UMC study proposes ending 'guaranteed' clergy jobs

A culture of mediocrity
United Methodist clergy have long had the guarantee of paid assignments in a pulpit or other ministries, but an interim study is recommending that the denomination’s 2012 General Conference end the practice, which one study commission member said has led to “a culture of mediocrity” among ministers.

The report, presented to the United Methodist Council of Bishops at its recent spring meeting, recommends that bishops retain their right to appoint clergy to different posts. The Commission to Study the Ministry will not release its final report until sometime next year.

The current understanding for the UMC clergy, called elders, is that they always have a job while they are in good standing—a practice comparable to that of the Catholic Church.


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