Petition 81450

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Length of Probation (81450-MH-¶326)

Amend ¶ 326 as follows:  
¶ 326. Probationary Service of Commissioned Ministers—All persons who are commissioned ministers shall be appointed by a bishop (¶ 430) and normally serve a minimum of three years following the completion of education requirements for full connection as a probationary member of the annual conference. For the sake of the mission of the church, Annual Conference Boards of Ordained ministry may choose to reduce the minimal probationary period from three years to two years. During the probationary period...

Rationale

This petition would simply offer individual conference Boards of Ordained Ministry a little more flexibility to make decisions about the minimal length of their probationary period so that they can most effectively respond to their particular social contexts and needs.