Petition 81511

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Adoption of Services for the Ordering of Ministry in the UMC, 2008 (81511-DI-NonDis)

A petition to the 2008 General Conference:
WHEREAS, The United Methodist Church should reflect in the services of ordination the implantation of the ordering of ministry as reflected in The Book of Discipline; and
  
WHEREAS, the 2004 General Conference referred the work of revision of services for the ordering of ministry to the General Board of Discipleship in consultation with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the Council of Bishops; and  
  
WHEREAS, the provisions of the 1992 Discipline regarding the consecration of diaconal ministers and the ordination of those in the probationary relationship formally expire in 2008, whereupon changes in the ritual for ordering ministry are required,
  
Therefore, be it resolved that the 2008 General Conference adopt Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church, 2008 as the approved guidelines, texts and rubrics for use by the bishops and annual conferences during the 2009–2012 quadrennium; and
  
Be it further resolved that the 2008 General Conference direct the General Board of Discipleship in consultation with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns and the Council of Bishops to further revise these services as needed to conform to 2008 legislation and to present them for adoption by the 2012 General Conference.
For additional text of this petition go to:  www.GBOD.org/gc2008