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Local Pastor Voting Rights (80047-MH-¶316.6)

Amend ¶316.6 as follows:
The membership of local pastors under full-time and part-time appointment is in the annual conference where they shall have the right to vote on all matters except constitutional amendments, election of delegates to general, jurisdictional, or central conferences, and matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.

Rationale

Local Pastors (full and part-time) represent 15% of the clergy membership of the annual conferences.  They have no vote or representation at general or jurisdictional conference.  We trust them to baptize, perform marriages and serve communion. Fairness suggests, they should be given the right to vote and participate.