Jurisdictional Conference
July 15-18, 2020
Ft. Wayne, IN


August 22, 2019

Dear Annual Conference Secretaries,

The “Plan of Organization and Rules of Order” of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference section II. A as found on pages 81-82 of The 2016 North Central Jurisdiction Conference Journal states:

“No later than September 1 of the year in which General/Jurisdictional Conference delegations are elected, the Jurisdictional Conference Secretary shall send the Episcopal Nominee Information Form and proposed procedures to annual conference secretaries and chairs of annual conference delegations. The annual conference secretary shall have responsibility to inform the population of the respective annual conferences of the availability of the forms through such means as will reach the widest possible audience. The Jurisdictional Conference secretary shall distribute a press release to the director of communications in each conference specifying when and where Episcopal Nominee Information Forms will be available.

Delegations are free to engage nominees beyond their Annual Conference after January 1 of the year of General Conference.”

I am providing to you as the Annual Conference Secretary the 2020 Episcopal Nominee Information Form, Episcopal Election Covenant, and Guidelines for Discerning an Episcopal Nominee.  It will also be sent to all NCJ Bishops, Chairs of your Annual Conference’s Jurisdictional delegation, to Annual Conference Directors of Communication, will be posted on the NCJ website at www.ncjumc.org, and can be sent directly to anyone wishing to contact me.

Nominees can submit the Episcopal Nominee Information Form at any time but by the NCJ Rules of Order must do so “immediately after the close of their annual conferences (2020), and no later than June 25, in order to be included in the packet of nominee information sent to all the Jurisdictional Conference delegates.”

All nominee forms are to be returned to:

Rev. Paul R. White, Secretary

2020 NCJ Conference

3815 Ashwood Street NW

Canton, OH 44708-1603


Upon receipt of forms they will be posted on the NCJ website and “no less than 17 days prior to the start of Jurisdictional Conference, send a packet of the Episcopal Nominee Information Forms via first class mail or email to every delegate, all first reserves, members of the College of bishops, other persons with Jurisdictional Conference responsibilities, and annual conference communicators.”

Earlier this year the North Central Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy (NCJCOE) gave final approval to sponsor a forum for those persons (ordained Elders) who choose to offer themselves as episcopal candidates at next summer’s North Central Jurisdictional Conference scheduled for July 15-18, 2020 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The NCJCOE’s Elections sub-committee has been tasked with implementing and coordinating the forum which will involve conducting a fifteen-minute interview with each episcopal candidate who elects to participate.  The moderated interviews will be recorded on video during a six week period beginning February 1 to March 15, 2020.  All interviews will then be posted on the same date to the North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) website on or around April 1, 2020.  Episcopal candidate(s) will want to note the question on the episcopal candidate information form asking if the candidate is planning to participate in the forum.  Additional information will be posted on the NCJ website by December 15th.   Questions related to the forum can be directed to Gary George, NCJCOE Elections Sub-Committee (garyg@eocumc.com).

Thank you for your assistance in distributing this information within your annual conference.  Should there be questions I may be contacted at the above address or by telephone at 330-478-1319.


Rev. Paul R. White, Secretary

North Central Jurisdictional Conference

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