Memorial 220

LOCAL CHURCH CONFERENCE RIGHT TO APPROVE ITS DISCONTINUANCE

Whereas, The Discipline gives the district board of administration the right to declare a church as discontinued or abandoned (1233:30; 4730);

Whereas, That right is intended to be limited to cases in which a local church's property is no longer used;

Whereas, There has been some question as to whether paragraph 1233:30 may mean that a district board has a right to declare a church discontinued or abandoned for other reasons;

Whereas, The Discipline gives the local church conference the right to authorize the purchase or sale of its property, upon the recommendation of the local board of administration and subject to the approval of the district board of administration; and

Whereas, Even in the case of a merger between two churches, the local church conference must vote to approve said merger;

Resolved, That paragraph 1233:30, be amended by adding the following sentence to the end of the paragraph: "Any established church that is not under discipline may not be discontinued or abandoned without a corroborating vote of the local church conference." Thus the entire paragraph would read as follows:

(30) To authorize the establishment of a mission (537; 655:15), a developing church (510) and a church (518) and to receive a report from the district superintendent on the effecting of such organizations (520:6); to reclassify an established church as a developing church when its number of covenant members drops to 20 or fewer (518:5); and to declare a church as discontinued or abandoned (1180:24; 4730). Any established church that is not under discipline may not be discontinued or abandoned without a corroborating vote of the local church conference.

COMMITTEE ON MEMORIALS

Wayne A. MacBeth, Secretary

Committee on Memorials

Recommended

General Conference

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