2016 Wesleyan Discipline: Article 9. Powers and Restrictions of the General Conference
From Wesleyan Discipline
Article 9. Powers and Restrictions of the General Conference
360. The General Conference shall have full power:
- (1) To designate a criterion for parliamentary procedure for itself and for the other bodies of The Wesleyan Church.
- (2) To elect such officers as it shall choose and to define their duties and responsibilities.
- (3) To make and administer rules and regulations for The Wesleyan Church subject to the Constitution and the following restrictions:
- (a) It shall not have power to revoke, alter or change our Articles of Religion, Elementary Principles or any Membership Commitment, or the conditions of membership, or to establish any standards of doctrine contrary to our present existing and established standards of doctrine.
- (b) It shall not change or alter any part or rule of our government, so as to destroy the principle of equal representation of ministers and lay members in the representative bodies of the Church; or to do away with the right of each General Conference to elect its own officers, or the maintenance of an itinerant ministry.
- (c) It shall make no rule, except as provided in 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:365, that shall deny any church the right to receive, discontinue or expel its own members subject to their right of appeal; or to elect and remove its own officers; or that shall deny to the district conference the final disposition of all pastoral arrangements, except those districts in which the General Conference or the General Board has transferred the supervision to a General Superintendent or other related general official, or that shall deny to preachers and churches initial negotiations concerning the same.
- (d) It shall make no rule, except as provided in 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:365, that will discriminate against any member or minister on account of ancestry, color or sex.
- (e) It shall make no rule that will interfere with the supervision of established districts (in distinction from provisional districts) over the ministers and churches within their bounds, unless said district (or districts) is under discipline.
- (f) It shall not have the power to deprive any member or minister of the right of hearing by an impartial committee, or of the right of appeal.