This information is reproduced from http://flumc2.org/nominations. The planning and preparation for the 2015 session of the Florida Annual Conference is well under way. As always, there will be plenty of business for the members to debate and decide. During the 2015 session, we will also be electing lay and clergy members to represent our Annual Conference as delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Being elected to serve as a delegate is quite an honor that carries a lot of responsibility.
Who can be elected as a delegate of our Annual Conference? The Florida Annual Conference uses an online self-nomination process. Anyone who: (1) senses the leading of God to serve as a delegate, (2) who meets all of the Disciplinary eligibility requirements, (3) who successfully completes the self-nomination process before the February 15, 2015 deadline, or (4) who successfully completes the self-nomination process during the Lay or Clergy Sessions on the first day of Annual Conference, can have their name placed on the ballot for election at the 2015 Annual Conference Session in Daytona Beach, Florida.
How do I know if I’m being called to serve as a delegate?
Let me suggest the following:
- Begin with a time of prayer and reflection. Explore your thoughts and feelings with God. Ask God for the wisdom and understanding to know how best to serve.
- Take time to study the issues affecting the United Methodist Church, our Annual Conference, our congregations, and our world. What are the social, spiritual, theological and moral concerns which need to be addressed by our denomination?
- Ask someone whom you trust to help you to discern whether your gifts and skills, intuition and insight, learning and leadership have prepared you to serve as a delegate at this time.
- Reflect deeply on one of the required essay questions. As a delegate, what particular things could/would you do to help the United Methodist Church to fulfill its purpose and mission around the world?
- After having done all of the above, and sensing God’s call to serve, place your name on the ballot by completing the self-nomination process found on the Conference web site (http://flumc2.org/nominations).
The online nomination process will remain open until midnight on February 15, 2015. If you have questions about the eligibility requirements or the self-nomination process, call, write, or email me using the information below. I will assist you in every way possible. Blessings!
Dr. Kenneth L. Minton
38635 5th Avenue
Zephyrhills, FL 33542