The person elected by the General Conference to be responsible for the proper development of all the official records of the General Conference. The secretary of the General Conference is responsible for maintaining the official record of the daily proceedings, for collecting and processing the petitions submitted, for the appropriate referencing of the petitions to the legislative committees, and for a variety of other matters relating to the functioning of the General Conference. During the course of the General Conference, a secretary-designate is elected to serve the next General Conference. To do this, a nomination is presented by the Council of Bishops to the Conference, and other nominations may be made by General Conference members.
Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by Permission.