Petition 81037

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Definition of Complaints (81037-JA-¶362.2)

Amend ¶362.2 as follows:
2.   Definitions of Referred Complaints---a) Administrative Complaint---If the bishop determines that the complaint is based on allegations of incompetence, ineffectiveness, or unwillingness or inability to perform ministerial duties, he or she shall refer the complaint as an administrative complaint to the board of ordained ministry for its consideration of remedial or other action74  (see ¶362.4a).
b)   Judicial Complaint---If the bishop determines that the complaint is based on allegations of one or more offenses listed in ¶2702.1, the bishop shall refer the complaint to counsel for the church, in accordance with the provisions of ¶2704.2.

Rationale

To clarify the difference between types of complaints and make it more plain to the average United Methodist the two distinct systems for processing complaints.