Petition 81283

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Appointment-Making (81283-SU-¶430.1)

Amend ¶430.1 as follows:
  
¶ 430. Responsibility-1. Clergy shall be appointed by the bishop, however, no pastor serving a local church or charge shall be moved to any other appointment without the express agreement of either that clergyperson or the pastor-parish relations committee of the losing charge,  who is empowered to make and fix all appointments in the episcopal area of which the annual conference is a part...

Rationale

The power of appointment has been and continues to be abused to move pastors when it is not in their or their churches best interest, particularly when small churches are involved. The consultative process mandated in ¶ 431 is seldom used. This change would ensure ¶ 431 is followed and...