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Plan UMC Revised - GCFA & CT (60947-GA-ΒΆ805-G)

To change the membership profile of GCFA and to strengthen its relationship to the CT, take the following action:

Amend ¶ 805.1 as follows:

¶ 805. Organization—1. Membershipa) The twenty-one voting members of the council shall be elected quadrennially by the General Conference, .

a) Sixteen voting members of the council shall be elected by the General Conference

and they shall be nominated as follows:

(1) two bishops from the jurisdictions including one from a central conference, nominated by the

Council of Bishops;

(2) eleven persons from the jurisdictions, nominated by the college of bishops in each jurisdiction based upon an allocation by the secretary of the General Conference so as to insure that the membership of the council reflects the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon their combined clergy and lay membership, and according to the following formula:

North Central 2; Northeastern 2; South Central 2; Southeastern 4; Western 1. At least one of these members in the aggregate should be a youth between the ages of twelve and seventeen, and at least one should be a young adult not over twenty-eight years of age at the time of election.

(3) three persons from the central conferences— one member from Africa, one from Europe, and one from the Philippines—nominated by the Council of Bishops. five members at large who shall be selected for special skills. These at-large members shall be nominated by the Council of Bishops based upon an allocation by the secretary of the General Conference so as to ensure, to the extent possible, that the jurisdictional membership of the Council, exclusive of the episcopal membership, reflects the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon the combined clergy and lay membership ensuring diversity as otherwise provided in the Book of Discipline.

(4) Three (3) Central Conference members as specified in ¶ 705.3.f).

b) It is recommended that in selecting the voting members from the jurisdictions and central conferences attention be given to ensuring adequate representation of racial and ethnic groups and young people, and that approximately one-third be clergy in full connection, one-third be laymen, and one-third be laywomen.

c) Five voting members of the council shall be nominated and elected by the council in such a manner as set forth in the council’s bylaws, provided, not more than one of these five voting members shall be from the same jurisdictional or central conference. These five voting members shall be selected for the purpose of bringing to the council special knowledge, experience, or diversity.

Amend ¶ 805.4.a) as follows:

¶ 805.4. Committeesa) Committee on Audit and Review—The council shall appoint a Committee on Audit and Review, no members of which shall be officers of the council. , and at least half of whom shall not be members of the council, whose Three (3) of the members shall be members of GCFA, three (3) members shall be members of the Connectional Table, and three (3) members shall be professionals in auditing and finance who are members of neither GCFA nor the CT. The duty it of the Committee shall be to review audits of all treasuries receiving general Church funds . . .

This legislation, or any portion of it approved by General Conference, shall take effect at the close of General Conference 2016.

Rationale

Plan UMC, adopted by GC12 with a favorable margin of 59.6%, received overwhelming approval of its concepts. The Judicial Council ruled it to be unconstitutional, and despite the Council’s statement that it was unsalvageable, its ruling was narrowly based on two points. Both have been corrected in this revision.

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