The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will convene in Fort Wayne, Indiana, November 2-5, 2022 with the theme We Press On. This Jurisdictional Conference will gather delegates (lay and clergy) from across Illinois (Northern Illinois, Illinois Great Rivers), Indiana, Iowa, Ohio (East Ohio and West Ohio), Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin for a momentous time filled with worship and collective discernment regarding the election of episcopal leadership and receiving episcopal assignments.
The United Methodist Church is divided into five jurisdictions in the United States. Every four years, elected members of the Minnesota Delegation attend the North Central Jurisdictional Conference to elect new bishops and select members of general boards and agencies.
Rev. Carol Zaagsma, Dave Nuckols, Rev. Woojae Im, and Becky Boland are Minnesota’s delegates to the NCJ Conference. Alternate delegates are Revs. Jeff Ozanne, Susan Mullin, Henry Dolopei, and Donna Dempewolf, along with lay people Walker Brault, Cindy Saufferer, Jessica Lanes, and Shirley Durr. You can send your thoughts to the Minnesota delegation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCJ Committee on Episcopacy Recommends Episcopal Election: The North Central Jurisdiction will reverse the decision of NCJ 2021, thereby returning the total number to nine active bishops, beginning January 1, 2023, until the next General Conference declares otherwise. Additionally, the NCJ will be asked to reaffirm the Dakotas and Minnesota returning to a single episcopal area, being served by one bishop.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church