Episcopal Elections 2016 - 2017

The United Methodist Church is divided into five areas in the United States known as jurisdictions: Northeastern, Southeastern, North Central, South Central and Western.

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Every four years the jurisdictional conferences meet to elect new bishops to serve the denomination.

The 2016 episcopal elections took place across the U.S. from July 13-16, 2016. View Ballot Results

There are seven central conferences, Africa, Central and Southern Europe, Congo, Germany, Northern Europe, Philippines, and West Africa. Details about those meetings/elections follow:

Here’s where you can find the latest news, resources, and candidate information.

Latest News

Daily Digest - December 14, 2018

A pastor's fatal protest; Little support for Connectional Conference Plan; Conference sues for control of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

Daily Digest - December 18, 2018

A pitch for the Simple Plan; Congo bishops elected for life; Keeping clergy fit
Children pray during a Christmas party at the Door of Hope Salvation Army shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. Migrant children who are staying with their mothers at the shelter joined with kids from the neighborhood and volunteers from the Methodist Church of Mexico in the celebration. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Christmas story crosses all borders

Children enjoy a Christmas party at shelter for migrants, and the Las Posadas tradition demonstrates border walls cannot contain the story of Christ's birth.

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