The North Central Jurisdictional Conference Begins Today
November 2-5, 2022
The North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference will be in session Nov. 2-5 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Delegates from the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Illinois Great Rivers, Indiana, Michigan, East Ohio, and West Ohio Annual Conferences will come together to elect three new bishops after two years of delay due to COVID.
Every four years, the five jurisdictional conferences in the United States (Western, North Central, Northeastern, Southeastern, and South Central) meet following General Conference to elect and assign bishops to replace those retiring. Due to the postponement of General Conference and the inability to gather in person, those elections have been delayed, and some of the current bishops have been asked to provide episcopal oversight for more than one area.
With the next General Conference now scheduled for 2024, the Council of Bishops requested a ruling from the Judicial Council to determine if they could call a regular session of the Jurisdictional Conference ahead of General Conference. That ruling was in the affirmative and stated that the Council of Bishops could call such a session for the “election and assignment of bishops for the limited purpose of effectuating a continued episcopacy in the United Methodist Church.”
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