New wrinkle in guaranteed appointments

Supporters of guaranteed appointments for United Methodist clergy have a new reason for hope.

The Rev. L. Fitzgerald “Gere” Reist II, secretary of the General Conference, informed the Council of Bishops late June 11 that the language in the 2012 Book of Discipline “does not eliminate the security of appointment for elders.”

But, other denominational leaders question Reist’s interpretation of what the 2012 General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, accomplished when it met April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Fla.

To read the rest of Heather Hahn’s United Methodist News Service article, click HERE.