Petition 80318

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Extension Ministries and ABLC (80318-MH-¶337)

Add new sub-paragraph .3 as follows:
¶337 3. Elders and deacons in full connection, probationary members, and persons licensed for pastoral ministry may be appointed to ministry settings that extend the ministry of The United Methodist Church and the witness and service of Christ’s love and justice in the world.  They shall be given the same moral and spiritual support by the annual conference as are persons in appointments to pastoral charges. Their effectiveness shall be evaluated in the context of the specific setting in which their ministry is performed. Such ministry settings shall include teaching, pastoral care and counseling, chaplaincy, campus ministry, social services, and other ministries so recognized by the conference board of ordained ministry and approved by the bishop.
a) Full connection and probationary elders and persons licensed for pastoral ministry may be appointed to Extension Ministries serving in ministries of pastoral care in specialized settings.  See ¶¶ 326, 343-344 for specific information about Extension Ministries.
b) Deacons in probationary membership and full connection may be appointed to appointments beyond the local church that extend the witness and service of Christ’s love and justice in a ministry to both the community and the church. This ministry connects community and church and equips all Christians to fulfill their own calls to Christian service. See ¶¶ 326, 328, 329, 331 for specific information about these ministries.
c) All persons in such appointments should:
(1) be appointed to a setting that provides an appropriate support and accountability structure;
(2) continue to be accountable to the annual conference for the practice of their ministry;
(3) provide an annual report, including a narrative of their ministry, evidence of continuing education, and evidence of an annual evaluation  in their setting;  
(4) maintain a relationship with a charge conference.

Rationale

Give clarity and definition about the various categories of appointment and to distinguish between elders and persons licensed for pastoral ministry in extension ministries and deacons in appointments beyond the local church.