Petition 81202

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Fellowship of LP and AM (81202-MH-¶323)

Amend ¶ 323 as follows:
¶ 323. Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members – Each annual conference may  shall organize a Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members. All licensed local pastors and associate members may  shall be members and participate in the Fellowship... (The remainder of ¶ 323 is unchanged.)

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Whereas, a growing percentage of our churches are served by licensed local pastors and associate members, and whereas, 28.9% of United Methodist clergy are licensed local pastors and associate members there is a need for all conferences to provide  guidance, support, and accountability. Removing the word  may and adding the...