Discipline ¶1501

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Section IX. General Board of Pension and Health Benefits
General Administration
¶  1501. Establishment-1. a) There shall be a General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church, hereinafter called the general board, having the general supervision and administration of the support, relief, and assistance and pensioning of clergy of this denomination, lay workers of the various units of the Church, and their families.
    b) The general board shall be the successor to the General Board of Pensions of The United Methodist Church, the Board of Pensions of The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and the General Board of Pensions of The Methodist Church.
  2. The general board shall have authority to establish, maintain, and discontinue the location of its headquarters office and such auxiliary offices as it shall deem proper and advisable.
3. The general board shall report to and be amenable to the General Conference. As a result of changes to the structure of general agencies proposed by the Writing Team of the [former] General Council on Ministires and/or others, the general Church may experience a period of transition. During any such transition in the general structure of the general Church and in order to discharge its fiduciary duties solely in the interest of participants and their beneficiaries and for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits to participants and their beneficiaries as required by ¶1504.14 of The Book of Discipline, all matters related to the work of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of The Book of Discipline, 2000, until the General Conference adopts specific provisions amending the provisions which exist in The Book of Discipline, 2000. The effective date of this subparagraph shall be the close of the 2004 General Conference.