Petition 81090

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Tenure for Bishops (81090-SU-¶403)

Amend ¶403 by adding at the end of the paragraph the following sentence:  
  
Bishops shall be elected for two four-year terms, after which they shall return to a clergy appointment at either the district or the local church level; or, if eligible to do so, may retire.

Rationale

This revision is reflective of our heritage in that term limits for bishops were exercised in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Furthermore, this is to ensure that a greater number of the many capable pastors in our denomination will be afforded the opportunity to serve in the office of bishop.