When the Western Jurisdictional Conference convenes next month, its nominating committee will select people to serve as the jurisdiction's representatives on the denomination's general boards and agencies for the next quadrennium. Agencies include the Connectional Table; General Boards of Church & Society, Discipleship, Global Ministries, Higher Education & Ministry, and Pensions & Health Benefits; General Commissions on Communications, Religion & Race, and the Status and Role of Women; the Division on Ministries with Young People; and the United Methodist Publishing House. The Western Jurisdiction has very few seats on these boards, and it is extremely important that those who are elected are committed to serving fully throughout the quadrennium by making attendance at all board meetings a priority and using their voice to represent the Western Jurisdiction in all meetings.
The Jurisdictional Nominating Committee makes its selections from a nominating pool that includes General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates and others from each annual conference who bring a broad range of perspectives and experience pertinent to each general agency. At the California-Nevada Annual Conference Session in Burlingame (June 22-25), the Conference will vote to approve the slate of people from the California-Nevada Conference who will be added to the jurisdictional nominating pool. The process will be presented on Thursday afternoon. Then, there will be time for nominations before the vote is taken on Friday. There are prescribed limits to the number of laywomen, laymen, and clergy California-Nevada Conference can name, found in the Book of Discipline 705.1b. However, looking at the breadth of diverse backgrounds and experiences the California-Nevada Conference General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation contains, there are still areas where the delegations wants to encourage more candidates to come forward.
They especially invite candidates who identify as Hispanic Americans/Latinos, Native Americans, youth (for this purpose, defined as ages 12-16 by September 1), young adults (ages 17-28), older adults (ages 65 and up), and people with handicapping conditions. Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else, but a form with demographic information and areas of expertise and interest will need to be filled out by each candidate for consideration.
For questions, contact General/Jurisdictional Conference delegation co-chair, Emily Allen, email@example.com, or Conference Secretary, Kristin Sachen, firstname.lastname@example.org.