Petition 81243

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Alternate Name (81243-MH-¶323)

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

Rationale

John Wesley made extensive use of licensed local preachers in spreading Methodism. It is fitting to allow the Fellowships in the annual conferences to use the name in memory of our heritage.