General and Jurisdictional Delegates

Election as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference is both an honor and a responsibility.

It is an honor because colleagues in ministry (both clergy and lay) have discerned in the delegates the gifts and graces needed to serve The United Methodist Church by helping it address a wide variety of issues which will affect the future of the denomination around the world.

It is a responsibility because delegates have committed themselves to serve in positions of leadership throughout the quadrennium. Those elected as General Conference delegates also are part of the Jurisdictional Conference delegation. Those elected as Jurisdictional Delegates may serve as alternates at the General Conference, if needed. 

Throughout this quadrennium there will be times for conferences, meetings, dialogue and debate and also times of prayer, discernment and study. Delegates elected for the 2016 General Conference will serve as Western PA delegates at the 2019 special called session of the General Conference in St. Louis.