Petition 81237

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Mandated Structures (81237-CO-¶609)

Amend ¶ 609 by adding the following clause:
  
¶ 609.  The annual conference is responsible for structuring its ministries and administrative procedures in order to accomplish its purpose (¶ 601), with the exception of the mandated provisions of ¶¶634, 635, 638, 639, 646, 647.  In so doing it shall provide for the connectional relationship of the local church, district, and conference with the general agencies. It will monitor to ensure inclusiveness—racial, gender, age, and people with disabilities—in the annual conference.

Rationale

Specifying which structures are mandated in the annual conference will assist annual conferences in their work of organizing for their mission.  When listed by paragraph number there is no question as to which annual conference boards and agencies are mandated.