General and Jurisdictional Conference News & Info

Welcome to the official news and information site for the Central Texas Conference delegations to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. The delegation, led by Dr. Tim Bruster (clergy) and Mr. Tom Harkrider (laity), will share information, updates and probably even a prayer request or two on this site leading up to and during the 2016 conferences.
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The members of the Central Texas Conference Delegation to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences are eager to know what’s on the mind of the people and churches they represent. As such, they have set up three, 90-minute “listening posts” to be held in different parts of the conference.  The schedule for the conferences is as follows:

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General Conference, the top legislative body for The United Methodist Church, will meet May 10 - 20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. Please visit for more on General Conference 2016.
The Central Texas Conference is a member of the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJC) and will meet with the delegations from all the other conferences in the SCJC July 13-16 in Wichita, Kansas. For more on the 2016 South Central Jurisdictional Conference, please go to


Any eligible elder of the Central Texas Conference who has discerned a call to the Episcopacy is encouraged to visit with a member of the 2016 delegation as soon as possible to express their desire to be considered for endorsement. The delegation is anticipating entering into its official time of discernment at its October meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 5.

Eligible elders do not need to be endorsed to become a candidate for Bishop in The United Methodist Church.

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