Petition 81277

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All Matters (81277-MH-¶316.6)

Amend ¶316.6:
The membership of local pastors under full-time and part-time appointment is in the annual conference where they shall have the right to vote on all matters except constitutional amendments, election of delegates to general, jurisdictional or central conference, and matters of ordination, character and conference relations of clergy .


Local pastors perform the same duties as ordained clergy and are fellowshipped by their respective bishops and should be entitled to the same privileges and rights. Also, statistically there are more local pastors in the church and in denying votes leaves churches without representation which leads to skewed voting.