For Immediate Release – September 23, 2015:
In a release issued today, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) announced that it has notified North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) leadership and Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ) leadership that the number of bishops representing the areas could be reduced based on reported membership numbers.
NCJ leadership were e-mailed the GCFA release and the following joint statement:
“We received the following information on September 10 in an e-mail from General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) General Secretary Moses Kumar:
- Based upon the year-end 2014 local church statistical reports, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) currently has a professing membership of 1,210,538.
- This membership total drops the jurisdiction .36% (or 4,463 professing members) below the threshold necessary to retain its current nine episcopal areas. (¶404.2 of The Book of Discipline 2012 contains the formula for indicating the number of episcopal areas)
This news was unexpected. Projections earlier this year from GCFA had led us to believe that the NCJ would not drop below the threshold until sometime in the next quadrennium.
With only 10 months until NCJ 2016, we are currently exploring options for potential recommendations that could affect how many episcopal areas the NCJ will have as of September 1, 2016.
We encourage you to reach out to us at the e-mail addresses below should you have any questions regarding this new information.”
Bishop John L. Hopkins
President, North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops
Dr. Maggie Jackson
Chairperson, North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy