Security of Appointment in Effect Says Fitzgerald Reist

Update: United Methodist News Service has posted a more complete article reporting on this situation here:

For readers of this blog who are not United Methodist, this will seem a puzzling post. For United Methodist Clergy it will raise great interest.

Apparently, it is the judgment of The Rev. Fitzgerald Reist, Secretary of General Conference, the governing body of The United Methodist Church, that an action eliminating security of appointment for clergy did not receive the appropriate support through plenary vote at the 2012 General Conference.

This letter from Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of Greater New Jersey is circulating on the Internet advising of this opinion. United Methodist News Service is pursuing the story and will be posting as soon as accurate information can be confirmed.

My posting does not indicate that I am qualified to interpret the legislation as it was presumed to have been voted at General Conference nor that I am in a position to interpret the Book of Disciplne. I am making the information available as it was made available to me.



4 Responses to “Security of Appointment in Effect Says Fitzgerald Reist”

  1. Dave Allen Grady June 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Larry, got a prior source link for this?

    • LHollon June 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      The letter was sent by the Greater New Jersey office of communications. It was first posted by The Rev. Ken Sloane on his Facebook page this morning. Following that, I posted it here. I received the letter via email.

  2. Fitzgerald Reist June 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    The message was intended for the Council of Bishops as an alert to the information. It was a statement about the language that remained in The Book of Discipline 2012 and not a statement of law. Decisions of law are made by Bishops and ultimately by the Judicial Council, not by the secretary of the General Conference. I fully expect that the Judicial Council will decide on the degree to which security of appointment has changed.

  3. Steve Harding October 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Security of appointment is a secular convention for a secular church. In the universal church there is no security of appointment only the walk of faith.

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