General Church Leader search
The Manual of Doctrine and Government (MDG) states the following regarding the selection of a new moderator:
Section 1. General Church leaders
A. Selection: The moderator and general secretary will be nominated by a Search Committee appointed by the General Conference Board, elected by the General Conference Board, and confirmed by General Conference.” (MDG, page 44)
Given that the new leader may be assuming some of the responsibilities of the general secretary role (which has been eliminated), as well as the current moderator role, the General Church Board will be using the process as described in the MDG for selecting the current roles of moderator and general secretary.
In addition, the delegates to the 2012 General Conference in Ontario, Calif., took the following action: “The candidate to be the next General Church leader will be recommended by General Conference Board to the voting delegates of the 2012 General Conference for confirmation by electronic ballot in 2013 so that the new general church leader can begin service on August 1, 2013.”
Search committee members & updates
Jan 19 Search committee presents nomination(s) to General Conference Board for election
Feb 3 News release and email announce General Conference Board election result and candidate acceptance of election
Feb 18 Candidate presented for confirmation vote by email ballot to General Conference 2012 voting delegates
Feb 25 All email ballots must be submitted by 12pm noon (Eastern Standard Time)
Feb 26 News release announces results of General Conference 2012 delegate vote
Spring If confirmed, new leader will be presented to church body at Regional Conference meetings
General Conference Board updates
Feb 18 In order to facilitate the opportunity for General Conference 2012 delegates to further their knowledge of Alan Robinson, General Church leader elect, prior to the vote, the General Conference Board invited delegates to send questions for Alan, who graciously agreed to offer his responses. Download a pdf of the three questions posed by delegates, as well as Alan’s responses: English | Español
Feb 3 After several months of work and careful deliberation, the General Church leader search committee brought the nomination of Dr. Alan Robinson to the GCB on January 19. The GCB took action that same day to unanimously elect Alan as the next General Church leader. The GCB also determined to identify the General Church leader position as national director, a role that combines the responsibilities of the former general secretary and moderator positions. On February 18, delegates to the 2012 General Conference will receive an email ballot to vote on Alan's confirmation. Read the full news release: English | Español
Jan 31 After months of careful work and deliberation, the General Church leader search committee brought a nomination to the General Conference Board on January 19. On that same day, the General Confernece Board received the nomination and unanimously elected the individual. The elected individual was contacted and issued an invitation to accept the election. On January 28, the candidate communicated a positive response to the election.
In order to become the next General Church leader, the individual must now also be confirmed by delegates to the 2012 General Conference, held last July in Ontario, Calif. To that end, a news release introducing the elected individual will be posted on the BIC U.S. website and sent by email to all BIC U.S. churches on February 3. An email ballot will then be emailed to all General Conference 2012 delegates on February 18. Following the closing of the voting period on February 25, it is anticipated that an announcement sharing the results of the vote will be made on February 26. (See the timeline above for more details on the steps ahead.)
As this enters a new phase, please continue to pray, asking the Lord for His wisdom, peace, and love to be permeate every aspect of the process. It is good to be a part of this community of faith!