Wesleyan General Conference 2012 | Third Legislative Session

6.4.2012 — Leave a comment

1-4:30PM
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon – Chair, General Superintendent


Inspirational Moments:
Rev. Ken Murphy: “Salvation Victories”
Ken Murphy is the pastor of Cyprus Wesleyan Church in Columbus, OH
II Corinthians – it is Christ’s love FOR US that compels us.
“We must do what we can to build bridges to those who do not know Christ.”


Earlier motion has been withdrawn.

HC Wilson making a motion from the floor to put the job description in the hands of the GBA to finalize by November meeting. Motion has support.

Discussion: none.

VOTE to adopt this resolution.
Audible vote CARRIES

Ron Kelly makes motion to make this effective immediately.
Seconded, No discussion. MOTION CARRIES.


MEMORIAL 365 – Communication and Administration Division
Link here.
(no objection to NOT reading the memorial aloud)

open for questions/amendments

VOTE on Memorial 365.
CARRIED by audible vote.

Motion to immediately implement this memorial.
VOTE on this motion.
CARRIED by audible vote.


MEMORIAL 375 – Church Multiplication & Discipleship Department
Memorial link here.

Open for questions/amendments.

Proposed amendment to change paragraph 2310 (9) to read: “Supervise Hephzibah Ministries and Wesleyan Native Ministries Board of Directors”
-motion seconded.

discussion…

Readjusting the motion to amend…
New motion: “Supervise Hephzibah Ministries and serve on the board of Directors of Wesleyan Native Ministries.”
VOTE to make this amendment: motion CARRIES (audible vote)

Vote to approve Memorial 375: MOTION CARRIES (audible vote)
Motion to immediately implement this memorial.
Vote on this motion (to immediately implement this memorial): (electronic vote) 1 – YES, 2 – NO
RESULTS: YES, 285 | NO, 42
Memorial is made effective immediately.


MEMORIAL 380 – Global Partners Division
Motion that it be moved to adoption.
No discussion.
VOTE: 1. YES | 2. NO
RESULTS: 316 YES, 11 NO
Memorial 380 approved.

Motion to implement Memorial 380 immediately.
VOTE to adopt this: MOTION CARRIES (audibly)


MEMORIAL 385 – Education & Clergy Development Division

Memorial link here.
Discussion:

Motion to amend paragraph 2340 to include “by the General conference”
Seconded.
VOTE to amend: CARRIES (audible vote)

Motion to change language of 2341 (1).
seconded.
VOTE to amend: CARRIES (audible).

Motion to amend 2341(14).
Vote to emend: CARRIES (audibly).

Motion to amend this memorial to include “from among the ordained ministers of the Wesleyan Church” (to require the director of the Education & Clergy Development Division to be an ordained Wesleyan pastor)
VOTE for this motion: CARRIES. (audible vote)

VOTE on MEMORIAL 385 (with included amendments)
CARRIES. (audible vote)

Motion to immediately implement memorial 385.
Seconded.
VOTE to immediately implement – CARRIES (audible).


RECONVENING NOW AT 2:57PM


ELECTION OF A GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT


photo courtesy of @gencon2012

Prayer in groups of 3 and 4 – spent in prayer over this historic vote.


This election is on an OPEN Ballot – writing names on ballots. Must be an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church.
This is an ELECTING ballot – not a nominating ballot – majority WILL elect.


Motion presented to appeal to decision to chair NOT to elect the ONE GS by a 2/3rd vote (bylaws constitute needing ONLY a majority vote)
1. YES (sustain chair) 2. NO (appeal the chair)
YES – 173, NO – 146
Ruling of the chair has been sustained.


Delegates are now printing one name of an ordained minister of the Wesleyan church on their ballot.
(this ballot will take some time to tally)


MEMORIAL 50 – Doctrine of Sin
Memorial link here.
Because this is a “constitutional matter” and a “doctrinal matter” – this will go to the international conference and also need to be approved by a 2/3 vote. We are initiating a process that will take a few years to be complete.

Discussion:

Motion to amend wording (strike) “and do not incur divine condemnation and judgement.”
VOTE on the amendment: 1. YES (motion to strike) 2. NO (leave it as is)
RESULT: 107 yes, 211 no FAILED AMENDMENT VOTE


RESULT FROM ELECTION OF GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT
Ballotted names for GS:
Joann Lyon 179
NO ELECTION. (it was, at first noted that she HAD been elected, but that was wrong.)
Re-balloting.


More discussion on Memorial 50.

Suggested amendments have each failed (so far).


245 votes for Jo Anne Lyon

photo courtesy of @GenCon2012

DR. LYON elected as General Superintendent


Election of Executive Directors
Communication and Administration Division
Nominees:
Wayne MacBeth
FROM THE FLOOR:
none.
VOTING ELECTRONICALLY – Candidate 1 ??
RESULTS: 310 votes for #1, 11 for #5, 3 for #2
Wayne MacBeth elected as Executive Director

Wayne addresses the conference.


Nominee for Exectuve Director of Education and Clergy Development
Russ Gonzales

Other nominations:
Kerry Kind (floor nomination)

Voting by paper ballot.


Back to discussion on Memorial #50


Voting on Memorial #50
1. YES, 2. NO
RESULTS: 215 NO, 105 YES – NOT ADOPTED. (would need 2/3 to pass)


MEMORIAL #52 – Membership Commitment Addressing Family Violence and Desertion
Memorial link here.

Memorial being read.

Discussion.

Amending the language slightly.
vote passed to amend


Executive Director Ballot response
Gunsalus 229
Kind 120

349 ballots cast

Russ elected

Russ Gunsalus giving his acceptance speech.


Nominations for Executive Director of Multiplication and Discipleship

Jim Dunn (no other nominations)

Voting Electronically
Results:
314 votes

Jim Dunn elected.

Speech from Jim Dunn – “I’m madly in love with Jesus. I’m madly in love with my family.”


Electing the Executive Director for Global Partners Director

Nominee: Dennis Jackson

Nominees from the floor?
Dr. Jim Lo

Vote is electronic.
1. Jackson
2. Lo

RESULTS: 238 Jackson
84 Lo

Elected: Dennis Jackson

Acceptance speech from Dennis Jackson.