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Membership of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (80336-MH-¶663.1)

Amend ¶663.1 as follows:
¶663.
There shall be a district committee on ordained ministry.
1. The district committee on ordained ministry shall be amenable to the annual conference through the board of ordained ministry. It shall be composed of a representative from the board of ordained ministry, named by the board after consultation with the district superintendent, who may be named chairperson; the district superintendent, who may serve as the executive secretary; and at least six other clergy in the district, including women and ethnic clergy. The clergy shall include elders in full connection, including at least one who has completed the Course of Study; and, where possible, deacons in full connection; and when possible at least one clergyperson who is age 35 or younger. Wherever possible, These persons shall be nominated annually by the district superintendent in consultation with the chairperson or executive committee of the board of ordained ministry and approved by the annual conference. The committee shall include elders in full connection and, whenever possible deacons in full connection and at least one elder who has taken the Course of Study...”

Rationale

Inclusion of younger clergy on the district committee on ordained ministry.