Petition 81239

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Qualifications (81239-CO-¶32-C)

Amend ¶32 and related ¶¶602.4 and 251.2 as follows:
Each charge served by more than one clergy member under appointment (including deacons in full connection for whom this is their primary appointment) shall be entitled to as many lay members as there are clergy members under appointment.  The lay members shall have been members of the United Methodist church for the two  years  one year preceding their election and shall have been active participants in the United Methodist Church for at least four  two years preceding their election.  

Rationale

The current requirements of membership and participation exclude newer members from participating while they have enthusiasm and can bring new vitality to the conference.  Also, being a delegate and attending annual conference is a great learning experience into the working of the church as well as education in mission work.