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Candidacy (81211-MH-¶311.1a)

Add a new sentence to the end of ¶311.1.a:
With written confirmation of two years of membership and one year of service in some form of congregational leadership, the district committee on ordained ministry may approve participation in candidacy for members of Methodist Churches with Concordat Agreements.

Rationale

Many conferences are drawing on persons whose membership is beyond the bounds of The United Methodist Church to pastor congregations of particular demographics.  This provision gives the opportunity for recognition of membership and leadership in Churches with Concordat Relationships so that these persons may pursue candidacy in a timely manner.