Petition 80137

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Transitional Period (80137-CO-¶15-C)

Add new final sentence to existing ¶15 as follows:
  15.  Article III.-The General Conference shall fix ... and also in the jurisdictional or central conference.24 Any other provision of the Constitution notwithstanding, General Conference may provide for a transitional period for newly created annual, missionary, or provisional annual conferences, not to exceed two quadrennia, during which time such a conference may be represented at General, jurisdictional, and central conferences on other than a proportional basis.

Rationale

The provisions under which the newest annual conference was admitted in the West Africa Central Conference were confusing and controversial. This confusion would have been avoided by the presence of this provision for a transitional period at the option of General Conference.