NCJ Conference 2012 is currently meeting in Akron, Ohio. I am a delegate representing the Detroit Annual Conference. The North Central Jurisdiction is made up of UM Conferences in these states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. Delegates from those conferences meet every four years.
The main responsibility of the Jurisdictional Conference is to elect Bishops and assign bishops in the jurisdiction. in addition, the Jurisdiction funds ministries within the jurisdiction and provides a connection for the conferences.
This year, there will be no bishops elected in the North Central Jurisdiction. one bishop is retiring (Linda Lee) and two conferences are joining together as one area (Dakotas and Minnesota). I will admit that I have had a hard time working up enthusiasm for attending this meeting. But after an afternoon of great worship and interesting reports, I am coming around. This evening we listened to an open forum on the future of the UM church with leaders from around the jurisdiction. Thought provoking!
That's the intro. I'll send a few more thoughts from Akron.