2016 Revised Plan UMC — Summary of Provisions

Rationale: 2012 General Conference approved a comprehensive restructure of The UMC by a 60% majority vote. The Judicial Council ruled that plan unconstitutional. This 2016 Revised Plan UMC contains the exact provisions approved by 2012 General Conference with the provisions ruled unconstitutional removed.


  1. Substitutes the Connectional Table for “General Council for Strategy and Oversight” and deletes all references to “oversight”
  2. Substantially changes the Connectional Table (CT) by giving CT the responsibility and authority to:
    1. Monitor and review work of the agencies by empowering the CT to be a coordinating body for the agencies, led by an Executive General Secretary to whom all general secretaries will report administratively
    2. General Conference specifically provides CT the goal of consolidation of program and administrative leadership to eliminate unnecessary duplication through utilization of existing BOD provisions that date back to 1948.
    3. Recommend distribution of resources to General Conference through quadrennium budget
    4. Provide and evaluate program audits of all agencies, measure outcomes and provide guidance to understand and implement vision, mission and ministry
    5. Council of Bishops selects a representative to CT with voice and vote
    6. Elect all its officers from jurisdictional and central conference members
    7. Elect an Executive General Secretary for the CT to evaluate the organizations and staff of the agencies receiving church funds. Said Executive General Secretary to have knowledge of The United Methodist Church and executive management experience and will chair a General Secretaries Committee of the CT
    8. Annually elect the General Secretaries of program boards upon nomination from the individual boards of directors
  3. Recognizes the growth of the Church in central conferences by a significant increase in membership on boards and agencies and substantially increases and protects African conference membership
  4. Eliminates an entire category of general agency (the general commissions) which eliminates three general secretary positions and reduces general agency board membership from present total of 435 to 328, a decrease of 107 members or 24.6%, by:
    1. Merging GCORR and GCSROW into the CT as the United Methodist Committee on Inclusiveness
    2. Merging GCAH into GCFA as the Committee on Archives and History
    3. Merging Committee on Faith and Order into Council of Bishops
    4. Continuing OCUIR in Council of Bishops
  5. Protects proportionate representation in the jurisdictions and central conferences (see attachment)
  6. Changes the name of General Commission on Communications to United Methodist Communications (UMCom) but leaves its functions and organization in place
  7. Recognizes the need for increasing episcopal leadership and time in the annual conferences by lessening the participation of the episcopacy in the agency structure, particularly on the Connectional Table
  8. Changes the name of General Commission on United Methodist Men to United Methodist Men and continue United Methodist Women as separate entity

 Restructure does not create renewal
but it is a critical first step toward renewal.

Doing things the way we have been doing
will continue to produce the same results.

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