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Educational Requirements for Probationary Membership (80311-MH-¶324.4)

Amend ¶324.4 as follows:
  
¶324.4 Graduate Requirement:
a
) Candidates for deacon or elder shall have completed one-half a minimum of twenty-four semester hours of the basic graduate theological studies in the Christian faith. These courses may be included within or in addition to a seminary degree. The se  basic graduate theological studies must include  courses in   the areas of : Old Testament; New Testament; theology; church history; mission of the church in the world; evangelism; worship/liturgy; and United Methodist doctrine, polity and history. These courses may be included within or in addition to a seminary degree.
b) a candidate for ordination as an elder shall have completed one-half of the studies toward a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, including one-half of the basic graduate theological studies from a seminary listed by the University Senate.
c) a candidate for ordination as a deacon shall have:
(1) completed one-half of the studies of a master’s degree from a United Methodist seminary or one listed by the University Senate, or
(2) received a master's degree in the area of the specialized ministry in which the candidate will serve, . . .
(3) In each case the candidate will have and completed one-half of the basic graduate theological studies, in a context which will provide formation as a United Methodist deacon in full connection within a cohesive program developed by the seminary and approved by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, documented by a record of completion from that school.

Rationale

Remove redundant language in order to give clarity to the educational requirements.