Approved: Amendment to update Ministerial Fellowship Committee Rules

GA delegates voted Sunday afternoon without debate to approve a bylaw change to Sections 4.8 of Article IV and C-10.9 of Article X. These changes reflect new Ministerial Fellowship Committee Rules that eliminated the category of “Associate Ministerial Fellowship.”


The amendment removes one instance of “full or associate” from Section 4.8 b (Delegates), and one of “full” from Section C-10.9 (Pension System).

The updated bylaw text, in which brackets indicate a deletion, reads:

Section 4.8. Delegates.
b) Minister Delegates and Religious Education Director Delegates. Each certified member congregation is also entitled to be represented at each General Assembly by the ordained minister or ministers in [full or associate] ministerial fellowship with the Association settled in such congregation, and by the director or directors of religious education having achieved Credentialed Religious Education – Masters Level status by the Association and employed in such congregation. In addition, each certified member congregation is also entitled to be represented at each General Assembly by any minister emeritus or minister emerita of such congregation in ministerial fellowship with the Association and by any director of religious education emeritus or emerita having achieved Credentialed Religious Education – Masters Level status by the Association designated as such by a vote at a meeting of the member congregation not less than six months prior to the General Assembly, provided that any such minister has been settled previously in such congregation, and any such director of religious education who has been previously employed in such congregation.

Section C-10.9. Pension System.
The Association shall establish and maintain a pension system for ministers in [full] fellowship with the Association.

The complete list of this year’s proposed bylaw amendments is available online as a PDF.

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