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GBHEM Members on Conference Boards (80171-GA-¶710.6)

Amend ¶710.6 as follows:
¶710.6
. A voting member of a general agency, by virtue of such membership, shall become an ex officio (voting) member of the corresponding agency or its equivalent structure, if any, in the annual conference in accordance with the provisions of ¶ 608.6; unless such membership would conflict with ¶ 611.2b(2). Elected lay members of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry may serve as lay observers in their annual conference board of ordained ministry (¶ 634.1) if so nominated by the resident bishop. Elected members of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry may serve as ex officio members on both corresponding boards of their annual conference: the board of ordained ministry and the board of higher education. They shall be voting members, however, only on the conference board of higher education unless nominated by their resident bishop to be a voting member of the conference board of ordained ministry.

Rationale

To allow lay and clergy members of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to serve on both the annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the annual conference Board of Higher Education, ensures two-way communication between both Divisions of the General Board and the Annual Conferences.