Constituency Session FAQ What Really Happens

With the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) constituency session coming up on Sunday, Oct. 1, here are some questions and answers in an attempt to demystify the process. You can view an expanded version of this “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) feature or submit a question of your own at our Let’s Talk section on But here, at least, is a start.

As we go to press, the official listing of delegates includes 324 names. The actual number who are present and voting at the Oct. 1 session will be somewhat less. A delegate must be present to vote. There are no proxy options.

The majority represent local conference membership. Each conference, regardless of its size, is allowed three delegates “at large.” In addition, their executive committees must elect an additional delegate for every 400 members. For instance, the Idaho Conference, with approximately 6,300 members, has three “at large” delegates, plus 16 additional delegates who represent the membership formula. A majority of these delegates must be lay members, without direct ties to church employment. According to the NPUC bylaws, there are also “ex-officio” delegates who represent specific institutions or groups. You can read the exact wording of the bylaws on delegate selection and view a complete listing of all delegates on pages 24 and 25 in this issue.

The college’s constituency and delegates are essentially the same as the NPUC, with one small difference: the addition of WWC board members who are not already NPUC delegates. At some point during the day on Oct. 1, the NPUC session will adjourn and the WWC session will convene.

Delegates will vote on the names for officers (president, secretary and treasurer) recommended by the nominating committee. According to the NPUC constitution, only the three officers are voted into office at the main constituency session. Departmental directors and their associates are selected and approved at the executive committee meeting following the session. During lunch, delegates will be grouped by conference to choose recommended names to be presented for a vote later in the afternoon to select the exective committee for the next five-year term. They will also vote any changes to the bylaws and upon other legal and financial matters.

This is an open meeting, but to ensure equal representation, only the official delegates are allowed to participate and vote. Between now and Oct. 1, each member has an opportunity to find someone on the delegate list with whom to share opinions and concerns.

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August 01, 2006 / Let's Talk