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Membership of the General Church Bodies (80488-GA-¶705-$)

Revise various paragraphs as indicated by deletion and addition as indicated herein following:
¶705. General Agency Membership
3. Members of the general agencies shall be elected using the following formula:
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.
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b) Supplemental members—Each annual and missionary conference in the United States whose membership exceeds75,000 (as determined by the official records of the denomination on December 31 of the year immediately preceding the General Conference) ...  
  
5. General Program Board 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 each on the General Commission on Religion and Race and the General Commission on United Methodist Men; 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 (see exception, ¶ 1311.6). 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).
  
¶ 805.1.
(3) six members at large, including three central conference members. aA t least one of whom  the six shall 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 not be over thirty years of age at the time of election, and most of whom shall be elected for special skills.  ...
  
  
¶ 906.1  Membership—The voting members of the Connectional Table shall consist of 47  48 persons as follows:
  
  (b) An effective bishop, selected by the Council of Bishops, serves as the chair of the Connectional Table.
(c) The chairperson of the standing committee on central conference matters (See ¶ 1312) who shall be a central conference bishop.
( c d) The presidents of the following agencies: General Board of Church and Society, General Board of Discipleship, General Board of Global Ministries, ...  
  
  
¶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  named by the Council of Bishops, according to the provisions in ¶ 705.5c.
  
¶ 1105.
b)  Central Conference Members— A Six members from each the central conferences shall be elected to the board on nomination  named by the Council of Bishops, according to the provisions in ¶ 705.5c.
  
e) Additional Members—(1) United Methodist—Additional members are nominated by a committee composed of three persons from each jurisdiction (one clergy, one laywoman, and one layman) elected by the jurisdictional conference.  They shall elect up to six  seven additional members to ensure inclusivity and expertise.
  
  
¶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. 1 5c,  705.5e . An intentional effort shall be made to rotate representation among the central conferences.
  
¶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  named by the Council of Bishops according to the provisions in ¶ 705.5c.
  
¶1602.
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...
  
d) Central Conference Members— One  Two central conference members elected  named by the Council of Bishops.
  

¶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 .
  
  
¶1807.1
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   Five additional members elected by the commission to ensure membership of persons with expertise in communication.
  
¶1906.1.
c) One  Three persons from the central conferences, elected  named 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 ...
  
  
¶ 2003 Membership—The total membership of the commission shall be forty- three five, 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 Fourteen additional members to be elected by the commission.  It is ...

¶ 2104.
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.
e)
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) There should be no less than four persons...
  
¶ 2303.
a)   two  three bishops, including at least one from the central conferences, elected named by the Council of Bishops.

d) one central conference representative  member selected  named by the Central Conference College  Council of Bishops;
  
g) six  five members at large elected by the commission for inclusiveness, expertise, and balance, to 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

The 2004 General Conference changed paragraph 705.5c related to central conference membership on the general agencies.  However, conflicting language remained in other paragraphs of the Book of Discipline regarding central conference membership.  The Commission on Central Conference Affairs proposes changes in the membership of the agencies to include a specific...