Petition 80299

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Changing Membership in an Order (80299-MH-¶309)

Amend ¶309 as follows:
  
¶ 309. Membership in an Order
1. Persons shall become members ...
2. Changing Orders—Upon recommendation ...
a) informed the bishop ...
e) completed at least two years under appointment while licensed for pastoral ministry or for a specialized ministry of the deacon  the ministry of the order to which they are transitioning.

3. Such persons shall be ordained to the order for which they have been called and qualified  retain their credentials and  full membership in the annual conference through the transition period from one order to the other. When ordained to the order to which they are transitioning, they and shall surrender to the conference secretary the credentials of the order from which they are leaving.

Rationale

To clarify the conference relationship of a clergy person changing orders.