Petition 81284

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Communication (81284-SU-¶433.3)

Amend ¶433.3 as follows:
  
3. When a change in appointment has been determined, the district superintendent should meet together or separately with the pastor and the committee on pastor-parish relations where the pastor is serving, for the purpose of sharing the basis for the change and the process used in making the new appointment. Whenever the change of appointment has been initiated by a bishop or district superintendent, a clear and understandable reason for the change shall be provided to both the pastor and the committee on pastor-parish relations where the pastor is serving.  Should confidentiality preclude the sharing of this information by the district superintendent, the responsibility for sharing this information shall fall to the bishop.

Rationale

This petition is meant to ease the distress and clear up the confusion caused by appointment changes that are not initiated by the pastor or local church.