Presidency, The

In general usage 'The Presidency' has over the years referred to the office of the President of the Conference. In 2007, however, it was introduced as a technical term to refer to the group consisting in any given year of the President and Vice-President of the Conference, the President and Vice-President of the preceding year and the persons designated to be President and Vice-President in the year following, with the expectation that they would share a ministry of leadership and visitation in the Connexion and beyond. That usage was officially abandoned in 2012, when the responsibilities and powers of the Vice-President were significantly extended. The term now refers to the office of President, as before, or jointly to the President and Vice-President.