Constitutional Structure
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The United Methodist Church does not have a central headquarters or a  single executive leader. Duties are divided among bodies that include  the General Conference, the Council of Bishops and the Judicial  Council. Each of these entities is  required by our Constitution, a foundational document, to be part of our structure, and plays a significant role in the life of the church.

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General Conference

Council of Bishops

The General Conference, the primary legislative body of The United  Methodist Church, is the only body that speaks officially for the  church. Meeting once every four years to determine legislation affecting connectional matters, it is composed of no fewer than 600 and no more  than 1,000 delegates.

Working within the boundaries of the Church  Constitution and General Rules, the General Conference defines and fixes the conditions, privileges and duties of church membership; the powers  and duties of elders, deacons, diaconal ministers and local pastors; and the powers and duties of annual conferences, missionary conferences,  charge conferences and congregational meetings. It authorizes the  organization, promotion and administrative work of the church. The  General Conference also defines the powers and duties of the episcopacy, authorizes the official hymnal and book of worship, provides a judicial system and procedures, initiates and directs all connectional  enterprises of the church and enacts other legislation for the operation of the church.

The Council of Bishops gives general oversight of the ministry and mission  of the church and spiritual leadership to the entire church connection.  Composed of all active and retired bishops, the council meets as a group at least once a year.

Bishops are elected by Jurisdictional  Conferences and assigned to a particular area, made up of one or more  annual conferences. Each bishop provides oversight of the ministry and  mission of annual conferences in his or her area and appoints all clergy to their places of service.

Through its Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships, the  council builds and maintains ties with other Christian denominations as  well as other faith groups.

Judicial Council

As the denomination’s highest judicial body or "court," the Judicial  Council interprets church law and determines constitutionality of  proceedings at all levels of church life.

Its nine members, made  up of laity and clergy, are elected by the General Conference and  normally meet twice a year to consider whether actions of the various  church bodies adhere to the constitution and follow the rules outlined  in the Book of Discipline.

Their cases are generally referred to  them by action of the Council of Bishops, the annual conferences or the  General Conference. According to the Constitution, decisions of the  Judicial Council are final (Paragraph 57, Article III).

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