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Black Leadership

Be it resolved, that The United Methodist Church in all of its annual conferences will actively seek to identify Black clergy and laity for leadership positions at the local, district, annual conference, jurisdictional, and general church levels. Such active identification may be accomplished through:

  • the conducting of district leadership training seminars, to which at least three members of each predominantly Black church have been invited;
  • the establishment of a "mentor system" in which an effective Black leader would become a mentor to a potential Black leader and would encourage and assist that person in the full development of his or her leadership skills;
  • the frequent fellowshipping of racial and ethnic congregations, leading to an understanding and knowledge of racial differences; and
  • bishops and district superintendents actively choosing Black United Methodists to fill appointive positions in the district, annual conference, jurisdictional, and general church levels.

Be it further resolved, that each conference shall include a report of its progress in its annual conference journal.

ADOPTED 1992
AMENDEDAND READOPTED2004 AND 2008
RESOLUTION #3065, 2008 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION #60, 2004 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION #54, 2000 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS

See Social Principles, ¶ 162A.

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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