Petition 81278

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Ministry Settings (81278-MH-¶335)

Amend First Paragraph of ¶335
¶ 335. Requirements for Admission to Full Connection and Ordination as Elder--Probationary members who are candidates for full connection and ordination as elders and have been probationary members for at least three years may be admitted into membership in full connection in an annual conference and approved for elder’s ordination by two-thirds vote of the clergy members in full connection of the annual conference, upon recommendation by two-thirds vote of the board of ordained ministry, after they have qualified as follows. They shall have: (1) served full-time under episcopal appointment for at least three full annual conference years following the completion of the educational requirements specified in 3(b) below. Years of service in any ministry setting requiring the regular proclamation of the word, the administration of the sacraments, and the short or long-term ordering of the life of the community of faith shall count toward the fulfillment of this requirement.  Such ministry settings shall include campus ministry, college and university chaplaincy, hospital and prison chaplaincy, military chaplaincy, overseas/mission work and other ministries so recognized by Ordained Ministry Section of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Upon recommendation of the board...

Rationale

Boards of Ordained Ministry have struggled over what constitutes appropriate full-time service for Probationary Elders seeking Ordination and Full Connection.  This proposal clarifies that years of service in positions requiring the proclamation of the word, the administration of the sacraments, and the ordering of church life qualifies toward this requirement.