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UMC 101: Central Conferences

Within the United States, the denomination is organized into five jurisdictions, each including eight to 15 annual conferences.

Outside this nation, the denomination is organized into seven central conferences that include 60 nations with some 55 annual conferences, comprising about 20 percent of United Methodist members.

Central conferences include Africa, Central and Southern Europe, Congo, Germany, Northern Europe, Philippines and West Africa.

These central conferences have the right to change the Book of Discipline as special conditions require. However, these conferences may not make changes contrary to the constitution or the general rules of the denomination.


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--The Rev. J. Richard Peck, Nashville, Tenn., is a retired clergy member of the New York Annual Conference.

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