Reminder: 2020 delegate self-nomination deadline is Feb. 15

Editor's note: The 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate election self-nominations deadline is Feb. 15. As of Feb. 6, we have 20 nominations. We will elect a total of 46 delegates and alternates for the conferences next year. Click here to access the self-nomination guidelines and forms.

LAKELAND -- Members interested in representing the Florida Conference as delegates to the General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2020 should get ready to make their bid beginning September 28.

Eight clergy and eight lay delegates will be elected for each of those conferences at the Florida Annual Conference event in June 2019 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Seven alternates from each category also will be chosen.

The nomination window for those who want their information included in the Annual Conference 2019 workbook will remain open until Feb. 15, 2019. People will also be given a few hours to throw their hat in the ring at the start of Annual Conference 2019.

To run for election, each candidate will be required to submit an essay and fill out a questionnaire that seeks basic demographic information and a few details, such as church and district membership. Candidates will also be asked to submit a photo in jpeg format. The photo is optional but advisable.

Nomination applications will be available on the conference website starting September 28. Click here to access the application instructions and forms. Eligibility requirements and other details are available on pages 239-242 of the Conference Standing Rules.

Deadlines for preparing materials for Annual Conference attendees dictate the traditional nomination period. To accommodate people who can’t meet that nomination deadline, the conference Elections Procedures Committee recommended a window for last-minute nominations on the day of the laity and clergy sessions at the upcoming Annual Conference.

Aspiring clergy and lay delegates will be given three hours that morning to submit their materials. For those who meet eligibility requirements, copies of the information will be printed and posted in prominent locations at the conference before the elections begin.

The rules continue efforts begun a few election cycles ago to increase opportunities for people to serve as delegates.

The 2020 General Conference will be held May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN. The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference is set to begin July 15, 2020. 

For questions not covered in self nomination instructions or for clarification, contact Rev. Beth Gardner at

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