Petition 80484

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Lay Person in Ministry (80484-LC-¶205.4)

Amend ¶205.4 as follows:

4. When a pastoral charge is not able to be served by an ordained or licensed minister, the Bishop, upon recommendation of the Cabinet, may assign a qualified and trained lay person, lay minister or lay missioner to do the work of ministry in that charge. The lay person is accountable to the district superintendent or another ordained or licensed minister appointed to oversee the charge, who will make provision for sacramental ministry and provide guidance and mentoring to the lay person assigned. The lay person assigned is also accountable to the policies and procedures of the annual conference where assigned. This assignment, while on a week to week basis, shall not last longer than two years, unless the assigned person enters the process to become a licensed local pastor.

Rationale

This removes responsibility/liability from the District Superintendent and places accountability on the district Committee on Ordained Ministry.