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Episcopal Term Limits (81363-SU-¶50-C)

Amend ¶ 50, Article VI of the Constitution, as follows:
  
    ¶ 50. Article VI.The bishops...
The bishops of The Methodist Church elected by the jurisdictions, the active bishops of The Evangelical United Brethren Church at the time of union, and bishops elected by the jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church shall have life  tenure  terms of office limited to eight years, with the possibility of reelection.  Each bishop elected by a central conference...

Rationale

Term episcopacy would enable the jurisdictional conferences to examine the bishops to determine whether the gifts and qualities they bring to the office are those most needed by the church at that time, allowing the jurisdictional conferences to secure the best episcopal leadership for the church.  Additional legislation would flesh...