POLICIES OF THE PCC-DIVISION OF THE ORDAINED MINISTRY

Philippines  Central Conference

Division of the Ordained Ministry

 

The Coordinating Council meeting in Tagaytay city  Nov. 28-30,  approved the following recommendations of  the Division of the Ordained Ministry. It now becomes a policy of the PCC to be implemented by the Board of Ordained Ministry in the annual conferences.

 

The Policies are:

 

1.      Local Pastors and clergy on probation should undergo psychological examination;

2.      Ordained Elders who are in active duty in the ministry are requested to undergo continuing education or refresher courses;

3.      No pastors should be admitted to enroll in any  United Methodist Theological Schools recognized by the University Senate without proper endorsement from the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Annual Conference;

4.      All workers who wish to serve or transfer other annual conferences should have a clearance from the BOOM of his/Her annual conference for record purposes, and to minimize any issues and challenges for the receiving conference;  

5.      The Division of the Ordained Ministry shall withdraw support from and deny recognition to any seminary that accepts student pastors without proper endorsement from the Board of Ordained Ministry;

6.      Pastor who decide to proceed to the Master of Theology or enroll in doctoral degree programs must first apply to and be given permission by the Board of ordained Ministry;

7.      The character of pastors who deliberately and disrespectfully refuse to submit themselves to the authority of the Board of Ordained Ministry in accordance with the UMC Book of Discipline will not be passed;

8.      Complaints against pastors should first be subject to pastoral and supervisory response. In case the complaint involves the church appointment of clergy members, this is done  in consultation and coordination with the Committee on Pastor Parish Relations. Due process in accordance with the UMC Book of Discipline should be observed.

9.      Clergy who leave their church appointments for more than six (6) days are required to accomplish a Leave of Absence Form duly approved by the District Superintendent;

10.  Simplified process in the progress requirements of the following:

Status

Requirement/s

Number of years

Candidate to the  Ministry

Certified lay speaker

1

Local Pastor

Basic Course of Study

2

Provisional Members

Full-time Episcopal Appointment

2

 

Advanced Course of Study

2

Elder or Deacon

Full-time Episcopal Appointment

2

 

 

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