is recommended that such additional membership shall maintain the one-third laymen, one-third laywomen, and one-third clergy balance.
(2) Consultation Membership-It is recommended that each general program board elect at least one member without vote from among the member churches of Churches Uniting in Christ, other than The United Methodist Church, as an additional member. These members shall be additional to, and not instead of, other members as provided herein.
f) Liaison Representatives-The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (Iglesia Metodista Autonóma Affiliada de Puerto Rico) will have  be entitled to one liaison representative, at its own expense, to each of the general program agencies of The United Methodist Church.
6. Other General Agencies-a) Each jurisdictional conference shall elect members from the jurisdictional pool nominated by the annual and missionary conferences in the United States (¶ 705.1) in accordance with the specific membership provisions of those agencies as set forth in the Book of Discipline: Connectional Table (¶ 906), General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (¶ 1502.1a), The United Methodist Publishing House (¶ 1602), General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (¶ 1906), General Commission on Communication (¶ 1807), General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (¶ 2104), and General Commission on Religion and Race (¶ 2003). With the exception of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (¶1502.1) and the United Methodist Publishing House (¶1602.1) t  T he number of additional members to be elected shall be allocated by the secretary of the General Conference so as to insure to the extent possible that membership of each agency reflects the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon the combined clergy and lay membership, excluding episcopal members. In the determination of proportionate allocation, minor fractions shall be rounded down and major fractions rounded up to the nearest integer, and there shall be no minimum number of additional members assigned to any jurisdiction. In so far as possible the nominating committee shall select from the  
jurisdictional nominating pool for the election of persons to fill the additional membership positions from their jurisdictions insuring diversity as otherwise provided in The Book of Discipline (¶ 705.5b).   This petition shall become effective at the end of the 2004 General Conference.
b) Episcopal and additional members, if any, of the general agencies listed in ¶705.6a 205.5a shall be nominated and elected by the procedures specified in the paragraphs listed in ¶¶ 705.1b, 705.1d, and 705.5e 705.5a . The agencies shall consider names forwarded to them by the Connectional Table as having been nominated by the annual and missionary conferences in the United States or in the central conferences, but not elected by these conferences to general agency membership. Additional names may be considered in order to perfect the representation as provided in ¶ 705.5e.
¶ 706. Nomination of Additional Board Members
1. Giving due consideration to inclusiveness (see ¶¶ 124, 138), each jurisdiction shall designate one clergy, one laywoman, and one layman whom it has elected to a general program agency or to the Connectional Table to nominate the additional members of that program agency or council (¶ 705.5). The fifteen members thus designated by the five jurisdictions in each general program agency and in the Connectional Table shall constitute a committee to nominate additional members for that agency and shall be convened as provided in ¶ 706.2. The number of additional members shall be allocated by the secretary of the General Conference so as to insure to the extent possible that membership of the program agency or council reflects the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon the combined clergy and lay membership, excluding episcopal members. In the determination of proportionate allocation, minor fractions shall be rounded down and major fractions rounded up to the nearest integer, and there shall be no minimum number of additional members assigned to any jurisdiction. In so far as possible, the nominating committee shall select from the jurisdictional nominating pool for the election of persons to fill the additional membership positions from their jurisdictions insuring diversity as otherwise provided in The Book of Discipline (¶ 705.5b) This petition shall become effective upon passage by the General Conference. 
2. A bishop designated by the president of the Council of Bishops, who may be a retired bishop, shall convene the committee as soon as practical after jurisdictional elections have been completed. The committee shall, in so far as possible, use the names forwarded to it by the jurisdictions as having been nominated by the annual and missionary conferences in the United States and Puerto Rico to their jurisdictional pool as well as names from caucuses and other appropriate groups. To aid the committee, biographical data submitted by the annual conferences (¶ 705.1d) shall be made available from the jurisdictional conference secretaries. In addition, general agencies shall submit to the committee names and biographical data of persons eligible for reelection who are willing to serve. The provisions of the paragraph shall become effective immediately upon adjournment of the General Conference. 
3. The committee shall complete its work prior to the organizational meeting (¶ 707) of any of the agencies listed in ¶ 703.5 and report by mail to the previously elected members of each of those agencies the names of persons nominated as additional members of that agency. All members shall be elected and seated before an agency proceeds to the election of officers or any other business.

GCFA
¶805.1.a (3)(2) thirty persons from the jurisdictions, nominated by the College of Bishops in each jurisdiction based upon an allocation by the secretary of the General Conference so as to insure that membership of the council reflects the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon the combined clergy and lay membership, at least one of whom should be a youth between the ages of twelve  and seventeen, and at least one of whom should a young adult not over twenty-eight years of age at the time of election; (3) six members at large, including three central conference members, At least one of whom the six shall should be a young person between the ages of twelve and seventeen, one member from Africa, one from Europe, one from Philippines , and at least one of whom shall should not be over thirty years of age at the time of election, and most of whom shall be elected for special skills.  ...
  
Connectional Table¶ 906.1  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 elected by their own nomination processes, and 21 from the jurisdictional conferences elected by the jurisdictional nomination process.
  
GBCS ¶1006.1. b) Supplemental Members-Two members from African annual conferences in addition to those elected to the board in ¶ 1006.1c shall be elected upon nomination of the African bishops. 
c) Central Conference Members- Four  Six central conference members shall be elected to the board on nomination by the Council of Bishops, according to the provisions in ¶ 705.5c.  

GBGM¶1311.1. The basic members (clergy, laymen, and laywomen) are elected by the jurisdiction upon the nomination of the annual conferences.   in accord with ¶ 705.4d and 705.5a. Each annual conference shall have representation from this category on the General Board of Global Ministries at least once within a three-quadrennia period. The jurisdictions shall use the following formula when electing members: Northeastern Jurisdiction-7; Southeastern Jurisdiction-8; Western Jurisdiction-4; North Central Jurisdiction-7; and South Central Jurisdiction-9 (at least one of whom shall be from either the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference or the Rio Grande Annual Conference). Each central conference shall elect one member to the basic membership of the board for a total of seven. The additional members of the board are nominated by a committee composed of three persons from each jurisdiction-a clergy member, a layman, and a laywoman-elected within each jurisdiction. The committee is to be convened by the president of the board, or if there be none, the secretary of the Council of Bishops. There shall be one additional member from each of the five jurisdictions (the member from the South Central Jurisdiction shall be from either the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference or the Rio Grande Annual Conference, unless they are already represented in the basic membership of the board). There shall be five additional members from the central conferences elected from those nominated according to ¶¶ 705.1c, 705.5e. An intentional effort shall be made to rotate representation among the central conferences.
GBHEM ¶1407.2. b) Supplemental Members-One member from North Katanga Annual Conference and one member from Southern Congo Annual Conference shall be elected as supplemental members according to the provisions of ¶ 705.5e. 
c) Central Conference Members- Four  Six Central Conference members shall be elected to the board on nomination by the Council of Bishops according to the provisions in ¶ 705.5c.    
UMPH¶1602.1
a) Episcopal members-  Two  Three bishops, including at least one from the central conferences, selected  named by the Council of Bishops.
  
c) Additional members-Up to ten eight additional members may be elected by the board, with consideration given to representation of women and racial and ethnic groups not elected by the jurisdictions, and to special knowledge or background in publishing, marketing, graphic arts manufacturing, production of audiovisuals or electronic media, or other business fields. It is recommended that persons elected by each jurisdiction be inclusive of women and ethnic groups-Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
d) Central Conference Members- One  Two central conference members elected by the Council of Bishops.

GCAH ¶1704.2. The commission shall be composed of twenty-four members in the following manner: ten members elected by the General Conference on nomination of the Council of Bishops, in which number it is recommended that at least one   two shall be from the central conferences; two bishops (one of whom shall come from the central conferences); five presidents of the jurisdictional commissions on archives and history, or where no commission exists or any disciplinary conflict arises, a person designated by the jurisdictional College of Bishops; and seven additional members elected by the general commission ensuring that all three regions of the central conferences are represented. It is recommended that careful consideration be given to people with special interests and skills in the history of United Methodism and that careful consideration be given to inclusiveness, including representation from men, women, age levels, and all racial and ethnic groups , and central conferences .

GCOC  ¶1807.1 Membership-The membership of the General Commission on Communication shall be composed of twenty-six  twenty-eight members as follows:
a) Two  Three bishops, including at least one from the central conferences, elected  named by the Council of Bishops.

c) One  Two members of the central conferences elected named by the Council of Bishops.
d) Seven additional members elected by the commission to ensure membership of persons with expertise in communication.
  

GCCUIC¶1906.1.c) One  Three persons from the central conferences, elected by the Council of Bishops.
  d) Nine  Seven additional members with vote selected by the elected commission at the organizational meeting.  It is recommended that persons elected by each ...
  
GCRR¶ 2003 Membership-The total membership of the commission shall be forty three, composed of:
1.    Two  Three bishops, including at least one from the central conferences, appointed  named by the Council of Bishops.
2.  
  
3.  One central conference member named to the board by the Council of Bishops according to the provisions in ¶ 705.5c.
3 4.    Thirteen Twelve additional members to be elected by the commission.  It is recommended ...  and Pacific Islanders). There shall be There should be four young people, two between the ages of eighteen and thirty and two between the ages of twelve and seventeen.

GCSRW¶ 2104.
a) ... and at least one shall   should be under thirty-one years of age at the time of election.  
  b) There shall be ten  eight additional members elected by the general commission, in accord with the provisions of ¶ 705.4d.  The election of the additional members ...
d) There shall be two  three bishops, including at least one from the central conferences, named by the Council of Bishops.
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There shall be two central conference members named to the board by the Council of Bishops according to the provisions in ¶ 705.5c.
e f) In the total membership: (1) Persons over 65 years of age shall   should be included.  (2) There should be no less than four persons...
  
GCUMM  ¶ 2303. Membership-1. The commission shall consist of twenty-three (23)  twenty-five (25) voting members...

a)    two  three bishops, including at least one from the central conferences, elected named by the Council of Bishops.

d) one  two central conference representative  members selected  named by the Central Conference College  Council of Bishops;
  
g) six members at large elected by the commission for inclusiveness, expertise, and balance, to  which should include at least one young person under the age of 30;
  
  All provisions of this petition shall take effect upon the adjournment of the 2008 General Conference.  
Rationale
Similar petitions were proposed to “clean up” the language of representation by deleting paragraphs which had been superseded and changing language to eliminate contradictions.  In those petitions, requests from the Commission on Central Conference Affairs to specify central conference membership on the boards and agencies were accepted with minor exceptions. Ambiguities which were introduced over the years are resolved in the petition. Assignment of a percentage of members to central conferences is reduced to its equivalent whole number.