Calendar Item 875

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The Petition is amended as follows:
  
Amend ¶¶311, 311.1, 311.2, and 311.3 as follows:
  
¶ 311. Candidacy for Licensed and Ordained Ministry
Persons, upon hearing and heeding the call to servant leadership through licensed or ordained ministry, shall contact the pastor of their local church, another ordained deacon or elder  clergy, or their  the district superintendent of the district in which their United Methodist ministry setting is located to inquire about the process of candidacy. Persons are encouraged to use the resources recommended by GBHEM, such as The Christian as Minister, and   and the Ministry Inquiry Process. and the Candidacy Guidebook.
  
Substitute the following for the rest of the petition:
  
¶311.1 Those beginning candidacy for licensed or ordained ministry:
a)    shall be a professing member in good standing of The United Methodist Church or a baptized participant of a recognized United Methodist campus ministry or other United Methodist ministry setting for a minimum of one (1) year;
    b)    shall write to the district superintendent requesting admission to the candidacy process and the assignment of a candidacy mentor.  Include a statement of call. Request registration through the district superintendent with GBHEM;
c)    after registration by the district superintendent with GBHEM, mentor and candidate will study the resources adopted by the conference board of ordained ministry;  
d)    shall write their statement of call and responses to Wesley’s historic questions in ¶310. The candidate will consult with the pastor or equivalent in ministry setting specified by the district committee on ordained ministry to request a meeting of the pastor parish relations committee or equivalent body specified by the district committee on ordained ministry to consider the statement of call and Wesley’s historic questions;    
e)    After approval of the candidate by pastor parish relations committee or equivalent body specified by the district committee on ordained ministry, shall meet with a charge conference or body specified by the district committee on ordained ministry called to recommend the candidate to the district committee on ordained ministry.  Approval of the candidate must be by two thirds written ballot.
    ¶311.2 Candidates approved by the charge conference and seeking to become certified for licensed or ordained ministry shall:
a)    request to meet with the district committee on ordained ministry.  In preparation for meeting with the district committee on ordained ministry, consult with the mentor to provide the following written information, in addition to the material written for ¶311.1.d.: i) the most formative experience of their Christian life; ii) God’s call to licensed or ordained ministry and role of the church in their call; iii) their beliefs as a Christian; iv) their gifts for ministry;  v) their present understanding of their call to ministry as elder, deacon, or licensed ministry; and vi) their support system;
    b)    [current ¶311.3.d with the additional statement] The district committee on ordained ministry through the board of ordained ministry shall seek ways to consider cultural and ethnic/racial realities in meeting these requirements.
c)    [current ¶311.3.e]
d)    [current ¶311.3.f]
e)    Upon vote of certification, shall be encouraged by the district committee on ordained ministry to attend a United Methodist seminary.    
    ¶311.3  In special circumstances, the district committee on ordained ministry may authorize other United Methodist ministry settings to serve in the role of the local church for the purpose of recommending candidacy and specify the persons or bodies that will serve in the roles of pastor, pastor parish relations committee and charge conference.