At the 2019 Session of the Wisconsin Annual Conference in June, we will be electing delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. This is one of the most sacred and important responsibilities that we have as United Methodists, since the delegates at General Conference speak for the entire United Methodist Church – taking action on important issues facing our denomination, approving any changes to The Book of Discipline, and allocating funds for our denominational ministries. Similarly, the Jurisdictional Conference has responsibility for electing and assigning our Bishops, who will lead the Church into the future.

Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, has notified Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and me that the Wisconsin Conference is to elect 3 Lay Delegates and 3 Clergy Delegates to the 2020 General Conference. And another 3 Lay Delegates and 3 Clergy Delegates are to be elected to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference.

The Wisconsin Conference looks for our delegation team to provide a witness to the entire denomination that we are devoted to holy listening, collaborative leadership and comprehensive representation. The objective is for our Wisconsin delegation to be seen as innovators, visionaries and leaders committed to reclaiming all that is great about The United Methodist Church.

According to the 2016 Book of Discipline, the following people are eligible for election:

LAY ELIGIBILITY: BOD ¶ 36. Article V.

The lay delegates to the General and jurisdictional or central conferences shall be elected by the lay members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference without regard to age, provided such delegates shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years next preceding their election, and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years next preceding their election, and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the time of holding the General and jurisdictional or central conferences.

CLERGY ELIGIBILITY: BOD ¶ 35. Article IV.

The clergy delegates to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences shall be elected from the clergy members in full connection – Deacons and Elders of the Wisconsin Annual Conference

Please read Election of Delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences for a full explanation of delegate eligibility, expectations, and other important information. 

If you are ready, willing and able to make the required commitments and would like to be considered as a candidate for election, please complete the Delegate Candidate Form. The deadline for delegate nominations is Friday, April 5, 2019. Submit all forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

While submission of a full biographical sketch is not a requirement for election, completing the form does indicate your interest and dedication to serving as a delegate, and provides valuable information for those who are voting. All lay and clergy members of Annual Conference will be assigned a three-digit identification number that will be used in the voting process at our 2019 Wisconsin Annual Conference.

If have questions about the nomination/election process, please contact me at 608-640-6020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you,

Susan A. Haller, Conference Secretary