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Local Pastors as Delegates (80049-MH-¶35-C)

Amend ¶35 as follows:
The ordained ministerial delegates and the full-time and part-time local pastor delegates to the General Conference and to the jurisdictional or central conference shall be elected by and from the ordained ministerial members in full connection, the full-time and part-time local pastors under appointment to a pastoral charge with the annual conference or provisional annual conference.

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.