Bishop Harvey to Serve as Louisiana Area Bishop Through Postponed Jurisdictional Conference

June 01, 2020
Every four years, each of the five U.S. geographical jurisdictions in The United Methodist Church holds a jurisdictional conference to elect new bishops and select members of various boards and agencies. 

Immediately following the election of the new bishops, the Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy makes assignments of newly elected bishops as well continuing bishops.
 
The Louisiana Annual Conference is a member of the South Central Jurisdiction, of which there are twelve Annual Conferences. 
 
Ten Episcopal leaders supervise the jurisdiction, including Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, who was assigned to Louisiana following her election in  2012. 
 
Were it not for the effects of COVID-19, the South Central Jurisdictional Conference would have been held this July, and new bishops would have been elected, and episcopal assignments would have been made.  Per the United Methodist Book of Discipline, Bishops are eligible to serve in one area for up to three terms.  
 
The South Central Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy, in consultation with the SCJ College of Bishops and the Council of Bishops, has made the decision to continue current episcopal assignments through the dates of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference which has been postponed and rescheduled for November 10-12, 2021. 
 
As a result, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey will continue to serve as Resident Bishop of the Louisiana Conference. 
 
"I look forward to continuing to lead the Louisiana Conference in these challenging times. There is important and critical work before us that can shape our future as faithful United Methodists - antiracism, congregational transformation, leadership development of both clergy and laity, financial stability, and missional engagement that transforms our churches and communities," Bishop Harvey said. "I am confident Louisiana United Methodists will, by the power of the Holy Spirit, embrace these divergent times with the same resilience we've practiced over and over. "
 
“The Louisiana Episcopacy Committee is pleased Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey will guide us through these uncertain times. The Bishop’s knowledge of the Louisiana Conference will be most valuable while navigating what is before our United Methodist Church,” said Carolyn Dove, who serves as Chairperson of the Louisiana Conference Episcopacy Committee and member of the Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy alongside Rev. Andy Goff.

All other residential bishops in the South Central Jurisdiction will remain in their assigned area locations through the jurisdictional conference until the new assignments are made based upon the recommendation of the SCJ Episcopacy Committee.