Jim DeLa, Bradenton Herald
TAMPA — Parishioners and clergy from Methodist churches in Manatee County are getting a rare chance to see first-hand how their church really works.
Members of the United Methodist Church, including clergy, bishops and laypeople from around the world, are in Tampa for the denomination’s 2012 General Conference.
The two-week conference, held every four years, gathers nearly 1,000 delegates who will decide policy and the direction for the church, and debate other matters. The Rev. Catherine Fluck Price, co-pastor at Harvest United Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch, is one of only 11 delegates and two alternates representing Florida.