Discipline ¶423

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  ¶  423. Administration-1. To schedule and preside, or authorize an elder to preside, in each annual charge conference or church conference within the district (¶¶ 246, 248).
2. To administer the district office, including supervision of support staff (¶¶ 613.1a; 666.4a).
3. To develop adequate compensation for all clergy, including provision for housing, utilities, travel, and continuing education.
4. To keep and maintain appropriate supervisory records on all ministerial personnel appointed or related to charges within the district. Supervisory records shall be kept under guidelines approved by the General Council on Finance and Administration. At the time of appointment change, supervisory records shall be given to the superintendent of record. The bishop shall be the superintendent of record for the district superintendents.
5. To cooperate with the district board of church location and building and local church boards of trustees or building committees in arranging acquisitions, sales, transfers, and mortgages of property; and to ensure that all charters, deeds, and other legal documents conform to the Discipline and to the laws, usages, and forms of the county, state, territory, or country within which such property is situated and to keep copies thereof.
6. To ensure that an investigation be made and a plan of action be developed for the future missional needs of The United Methodist Church or the community prior to consenting to the proposed action to sell or transfer any United Methodist local church property.
7. To keep accurate and complete records for one’s successor, including:
    a) All abandoned church properties and cemeteries within the bounds of the district;
b) All church properties being permissively used by other religious organizations, with the names of the local trustees thereof;
c) All known endowments, annuities, trust funds, investments, and unpaid legacies belonging to any pastoral charge or organization connected therewith in the district and an accounting of their management;
d) Membership of persons from churches that have been closed.
  8. To receive a plan for the cultivation of giving from each congregation that includes promotion for current and deferred financial support in local churches for district, conference, and denominational causes.
9. To develop with appropriate district committees strategies that give careful attention to the needs of churches of small membership and to the formation of cooperative ministries.
10. To transfer members of a discontinued church to another United Methodist church of their choice or to such other churches as members may elect.
11. To recommend to the bishop for approval, after consultation with the churches involved, any realignment of pastoral charge lines and report them to the annual conference.
12. To serve within the district as acting administrator of any pastoral charge in which a pastoral vacancy may develop or where no pastor has been appointed.18
13. To see that the provisions of the Discipline are observed and to interpret and decide all questions of Church law and discipline raised by the churches in the district, subject to affirmation, modification, or reversal by the president of the annual conference.
14. To secure an annual audit report of any and all district funds and send a copy to the district conference or annual conference council on finance and administration.
18. See Judicial Council Decision 581.