Petition 81110

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Direct Hire (81110-MH-¶1421.5c)

Add “(4) Direct Hire of Clergy or Pastors outside of the Wesleyan Heritage” to ¶1421.5c of The Book of Discipline.
(4) – Direct Hire of Clergy or Pastors outside of the Wesleyan Heritage – All direct hire clergy, or pastors outside of the Wesleyan connection that serve United Methodist Churches will be subject to the rules of the candidacy process three years from their initial hiring.  

Rationale

The current endorsement does not address credentialing ‘direct hire’ evangelist, ministers, ordained pastors, and/or clergy outside of the Wesleyan tradition, serving United Methodist congregations.  In as much as The United Methodist Church has an established process for ordaining and credentialing pastoral leadership within the United Methodist Church, this motion is...