The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) notified the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) in September that because of the reported membership numbers, the Book of Discipline formula for bishops indicated the General Conference could determine there would be one less bishop for the area. During the vetting process, the Data Services department of GCFA provided an opportunity for all Annual Conferences to review and update the number of members in new church starts not previously reported and to account for members of the Annual Conference secretary general membership rolls. When the NCJ appropriately accounted for these members, GCFA determined the jurisdiction does actually have enough members to meet the Disciplinary formula requirements to retain nine bishops for the next quadrennium. Bishop John Hopkins, president of the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) College of Bishops said “I appreciate the joint efforts of [General Secretary] Moses Kumar, [the staff of] GCFA, the NCJ College of Bishops, [the] Episcopacy Committee, and the conference statisticians who worked together to ensure that all disciples of Jesus Christ in the jurisdiction are represented in the latest membership statistics. While we will maintain our current nine episcopal areas next quadrennium, we need to continue working to expand our ministries to reach new people for Jesus Christ.” Click here to read the full story.