2016 Wesleyan Discipline: 2610–2625
A. Established National/Regional Conferences
2610. A mission unit may be advanced to the status of an established national/regional conference by the authority of the North American General Conference (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:6515:2; 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:6745:11) when it meets the following requirements:
- (1) An effective church organization on the local, district, and/or national/regional levels.
- (2) Effective programs for the nurture and training of members, new converts, children, young people, and lay workers.
- (3) An effective program for ministerial training.
- (4) Evidence of responsible stewardship of life and possessions, including the proper management of funds and the provision for the support of its own pastors, workers and officers.
- (5) A defined and operational program of evangelism, church planting, and cross-cultural mission outreach.
- (6) The existence of a property-holding body, or more than one such body, if required by local laws.
- (7) Agreement to adhere to the Essentials of The Wesleyan Church.
- (8) A discipline as approved by the General Board.
- (9) A recommendation for such status from the Executive Director of Global Partners.
- (10) Authorization for such status from the North American General Conference (cf. 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:6515:2; 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:6745:11).
- (11) Approval of such status by The International Conference (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:6745:11).
2615. An established national/regional conference has “defined autonomy,” the right to manage its own internal governance which includes revising its discipline as long as it does not violate the Essentials. An established national/regional conference remains in relationship with the North American General Conference and the General Superintendent has a continuing role as mentor/coach and participation in the established national/regional conference.
B. General Conferences
2620. An established national/regional conference may be advanced to the status of a general conference by The International Conference of The Wesleyan Church, upon authorization by the North American General Conference (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:1590:10; 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:6745:10; cf. 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:6515:2i).
2625. A General Conference is a body which has full authority over the Church in its assigned territory, in keeping with the provisions of The International Conference of The Wesleyan Church. A General Conference has the right to manage its own internal governance, including revising its discipline, as long as it does not violate the Essentials.