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The meeting may be historic. In a sign that the Assemblies, the oldest predominantly white Pentecostal fellowship in the country, is changing attitudes about women in leadership, delegates are expected to approve a change in policy that would see a woman elected to the church’s General Presbytery, its second-highest policy-making body, for the first time. A Florida-based missionary is considered a strong candidate for that post.
Following preliminary conferences today, the four-day General Council, at the Orange County Convention Center, will open Tuesday night with a worship service. The council is the business meeting that gathers clergy members and lay delegates from the Assemblies’ 12,362 churches and more than 2.8 million adherents to review the church’s ministries, to elect top officials and to vote on policies.