Discipline ¶714

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  ¶ 714. Provisions Pertaining to Staff-1. No elected general program agency staff shall hold the same position more than twelve years. Years of service prior to January 1, 1989, are not counted. The agency responsible for the election of such staff may annually suspend this provision by a two-thirds ballot vote.13
2. Official travel of the staffs of agencies shall be interpreted to include all travel that is necessary in the performance of official duties directly related to the agency functions. No staff person shall accept honoraria for such official duties. A staff member may accept an engagement not related to the functions of the employing agency when such an engagement does not interfere with official duties; the staff member may accept an honorarium for services rendered in connection with such engagements.
3. Normal retirement for all general agency staff personnel shall be at age sixty-five or the completion of forty years of service to The United Methodist Church in an elective, appointive, or employed capacity. Mandatory retirement for elective and appointive staff shall be at age seventy. There shall be no mandatory retirement age for other employed staff. All general agency staff personnel may elect to retire from the employing general agency at any time in accordance with the policy in place at the general agency or, if the general agency has a voting representative on the Committee on Personnel Policies and Practices of the General Council on Finance and Administration, with the policy established by the General Council on Finance and Administration upon recommendation of the Committee on Personnel Policies and Practices.
4. Provisions of the Staff Retirement Benefits Program, amended and restated effective January 1, 2007, as the Retirement Security Program for General Agencies of The United Methodist Church,  shall be reviewed, with recommendations, by the Committee on Personnel Policies and Practices (¶ 807.13b).
5. All general secretaries, deputy general secretaries, associate general secretaries, assistant general secretaries, and treasurers of all general agencies shall be professing members of The United Methodist Church. This provision shall not apply to persons employed prior to the 2004 General Conference.14 This legislation shall take effect immediately upon adjournment of the 2004 General Conference.   
6. No member of the staff of a general agency shall be eligible for voting membership on any general or jurisdictional agency of The United Methodist Church, except where the Discipline specifically provides for such interagency representation.
7. Elected staff shall be allowed voice, but not vote in the agency and its subunits.
8. All elected staff persons of general agencies shall be persons who model themselves after the servanthood of Jesus Christ. They shall be persons of genuine Christian character who love the Church and are committed to the oneness of the body of Christ, are morally disciplined and shall uphold the doctrinal and ethical standards of The United Methodist Church as set forth in the Doctrinal Standards (¶ 103) and Social Principles, and are competent to administer the affairs of a general agency.
9. All management staff persons of general agencies shall be persons who model themselves after the servanthood of Jesus Christ. They shall be persons of genuine Christian character who love the Church and are committed to the oneness of the body of Christ, are morally disciplined and loyal to the ethical standards of The United Methodist Church as set forth in the Social Principles, and are competent to administer the affairs of a general agency.
  10. Prior to any interviews of clergypersons for general board or agency staff positions, the bishop of the clergyperson under consideration shall be consulted at the initiative of the board or agency.
13. See Judicial Council Decisions 567, 858.
14. See Judicial Council Decision 426.