Discipline ¶353

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Section XIV. Changes of Conference Relationship
  ¶ 353. Provision for Change in Conference Relationship-When ordained ministers sense that God is calling them to seek a change in conference relationship, either for a short or long term, they are urged to review this with colleagues, the district superintendent, and the bishop. Probationary and associate members and members in full connection seeking a change in conference relationship shall make written request to their board of ordained ministry stating the reasons for the requested change of relationship. In addition, the board of ordained ministry may request personal interviews with the probationary or associate members and members in full connection requesting the change in relationship, except where personal appearance results in undue hardship.36 Clergy appointed to a general agency of the United Methodist Church shall be covered by the policies of the agency in relation to family leave, maternity or paternity leave, and incapacity leave.
36. See Judicial Council Decisions 524, 530.