Petition 80462

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Consultation Prior to Termination (80462-MH-¶331.14e)

Amend ¶ No. 331.14e:
Since deacons are not guaranteed a place of employment in the Church, special attention shall be given to termination procedures that allow time for seeking another service appointment. Notification of dismissal shall provide a ninety-day period to final termination of employment unless the contract specifies otherwise or except for causes as listed in ¶2702. No deacon shall be dismissed from a local church appointment without the deacon’s prior consultation with and full knowledge of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the overseeing District Superintendent and the presiding Bishop.

Rationale

Since the District Superintendent and Bishop consult on the appointment of a deacon to a local church, they should also be consulted before a deacon is to be dismissed.