Reference, through its Reference Committee, resolutions, recommendations, and implementing legislation from commissions and special committee reports and other documents to standing or special legislative committees of the assembly, or to regional caucuses for consideration before being presented to the assembly. The Reference Committee may submit legislation affecting only a specific region/regions to the General Assembly delegates of said region(s) meeting in caucus for action. Changes that affect the Manual must be acted upon by the entire General Assembly.


Elect, by a two-thirds vote of its members present and voting, six general superintendents who shall hold office until 30 days following the final adjournment of the next General Assembly and until their successors are elected and qualified;

  1. First, there shall be a “yes” or “no” ballot for the general superintendents presently serving.
  2. Vacancies remaining after the ballot process is completed for all general superintendents presently serving shall be filled by ensuing ballots until the elections are completed.

In the event that someone who is ineligible under this provision receives votes on the first ballot, that person’s name shall be deleted from the elective ballot and the report of the first ballot shall include this statement: “One or more names have been deleted due to ineligibility for the office.”

No elder shall be considered eligible for election to the office of general superintendent who has at any time surrendered his or her credential for disciplinary reasons. No person shall be elected to the office of general superintendent who has not reached the age of 35 years or who has reached the age of 68 years. (25.4, 307.16, 900)


Elect a general superintendent to the emerita/emeritus honor when deemed advisable, provided the superintendent shall have become disabled or shall have been granted retired status. It is thereby understood that election to emerita/emeritus relation is of life tenure. (314.1)


Place in retired status a general superintendent who has requested such relationship, or who, in the judgment of the General Assembly, has become disqualified by physical disability, or by any other disqualification that would prevent such a person from caring adequately for the work of the general superintendency; and provided that superintendent has served in the office of general superintendent for at least one full term. Should a general superintendent request retirement in the interim of General Assemblies, the request may be granted by the General Board in regular session upon recommendation of the Board of General Superintendents. (314.1)