Church law provides for a maximum of 1,000 delegates--half clergy, half lay. It mandates that each annual conference must have at least one delegate from each order. Beyond that, a conference's representation is based the number of lay members and clergy members in the conference.
By this formula, 850 delegates will come from the United States; 138 from annual conferences in Africa, Europe and the Philippines; and 10 from autonomous church bodies with which United Methodism has a concordat relationship--the Caribbean and the Americas, Great Britain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
General Conference Webmaster: Susan Brumbaugh
PETS Creator: John Brawn
Choosing General Conference Delegates
1996 United Methodist General Conference