UMC Constitution 101

Date Posted: 7/24/2014

Leaders are lifelong learners and leaders in the TAC have a learning opportunity.  Anyone interested in a better understanding of our church’s Constitution and the process of writing legislation is invited to this September 20th workshop.

District Superintendent Morris Matthis, one of the workshop organizers, says. “If recent history in the church has taught us anything,” Morris says, “it is that delegates who go to General Conference need to be well versed in their knowledge and understanding of the Constitution of the United Methodist Church and that all legislation sent to General Conference should be written with an eye toward that same Constitution.”

Workshop Provides Insight and Input
Included in the day’s activities will be presentations by Dr. Ted Campbell and Mary Daffin.  Ted is Associate Professor of Church History at Perkins School of Theology and a member of TAC. He will be speaking about the Constitution from an historical perspective.  Mary, a TAC Chancellor, is an attorney and former member of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church.  She will be speaking of her experience on the Judicial Council and explaining the importance of writing legislation that focuses on the constitutionality of the proposal.  Morris adds, “Attendees will then have time to talk about their areas of legislative interest and identify opportunities for collaboration.”

“The first step is to equip ourselves with a better understanding of the Constitution, and by afternoon we can begin to talk about our dreams for the future of the church,” he adds. He is excited about the potential to collaborate in this setting. “I don’t expect total agreement on any issues, necessarily, but I hope to put people with energy about certain topics together to create synergies that we might even expand into conversations with other Conferences.”

Time and Place
Anyone interested is invited to gather at FUMC Livingston on Saturday, September 20 from 10am-3pm.  There is no charge for the event but attendees should bring lunch money.

To RSVP or ask questions about this event, contact Morris, Shanda, or Mariann in the Central North District office by email to or at 281-895-7700.