Welcome to the Website of the
Louisiana Conference Order of Elders
"reclaiming a sense of covenant community among elders"
The 1996 session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church established parameters for the development of the Order of Deacons and the Order of Elders. (Guidelines for these Orders are found on page 198 of the 2004 Book of Discipline in ¶306 and following.)
All ordained elders in the Louisiana Conference are members of the Louisiana Conference Order of Elders.
"An order is a covenant community within the church to mutually support, care for, and hold accountable its members for the sake of the life and mission of the church." (2004 BOD ¶306)
Briefly stated, the intent of an Order is to reclaim a sense of covenant community among the clergy.