General Conference 2020
May 5-15, Minneapolis, MN

Clergy Nominations
Link to clergy nomination form:

1. Eligibility

a. To be nominated. All clergy members in full connection are eligible to be nominated (2016 Book of Discipline ¶35), except as provided in 2016 Book of Discipline ¶354.8.b. To vote
     i. The following clergy are eligible to vote:
           a) Active and retired members (elders and deacons)
           b) Active and retired provisional members
           c) Active and retired associate members
           d) Part time and full time local pastors who
Part-time and full-time local pastors who have completed the educational requirements and have been under uninterrupted  appointment for two years (2016 Book of Discipline ¶316.6)
        ii. Retired local pastors (including those under appointment) are NOT eligible to vote (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶320.5).

2. Nomination Process.
a. All eligible clergy have the opportunity to serve as delegates to General Conference and jurisdictional conference. Clergy persons desiring nomination/election as delegates to General and jurisdictional must follow the process outlined below. No exceptions to the process, including deadline dates, will be granted except as mandated by changes in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church and/or the Annual Conference in changing these rules.

Those who consent to or desire nomination are asked to commit to the following expectations:
1) Pray for God’s guidance in decision-making;
2) Commit the time needed to read and study the issues;
3) Attend the meetings of the Virginia Conference delegations;
4) Attend both General Conference and jurisdictional conference.

Each clergy nomination shall be submitted on a clergy nomination form. Clergy nomination forms will be posted on the conference web site in January preceding the Annual Conference session of delegate elections. The form shall include the names one clergy who is eligible to vote who is making the nomination. Alternatively, any clergy who desires nomination must complete a clergy nomination form. All nominations shall include the nominee’s name, picture not to exceed 1 1/2” by 2 1/2” (unless nominated at Clergy Session), address, phone number, e-mail address if available, church, district, and should include a personal statement not to exceed 150 words in which may be indicated the nominee’s experience, qualifications, and  reasons for wanting to serve. There shall be a box to be checked stating: “Nominee is aware of nomination and agrees to serve if elected.”, and a line for the signature of the nominee. The completed nomination form or facsimile thereof must be returned to the Director of Connectional Ministries no later than March 1 preceding the Annual Conference session of delegate elections. The deadline is non-negotiable. 


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