From the Rev. Daniel Taylor, Conference Secretary:
The May 12 edition of Newscope reported under the headline, “Church Rejects Move Toward Regional Bodies,” the certification of the vote held last year on the proposed constitutional amendments. In this report they listed those amendments that passed, and the article said the following: “19-permitting all clergy members of annual conferences to vote to elect clergy delegates to general, jurisdictional, or central conferences."
What the amendment says is: The clergy delegates to the General Conference and to the Jurisdictional or central conference shall be elected from the clergy members in full connection and shall be elected by the clergy members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference who are deacons and elders in full connection, associate members, and those provisional members who have completed all their educational requirements and local pastors who have completed the course of study or an M. Div. degree and have served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election.
All clergy members are not eligible to vote. Only, deacons and elders in full connection, associate members, provisional members who have completed their educational requirements, and those local pastors who have completed the course of study and have been under appointment for two (2) consecutive years prior to the election.