Amend ¶359 as follows:
¶ 359. Retirement-Retired clergy members are those who have been placed in the retired relation either at their own request or by action of the clergy session upon recommendation of the board of ordained ministry.48 (See ¶¶ 1506-1509 and the Ministerial Pension Plan, amended and restated effective January 1, 2007, as the Clergy Retirement Security Program, for pension information.) Requests for retirement shall be stated in writing to the bishop, cabinet, and board of ordained ministry
at least one hundred twenty days prior to or during Annual Conference with an adequate time period prior to the date on which retirement is to be effective. The board of ordained ministry shall provide guidance and counsel to the retiring member and family as they begin a new relationship in the local church.
The requests for notification of retirement are administratively difficult for both clergy and conference agencies. The current 120 days notification leads to denied retirement and postponed pension benefits.