The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops has recommended that Bishop Earl Bledsoe be assigned to oversee the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Conferences. The jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee had voted to retire him involuntarily, claiming he had been an ineffective administrator in his four years of leading the North Texas Conference; but the Judicial Council overturned that action and ruled he must be assigned to an episcopal area.
The next step is a vote by the Council of Bishops.
Here’s a press release from Bishop Huie:
Monday, December 17, 2012 – Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, President of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops announced today that the process for consultation outlined in Para.407 of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church has been completed. The SCJ College of Bishops has voted to recommend to the Council of Bishops the assignment of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Conferences.
The Council of Bishops will be voting on the recommendation by email with a requested response date by December 20, 2012.