Conservative Overseas African UM's Gain More Influence With Increasing Membership While US Church Dying On The Vine Of Liberalism
From: Joseph Slife
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 10:37 AM
Subject: Number of African delegates to GC almost doubles
>From the Jan. 19 Wesleyan Christian Advocate (North & South Ga. Conferences)
...Overall, all five jurisdictions in the U.S. declined in their number of delegates [going to the 2008 General Conference], due to the growth of the UMC outside the U.S., particularly in Africa.
The number of delegates to General Conference, the church’s top legislative assembly which meets every four years, is limited to 1,000. Delegates are apportioned among all the annual conferences, both in the U.S. and outside the U.S., according to a formula based on membership.... The conference will take place April 23-May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The number of delegates from the Southeastern Jurisdiction, the largest of the five U.S. jurisdictions, declined from 278 to 252, while the North Central went from 164 to 138; the Northeastern from 144 to 126; the South Central, from 170 to 148; and the Western, from 44 to 40. On the other hand, the number of delegates from the Central Conferences increased from 184 to 268, a gain of 84. The gain was almost all in the African conferences, which grew from 94 delegates to 186.
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