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All Clergy Members Vote (80172-MH-¶35-C)

Amend ¶¶35. Article IV, 316.6, 318.5, 321.1, 327.2, and 602.1 as follows:
35 - The ordained ministerial delegates to the General Conference and to the jurisdictional or central conference shall be elected by the clergy members of the annual conference and from the ordained ministerial members in full connection.

316.6 - The membership of local pastors under full-time and part-time appointment is in the annual conference where they shall have the right to vote on all matters except   constitutional amendments , election of delegates to general, jurisdictional, or central conferences, and matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.

318.5 - Local pastors, except student local pastors, may serve on any board, commission, or committee with voice and vote, except on matters of clergy character, qualifications, status, and ordination, except the board of ordained ministry and the district committee on ordained ministry (¶ 634.1). They shall not be eligible to vote on or serve as delegates to the general, jurisdictional, or central conference.

1. Associate members shall have a right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except the following: (a) constitutional amendments;  (b) election of delegates to the general and  jurisdictional or central conferences; (c)  (b) all matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.

327.2 - Probationary members shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except the following:
a) constitutional amendments;
b) election of delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences;
b) c ) all matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.

602.1 c - 1. Associate and affiliate clergy members shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except constitutional amendments, election of clergy delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences , and matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.
c) 2. Associate and  Affiliate clergy members shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except constitutional amendments, election of clergy delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences, and matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.
  
602.1 d - Full-time and part-time local pastors under appointment to a pastoral charge shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except constitutional amendments ; election of delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences; and matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.

Rationale

These changes would allow all clergy members to participate in the election of clergy delegates to general, jurisdictional or central conferences. It would allow just representation to those clergy who are licensed local pastors, associate and probationary members, many of whom serve in small rural, urban or ethnic minority  churches.