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General Agency Membership (80395-GA-¶705.5c)

Amend ¶ No. 705.5c       
c) Central Conference Membership—The total central conference membership in general agencies shall be 10 percent of the total membership of the general Agencies, allocated as follows: 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; five each on 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 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 remainder shall be allocated as determined by the Commission on Central Conferences. GCFA will provide the expenses for the additional central conference members .

Rationale

This phrase was added at the 2004 General Conference due to the last minute change in membership that did not permit changes in the general agency budgets to enable them to cover the additional travel expenses for these additional central conference members.  The agencies have now adjusted their budgets for...