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North Alabama 2020 Lay Delegate Nomination Form

General Conference – May 5-15, 2020 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference – July 15-18, 2020 – Lake Junaluska, North Carolina


Deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2019

Lay Delegate Process

Any nominee must qualify in accordance with the 2016 Book of Discipline ¶36 which says "The lay delegates to the General and jurisdictional or central conferences shall be elected by the lay members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference without regard to age, provided such delegates shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years next preceding their election, and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years next preceding their election, and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the time of holding the General and jurisdictional or central conferences."

Each person should submit her/his nomination on the Lay Delegate Nomination Form. This form is available online at or use the official printable paper form. Online forms are the preferred method. All information must be provided as requested on the form.

A high resolution photo of the nominee should be mailed or e-mailed following the submission of the nomination form no later than March 1, 2019, to, or mail photo to:
Office of Communication
Attn: Lyn Cosby
898 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham AL 35204

The 2019 PreConference Book (Journal vol. 1) will include nominees’ statements and pictures. All lay members of 2019 Annual Conference will receive a copy of this publication prior to the Annual Conference gathering.

Nominees’ statements and pictures will also be posted on the North Alabama Conference website,, by April 1, 2019.

In addition, all lay nominees who turn in their self-nomination form by March 1, 2019, will be invited to record a 90 second video to be posted on the Conference website with their submitted nomination statement. The Office of Communication staff will record each nominee’s video and post it online. There will be three recording opportunities for a nominee to have her/his video recorded during the month of March 2019: Saturday, March 9 in Birmingham; Wednesday, March 13 in Birmingham; or Saturday, March 16 in Huntsville.

All lay nominees will be emailed a link to the video recording sign-up form when they submit their self nomination form.  (The confirmation email generated by submission of the online Self-Nomination Form contains this video recording sign-up link.)

Procedures at Annual Conference Session
  • Only those nominees who are listed in the PreConference Book will be introduced at the 2019 Laity Session.
  • Any person who receives five (5) or more votes who has not submitted a Nomination Form must immediately complete one before the next ballot is taken. It is the responsibility of the person to request a Nomination Form from the Conference Lay Leader. Copies will not be duplicated for distribution at the sessions unless the nominee does so at her/his own expense.
  • All persons are urged to follow the process. Distributing late Nomination Forms at the site of Annual Conference is not encouraged.
*First Name
*Last Name
*Address 1
Commitment Covenant
*Call/Vision Statement: Please state in 100 words or less why you feel called to be a delegate to General/Jurisdictional Conferences.
*If Elected I will...

Please check each box as a sign you are agreeing to these expectations of Lay Delegates.

Give 10-14 days for General Conference (May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and 5 days for Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference (July 15-18, 2020, at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina).
Attend meetings of the North Alabama Delegation.
Meet the qualifications of paragraph 36 Article V of the 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.
Commit the time needed to read and study the issues.
Pray for God's guidance in decision-making.

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