Sub-Committee Votes to End Guaranteed Appointments with Attached “Mueller Amendment”

A significant amendment was offered by Gary Mueller (North Texas Annual Conference) and perfected by the sub-committee. The amendment establishes a team of eight people to advise the bishop on the qualities needed in appointable pastors within the bounds of the annual conference. It also requires reporting to the executive committee on the Board of Ordained Ministry and accountability through the jurisdictional and conference committees on the Episcopacy.

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God’s role in times of crisis

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Updated: Looking at new General Conference dates

General Conference organizers met in closed session to explore when they could reschedule the lawmaking assembly after the coronavirus-compelled delay.