This winter, clergy
The General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body, will meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. The Jurisdictional Conference, a regional gathering, will meet July 13-17, 2020, in Baltimore. (These events are distinct from the special, called Session of General Conference, Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis.)
When it gathers at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore for this year’s Annual Session, May 29 to June 1, the Baltimore-Washington Conference will elect six clergy and six lay people to General Conference, six clergy and six lay people to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, and four clergy and lay alternates — 32 delegates in all.
The number of delegates each annual conference is allotted is based on membership statistics. There are 12,557,214 professing members and 65,055
According to the Conference rules, all ordained clergy are eligible for election. Any clergy person who wishes to be a candidate will submit a petition of support, on a form provided by the Conference Secretary, bearing the signatures of 15
Lay members who wish to become a nominee should submit a written statement of qualifications, relevant experience
Before submitting their names, people are asked to consider the substantial time commitment delegates will be required to serve.
“This is not a commitment to be taken lightly,” stressed Delores Martin, the chair of the current delegation. In addition to mandatory monthly meetings, members are expected to do a significant amount of reading and other preparation for the two-week General Conference session., which some have compared to a marathon.
Before the nomination process even begins, people must reflect on whether they will be able to add this significant commitment to their schedules and lives, former delegates have said. “The work is too important to not take seriously.”
Delegates are also cautioned that campaigning of any kind is not allowed prior to or at the Annual Conference Session.
To submit your nomination, send an email to Cynthia Taylor, BWC Secretary, at