Two Decisions, One a Danger

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Not a problem

If I understand his analysis correctly, Rev Lawrence is saying that if candidates are recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry and properly voted then they are ordained. The consecration ceremony is not part of the process but simply a public ceremony proclaiming the ordination, analogous to a college student who can’t attend the commencement ceremony but is still a graduate of the institution. Starting 1 January BOM will not be able to recommend unqualified candidates since the wording will read;
“The District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Board of Ordained Ministry shall not approve or recommend any person for candidacy, licensing, commissioning, or ordination who does not meet the qualifications of ¶ 304.1-3, based on the full examination and thorough inquiry into the person’s fitness by the committee and board”
But what happens if they ignore the new rules and recommend unqualified candidates anyway?
“The bishop presiding in the clergy session shall rule any such unqualified candidate out of order and not eligible to be acted upon”
The ineligible candidate never gets voted in the clergy session because the bishop rules the vote out of order. The bishop asserts his authority before the vote is even made. So if a hurricane cuts short annual conference and the consecration ceremony is cancelled the candidate is still not ordained because he or she was never properly voted to begin with. The other candidates are off and running.
I do not see a problem here. Our bishops should be glad that they have been given more authority in the process instead of just occupying a ceremonial role.

Kevin 75 days ago

One problem

"“The District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Board of Ordained Ministry shall not approve or recommend any person for candidacy, licensing, commissioning, or ordination..."

But, you say, what if they do?

Then it falls to the Bishop...

If the Bishop turns a blind eye?

Sure, the Bishop can be reprimanded, I suppose. I think there's even a 'forced leave' category, though I'm not sure that one passed Constitutional muster.

JR 70 days ago

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