Delegate guidelines and application information
God gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. God’s purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ.
~ Ephesians 4:11-12
The Upper New York Annual Conference will elect 10 clergy and 10 laity to serve as delegates to the 2020 General Conference and Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. The first 5 clergy elected and the first 5 laity elected will serve as delegates to the General Conference; all those elected will serve as delegates to the Jurisdictional Conference. Alternate delegates will also be elected.
NOTE: All eligible clergy are automatically listed on the ballot. If you do not feel you are called to serve as a delegate, please click here to download and complete an option to remove your name from the ballot. This completed form can be sent electronically to DCMOffice@unyumc.org or mailed to:
c/o Upper New York Conference
7481 Henry Clay Blvd.
Liverpool, NY 13088
Eligible clergy can place their names back on the ballot at any time. See the form for specifics about that process.
Who is eligible to serve as a delegate?
What is required and expected of elected delegates?
How do I put forth my name for election to serve as a delegate?
Clergy who are deacons or elders in full connection of the Upper New York Annual Conference may be considered for election. Qualifying clergy are automatically listed on the ballot, unless they have opted to not have their names placed on the ballot.
Laity who are professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years, and active participants of The United Methodist Church for four years, and members of a local church within Upper New York Conference, may be considered for election.
God’s call to be a delegate and serve The United Methodist Church touches the lives of an ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse group of men and women of all ages. We encourage all those who meet the basic requirements to consider whether God is calling them to serve in this capacity, so that our delegation reflects the beautiful diversity of our Conference.
Election as a delegate to General and/or Jurisdictional Conference is both an honor and a responsibility. You are answering a call to serve God, to serve The United Methodist Church, and to help the Church “make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” It is required and expected that delegates will fulfill their service to do the following:
- Be in prayer for guidance by the Holy Spirit; for the world, for the Church, for all the delegates at General and Jurisdictional conferences.
- Attend and participate in the Conference(s) to which the delegate has been elected. That means being present in Minneapolis, MN from May 5-15, 2020 and/or in Hunt Valley, MD from July 15-17, 2020. General and Jurisdictional Conferences are intensive, with days easily lasting 12 hours or more.
- Be familiar with parliamentary procedure to ensure full participation in the conferences’ legislative processes.
- Be familiar with the polity of The United Methodist Church and with the many challenges, opportunities, and issues confronting our denomination.
- Attend delegation meetings in the months leading up to General and Jurisdictional conferences, beginning with the first organizational meeting at the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session in Syracuse, which will take place after all delegates are elected; meetings will continue periodically until the start dates of the Conferences.
- Read all the materials for the Conferences thoroughly. There are hundreds of pages of material.
- Serve on a legislative committee that prepares petitions and resolutions for consideration on the floor of General or Jurisdictional Conference. Legislative Committees are organized around general topics and issues, and receive and prepare petitions and resolutions that address that topic or issue.
If you feel called to serve as a delegate, it is assumed that the following are evident in your life and faith journey:
- a committed, vital, and growing relationship with Jesus Christ,
- a commitment to be a prayerful and reflective participant in the delegation and the Conference/s to which you have been elected,
- an ability to consider and seek discernment on a wide variety of issues and concerns,
- a willingness to understand and respect a variety of perspectives regarding issues and concerns, including those that differ from your own
- an understanding of the mission, polity, and Areas of Focus of The UMC,
- active participation in local church, district, and Conference activities,
- a commitment to the connectional nature of The UMC,
- a willingness to commit the time necessary to prepare for General and Jurisdictional Conferences, including reading hundreds of pages of pre-conference materials,
- an ability to attend and participate fully in the very challenging daily schedules of General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
If you feel you are called to serve as a delegate to the 2020 General and/or Jurisdictional Conferences, and feel you can fulfill the expectations and requirements, you need to do the following in preparation for the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference Session:
- prayerfully and carefully discern God’s call in your life and your ability to fulfill the requirements of a delegate to General and/or Jurisdictional Conferences.
- complete a delegate form: click here for a clergy delegate form or click here for a laity delegate form.
Clergy in full connection (deacons and elders) are automatically on the ballot for election.
If you do not feel you are called to serve as a delegate, please click here to download and complete an option to remove your name from the ballot. Email the signed form to DCMOffice@unyumc.org or mail it the Conference Secretary, c/o Upper New York Conference, 7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, NY 13088. Eligible clergy can place their names back on the ballot at any time. See the form for specifics about that process.
Laity must complete the form to submit their name and information for the ballot.
Clergy and Laity
- Short biographies and pictures of delegate candidates will appear on the Upper New York Conference website.
- In order to have your biography and information posted on our Conference website along with a photo of yourslef, the form must be completed by May 1, 2019. Please email all photos to email@example.com.
- Both clergy and laity who qualify to be delegates may place their names on the ballot at any time after the final deadline, but to have you name and information appear on the Conference website it should be submitted prior to May 1, 2019.