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Extension Ministries (80190-MH-¶344)

Amend ¶344 as follows:
¶ 344. Provisions for Appointment to Extension Ministries
  Elders and associate members in appointments extending the ministry of the local United Methodist church are full participants in the itinerant system. . .  
1. Categories of Appointment—In order to establish a clear distinction between the work to which all Christians are called and the tasks for which ordained ministers  clergy are appropriately prepared and authorized, the following categories are established for appointments of elders and associate members within the itineracy  and those licensed for pastoral ministry of The United Methodist Church.
a) Appointments within the connectional structures of United Methodism: . . .
(1). . .  2)  . . . (3)  . . .
(4) Appointments to an ecumenical agency. b) Appointments to extension ministries of elders in full connection, associate members and those licensed for pastoral ministry under endorsement by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and other ministry settings which the bishop and conference board of ordained ministry may designate.   . . .
c) Elders, associate members and those licensed for pastoral ministry  in service under the General Board of Global Ministries may be appointed to the ministries listed in a) and b)   . . .
  d) Elders, associate members and those licensed for pastoral ministry may receive appointments beyond  . . .  
2. Relation to the Annual Conference—a) Accountability to the Annual Conference—  Elders  All clergy in extension ministries are amenable to the annual conference  . . . Elders  All clergy under appointment  . . .  This report shall serve as the basis for the evaluation of these clergy in light of the missional needs of the Church and the fulfillment of their licensing or ordination to be minister of Service, Word, Sacrament, and Order. Elders  All clergy formally evaluated by the institutions in which they serve will provide, instead of an evaluation, a narrative report reflecting their ministry. Elders  All clergy serving in appointments outside the conference in which they hold membership shall furnish a copy of their report also to the bishop of the area in which they serve. Annual conferences shall review the qualifications of persons in extension ministry status and integrate them into the ongoing work of the annual conference.
b) Responsibility of the Annual Conference—The bishop, representatives of the cabinet, and an endorsed representative from extension ministries within the board of ordained ministry shall provide an opportunity to meet annually with ordained clergy in extension ministries who . . .  
3. Relation to the Local Church—a) Elders  All clergy appointed in extension ministries shall establish membership in a charge conference  . . . in their home. They shall submit to their home charge conference an annual report of pastoral duties and the fulfillment of their licensing or ordination through their special appointment,  . . .  
b) Affiliate Relation to a Local Church— Ordained Elders  All clergy under appointment to extension ministries and serving outside  . . . The selection of the charge conference shall be made after consultation between the elder  person in extension ministry and the pastor of the local United Methodist church.
These ordained elders  clergy under appointment in extension ministries and serving outside the geographical boundaries of their home annual conference shall submit to the charge conference of which they are affiliate members a copy of the report submitted to their home charge conference and/or an oral report concerning their ministry and the fulfillment of their licensing or ordination. . . .
4. Affiliate Relation to Annual Conference— . . .
5.  General Provisions – a) . . .  b) . . .  c)  . . .  
d) Elders  All clergy appointed to extension ministries shall attend the annual conference in which membership is held.
e)  . . .

Rationale

This petition is submitted to bring it into alignment with ¶316 which states: “Those licensed for pastoral ministry may be appointed to extension ministry settings when approved by the bishop and the board of ordained ministry.”  It is no longer only elders who may be appointed to extension ministries.