Tuesday, May 1, 2012
No "Archbishop" for the UMC, and No more Guaranteed Appointments
Since this proposal would have been a change to the constitution, it require a two thirds majority vote. With 490 in favor of the proposal and 399 opposed to it, the two thirds requirement was not reached. - Personally, I favored the proposal, though I think, perhaps it should have been the General Conference's role to elect such a person, rather than have the Council of Bishops make the decision. But, such an idea is irrelevant, now!
More information about this action can be found, here.
Also of great interest to most UMC elders (presbyters) and those in the process toward holy orders has been the proposal that would end "guaranteed appointments" for elders in full connection. It has always been understood to be the "covenant" that elders would agree to go wherever they were sent, and they were always guaranteed that they would have an appointment. - That is no longer the case!
According to this report at The United Methodist Reporter site, the General Conference has voted to do away with guaranteed appointments. - This is an action that will undoubtedly not be received well by several elders in the UMC. - There are now calls for "term limits" for bishops, to go along with this move. Certain clergy have argued that justice would demand such additional action.