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Certified Lay Minister (80204-MH-¶272)

Amend ¶ 272 as follows:
  
¶ 272. Certified Lay Minister.
In order to enhance ...
1. The certified lay minister ...
2. A certified lay speaker or a person with equivalent training as defined by his/her district or conference may be certified as a lay minister by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry  Board of Laity after he/she has:
a) Been recommended ...
e) Made application in writing to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry  Board of Laity.
f) Appeared before the District Committee on Ordained Ministry  Board of Laity for review and approval.
3. The certified lay minister is to apply in writing for recertification bi-annually to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry  Board of Laity upon:
a) Ministry Review ...
4. The certified lay minister under assignment is to appear bi-annually before the District Committee on Ordained Ministry  Board of Laity for recertification after:
a) Ministry Review ...
5. Transfer of Certification by Certified Lay Ministers
A certified lay minister who moves may transfer certification to the new district upon receipt of a letter from the previous district's Committee on Ordained Ministry  Board of Laity confirming current certification.
6. The certified lay minister...

Rationale

This change will allow continued affirmation of lay ministry while not confusing the certified lay minister with local pastor. As a lay ministry, supervision should come under something other than a group which is charged with the credentialing process for clergy status.