This morning General Conference voted to strike language in the discipline guaranteeing appointments for “all elders in full connection who are in good standing.”
The petition was passed without any discussion on the floor…
I’ve been having long discussions with my seminarian roommate the last few nights about the pros and cons of doing away with guaranteed appointments. Apparently, the official decision making body of our denomination didn’t deem even a few questions necessary. I admit that I’m being a tad facetious given that it did make the consent calendar from the legislative committee. I still have to question how something that has been such a defining part of the way we do ministry was simply done away with before many knew what was happening.
Immediately the Twitter world went crazy. Was everyone on the floor still asleep or did they just not care that much?
I’m not saying that I don’t support the legislation. Honestly, I’m not sure how to feel about it. I worry about the appointments of many women, minorities and progressive clergy. On the other hand, I also worry about the ineffectiveness of some of our pastors. Then again, how do you measure effectiveness?