Petition 81300

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Representation (81300-GA-¶705.5-$)

Delete current ¶705.5 and replace with the following:
  
The total central conference membership in general agencies shall be 30 percent of the total membership of the general Agencies.  At least 20 percent shall come from Africa, with the remainder from the Philippines and Europe.  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.

Rationale

Over 30 percent of The United Methodist Church’s membership is now outside the U.S., most of it in Africa.  The general agencies of our church should reflect the membership of our church.