Petition 81170

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Extend DS Term (81170-SU-¶418)

Amend ¶418 as follows:
¶ 418. Limitations on Years of Service
The normal term for a district superintendent shall be up to six  eight years, but this may be extended to no more than up to eight  twelve years at the discretion of the bishop, in consultation with the cabinet and the district committee on superintendency. No superintendent shall serve for more than eight  twelve years in any consecutive eleven  sixteen years. No elder shall serve as district superintendent more than twelve years . In addition, consideration shall be given to the nature of superintendency as described in ¶¶ 401-402.15

Rationale

It takes time for a District Superintendent to get to know their district and to be an effective leader.  By extending the possible years of service and taking out the limitation of years possible the church will benefit from more experienced leadership.