Boayue elected to legislative leadership role at General Conference
by Paul Thomas, director of communications
Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue (UMNS Photo)
The Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue, senior pastor at Detroit: Second Grace UMC, has been elected to serve in the leadership of the General Administration legislative committee at the 2012 General Conference session. The 13 legislative committees met today for the first time to elect officers and will begin considering and perfecting petitions on Thursday (April 26).
The General Administration committee is the primary legislative committee dealing with the petitions related to the denomination's Call To Action (www.umccalltoaction.org
), which calls for a major restructuring of The United Methodist Church's general agencies.
"I'm humbled and challenged to play a role in shaping the structures of the same church that gave me birth," said Boayue, who was born in a Methodist mission hospital in Liberia. "It is a high calling and a special privilege, which I accept, and I'm grateful to the Detroit Conference for giving me the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time."
According to Boayue, the committee leadership is proposing to deal with all the petitions related to structure as one body. The remaining petitions would then be distributed to two sub-committees, one of which would be chaired by Boayue. If, however, the committee decides to deal with all of their assigned petitions as sub-committees, Boayue would then chair the sub-committee dealing with the petitions related to structure.
This is not Boayue's first experience with legislative committee leadership at General Conference. In 2004, as a first-time delegate, Boayue was the chair of the Global Ministries legislative committee.
Boayue is attending his third consecutive General Conference session as a member of the Detroit Conference delegation.