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2000 DRAFT Discipline ¶ 2104

2104. Membership--1. The policies, plans, and administration of the work of the general commission shall be determined by its membership, which shall be composed of forty-three (43) persons in accord with the following guidelines:
a) Jurisdictional membership shall be nominated and elected by the jurisdictional conferences, ensuring that the pluralism and diversity of the Church's membership is reflected in the representation of racial and ethnic minorities and various age categories. Each jurisdiction shall elect persons for membership based on the following formula: North Central--5, Northeastern--5, South Central--7, Southeastern--7, Western--3. It is recommended that where possible, the members include at least one laywoman, one layman, one clergywoman, and one clergyman. Of the persons elected by each jurisdictional conference, at least one should be from a racial and ethnic group and at least one shall be under thirty-one years of age at the time of election.
b) There shall be ten additional members elected by the general commission, in accord with the provisions of ¶ 705.3e. The election of the additional members shall take into account the need to provide adequate representation of racial and ethnic groups and of the various age categories, and to include persons of special competence. It is recommended that the addition of the at-large membership ensure that the total membership maintains the one-third laymen, one-third laywomen, one-third clergy balance as well as majority membership of women. It is further recommended that such additional members shall maintain a membership total of at least 10 percent youth and/or young adults.
c) There shall be three women named by the Women's Division from its members or staff to serve as ex officio members with vote.
d) There shall be two bishops named by the Council of Bishops.
e) There shall be one member elected by Iglesia Metodista Autónoma Afiliada de Puerto Rico.
f) In the total membership: (1) Persons over sixty-five years of age shall be included. (2) There should be no less than four persons (two women and two men) from each of these five racial and ethnic groups: Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. (3) There shall be at least one member who is a diaconal minister.
g) The general commission shall be authorized to fill vacancies in its membership during the quadrennium.



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