SETTING THE NUMBER OF GENERAL CONFERENCE DELEGATES
Two pastors of the North Alabama Annual Conference questioned the right of the Commission on General Conference to limit the number of delegates from thre United States as it had. I’m sure they were seeing their own influence being diminished by having fewer delegates than in the past.
The Council pointed out that three parameters are all that bind the Commission on the General Conference on calculating the numbers of delegates for each annual conference: one relates to the total numbers of pastors and church members in each conference, making sure the numbers of delegates are proportional to those numbers, and that the total of delegates for General Conference has to come out between 600 and 1,000. These were set by the General Conference itself. Beyond that, the Judicial Council had no authority to modify what the commission decided.
I figure the politicians of the southern U. S. jurisdictions will come up with some way to enhance their numbers of delegates for future General Conferences. They are much better at working General Conference than the northern and western jurisdiction delegates.