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
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
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
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