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Clergy issues put to vote

Delegates consider matters concerning appointment, ordination and pastoral effectiveness.

SAM HODGES
United Methodist News Service

A few petitions affecting United Methodist clergy either were approved by General Conference 2016 or are highly likely to be, having made it onto the consent calendar.

But a renewed effort that would have begun the process to remove the constitutional bar to  end guaranteed appointment for ordained elders failed in committee, as did an “early ordination” petition.

Many petitions dealing with clergy came from the Ministry Study Commission, led by Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya.

“Overall, we did pretty well in terms of legislation,” Hagiya said on May 16.

Delegates passed a range of petitions on the first consent calendar Monday. Among them was one from the Ministry Study Commission titled “Deepening the Theology of Ordination.”

The purpose is to provide clarity around the meaning of ordination, as well around sacramental authority and the Holy Spirit’s role in that.

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