Petition 81055

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Laity Term Limit (81055-CO-¶602.4)

Amend ¶602.4 as follows:
    4.    The lay membership of the annual conference shall consist...The lay members shall have been members of The United Methodist Church for two years preceding their election and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for a least four years preceding their election (¶¶32,251.2)  The tenure of lay membership shall be limited to a maximum of eight consecutive years with possibility for re-election after a period of three years.  Lifetime maximum shall be no more than twelve years.

Rationale

This addition to the requirements for lay membership will continue to allow for continuity within the annual, jurisdictional, and general conferences; but, more importantly, has the potential to improve the age diversity and provide new vision and vitality through a more dynamic representative delegate body.