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									            BILL NO.     IX
               TITLE     RESTORATION OF NEW
                         GENERAL CONFERENCE
                         DELEGATE
        REFERENCE        The Book of Discipline of the African
                         Methodist Episcopal Church 2008. 48th
                         ed. Nashville, TN: The AME Church
                         Sunday School Union, 2009. Part VIII,
                         Section II, Pages 211 and 213.
             INTENT      To restore the requirement that at
                         least one lay delegate and one clergy
                         delegate per Annual Conference
                         delegation be a person who has not
                         previously served as a delegate
         RATIONALE       The mandate for a new clergy and lay
                         delegate for every annual conference
                         was approved by the 2004 General
                         Conference and unintentionally
                         deleted in 2008 by an unrelated bill.
                         This bill restores the approved
                         mandate.



 1   CURRENT TEXT: Part VIII, Conferences and Conventions, Section I, C.1.b. - The General

 2   Conference: Election of Delegates – Ministerial Delegates, (Page 211)

 3   Ministerial delegates to the General Conference shall be elected by the itinerant ministers of the

 4   Annual Conference, provided they are in good and regular standing at the time of the election.

 5   They shall be Itinerant Elders who have been traveling Elders in the AME Church for at least

 6   four years next preceding their election.

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 8   AMENDED TEXT: Part VIII, Section I, C. 1. b.

 9   Ministerial delegates to the General Conference shall be elected by the itinerant ministers of the

10   Annual Conference, provided they are in good and regular standing at the time of the election.

11   They shall be Itinerant Elders who have been traveling Elders in the AME Church from at least


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12   four years next preceding their election. At least one ministerial delegate shall be a person who

13   has never served as a delegate to any previous session of the General Conference.

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15   CURRENT TEXT: Part VIII, Conferences and Conventions, Section I, C.2.d. - The General

16   Conference: Election of Delegates – Lay Delegates, (Page 213)

17   Two members, one adult and one between the ages of 18 and 30, in good and regular standing,

18   shall be elected to the Electoral College from each local church. At least one member of each

19   Annual Conference lay delegation shall be a youth between the ages of 18 and 30. The

20   combined number of youth and adult lay delegate shall be equal to the number of elected

21   ministerial delegates.

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23   AMENDED TEXT: Part VIII, Section I, C. 2. d. (Page 213).

24   Two members, one adult and one between the ages of 18 and 30, in good and regular standing,

25   shall be elected to the Electoral College from each local church. At least one member of each

26   Annual Conference lay delegation shall be a youth between the ages of 18 and 30. Also, at least

27   one member of the Annual Conference lay delegation shall be a person who has not served as

28   delegate to any previous session of the General Conference and does not have to be a youth. The

29   combined number of youth and adult lay delegate shall be equal to the number of elected

30   ministerial delegates.

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32   FUNDING: There is no cost associated with this proposed legislation.

33

34   Submitted by Connectional Lay Organization




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