Q and A From the Conference Lay Leader Mailbag
Although Annual Conference is becoming a distant memory, I’d like to share a question I recently received. Thank-you for contacting me, Questioning Lay Person!
Dear Mary,Dear Questioning Lay Person,
I have to say I’m feeling a little sour about not getting to vote for our new Associate Conference Lay Leader. Josh is great – I know he’ll add a lot to our conference leadership – but it’s like you just picked him. PNW just elected an Assoc. Conf. Lay Leader, why didn’t we?
Questioning Lay Person
Thank-you for bringing your concern to light. Confining questions to parking lot discussions or keeping them to ourselves never helps!
While the Discipline outlines many procedures, it does not determine how an annual conference acquires an Associate Conference Lay Leader. Our conference rules (found in the Journal) provide this guidance.
13.060 The Conference Lay Leader may nominate a professing member of a United Methodist Church within the annual conference to serve as Associate Conference Lay Leader. This nomination will be subject to ratification by the Board of Lay Ministry and the Ministry Cabinet. At the request of the Conference Lay Leader, the Associate Conference Lay Leader is authorized to serve in the place of the Conference Lay Leader.
Of course, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Annual Conference would follow the PNW conference rules. We followed ours fairly closely but did request nominations from the conference. Two awesome candidates applied. The Board of Lay Ministries and I felt blessed to walk with these willing servants!
In my opinion, an election for this position would be great. Conference Rule 13.060 could be changed at our Legislative Assembly in 2015. If you’re interested in specific actions needed to change a conference rule, I suggest you contact Rev. Warren Light at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Jeanne Knepper email@example.com Warren is chair of the conference rules committee, and Warren and Jeanne are co-coordinators of the legislative process at Annual Conference. They could give you precise instructions.
I hope that clears-up the sour feeling Q.L.P. I appreciate the care and concern you have for our beloved OR-ID Annual Conference. Keep the questions coming!
Blessed to serve,