Petition 81184

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Specific Responsibilities of Bishops (81184-SU-¶414.5)

Add the following to the existing paragraph and amend any other relevant paragraphs to make them consistent with this one.
  
¶414.5 To teach and uphold the theological traditions of The United Methodist Church, including the approval of the educational plans of all candidates for ordained ministry.

Rationale

This would be, I think, a reasonable implication of the bishops’ responsibility for spiritual leadership of the church. It would promote unity, consistency, and accountability between the one ordaining and those to be ordained. It would promote a closer connection between candidates and the bishop.