Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Meeting for laity offers insight about elections


 An informational meeting will be held Nov. 6 at OKC-St. Luke’s for any layperson interested in being nominated as a General or Jurisdictional Conference delegate, and anyone who wants to learn more about the election process.

Host will be Oklahoma Conference Lay Leader Judy Benson. "Our goal is to inform interested people about the process of being a delegate, as well as what to expect when elected and what is expected of delegates," she said.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon that Saturday. Presenters will include:

  • Joe Harris, Oklahoma Annual Conference secretary, who will share information about voting procedures during the 2011 Annual Conference and other details from his perspective.
  • Frank Denney, an associate Conference lay leader, who will speak on the spiritual aspect of being a delegate as the foundation for the work, on discernment, and on worship opportunities.
  • Carl Young, who chaired the Oklahoma Conference delegation in 2004. He will explain what to expect as a participant in a delegation.
  • Bill Junk, executive director of the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, will offer his perspective as a first-time delegate at the 2008 General Conference.
  • Katie Mayes, a Young Adult representative and recent college graduate, will focus on youth delegates and Jurisdictional Conference delegates.

Other lay members of the 2008 delegation will be present to answer questions.

At a meeting in December or January, each district will nominate up to 10 laypersons as potential delegates to the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Contact your district superintendent or district lay leader for the specific date of this district meeting.

The election will be held at the 2011 Oklahoma Annual Conference.


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