Last Minitue Pleas For GC2000 Petitions
Below is the petition about the Evangelical Missionary Conference (EMC) that most of you received a few days ago. It has been sent to the Petitions Secretary to be included in the book for the delegates for action by General Conf. next year.
If you agree with the thrust of this proposal, I am suggesting that you also send it in over your own name and/or with the support of your church. This will be evidence that there is wide support than just two individuals.
Remember that sending it by hard copy it must be postmarked no later than Dec. 3. Sheila McGee Petitions Secretary P.O. Box 801 Nashville, TN 37202
Or you can send it by email: email@example.com
Thank you for your support.
Dr. Ronald A. Greilich Clovis, CA
PETITION TO 2000 GENERAL CONFERENCE THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PROPOSED ACTION That the General Conference of the United Methodist Church establish an Evangelical Missionary Conference in the Western Jurisdiction.
1. The heritage, as well as the future of the United Methodist Church relies on the strength of the United Methodist connectional system. Evangelical United Methodists in the Western Jurisdiction observe that the leadership and many of the clergy of their Annual Conferences have broken faith with United Methodists worldwide. In several Western Jurisdiction Annual Conferences there is no longer trust that the will of the United Methodist Church, as expressed by the General Conference, will be followed. The Discipline of our church has been ignored and its authority flouted. One pastor publicly proclaims that her church has been blessing gay holy unions for decades, and another said he has lost count of how many he has performed. All this has been done with seeming impunity and even with the tacit approval of the Bishop and Conference leadership.
Since 1972 the General Conference has consistently spoken in clear terms that homosexual practice is not compatible with Christian teaching, yet many clergy in the Western Jurisdiction Annual Conferences continue to bless what the General Conference does not condone.
2. Evangelical United Methodists in the Western Jurisdiction have consistently supported the connection and The Book of Discipline and have often been excluded from full participation in the life of their Annual Conferences. Although there are capable and competent evangelical pastors in these annual conferences they have, by and large, been excluded from key leadership positions, such as the district superintendency and other key leadership appointments. (In some Annual Conferences there has not been an evangelical district superintendent in 40 years or more.) Appointments to extension ministries which have been sought by evangelicals have been consistently denied. At least two pastors in one Annual Conference [California/Nevada] requested such appointments and were denied by the Bishop, even though the clergy session of that Annual Conference overwhelmingly agreed with the request as an approved site for United Methodist ministry. That same Annual Conference, in that same appointment year, had pastors appointed to extension ministries serving as an elementary school teacher, a financial services representative, a psychodramatist, a president of a sex institute, and a political science instructor, just to name a few. These extension ministries were considered "to be a true extension of the Christian ministry of the church." (x335.1.d) Evangelicals have been consistently excluded from leadership positions even as annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction have touted the virtues of "inclusion and tolerance" as the dominant values of Methodism. Inclusion and tolerance are held as values of United Methodism, and The Book of Discipline says, "We proclaim no personal gospel that fails to express itself in relevant social concerns; we proclaim no social gospel that does not include the personal transformation of sinners." Nevertheless, evangelicals, who support these values and uphold a scriptural Christianity, that emphasizes repentance and turning from sin, as well as God's grace offered to all, have often been marginalized in the life of these annual conferences. The deep desire to continue ministry in the traditional Wesleyan and evangelical tradition motivates us to bring the Evangelical Missionary Conference before the General Conference for approval. Evangelicals in the Western Jurisdiction simply wish to find a way to rejoin the United Methodist Church and minister in a conference that upholds Scripture and The Book of Discipline.
1. The Evangelical Missionary Conference will be created in the Western Jurisdiction.
2. The Evangelical Missionary Conference will be supportive of the connectional mission of the United Methodist Church.
3. A bishop will be assigned by the Western Jurisdiction's College of Bishops to provide episcopal supervision as prescribed by the The Book of Discipline (x559.1)
4. The organization, membership and relationship of the Evangelical Missionary Conference shall be consistent with the polity and provisions of The Book of Discipline as stated in x558, x559, x560, x561, x12 and x21, x22, x23. 5. The Evangelical Missionary Conference shall comply with the disciplinary provisions of inclusiveness as provided in x117 and other similar references.
1. Organization of the Evangelical Missionary Conference will follow the process of organizing an annual conference (x607).
ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE THE CABINET
1. The cabinet shall be composed of the bishop and the district superintendent(s) (x660.1).
2. The conference budget shall cover the expenses of the district superintendent(s), including office expense and the portion of the episcopal expenses assigned to the Evangelical Missionary Conference.
3. In the selection of district superintendents due consideration shall be given to inclusiveness (x517).
THE BASIC STRUCTURES The basic structures shall include a Council on Finance and Administration, Trustees, Board of Ordained Ministry, and other administrative and program agencies as required by the Discipline, and as the Missionary Conference may decide.
CONNECTIONAL RELATIONS The General Board of Global Ministries shall encourage and support the Evangelical Missionary Conference according to the provisions of the Book of Discipline (x558-561)
THE PLAN During the Annual Conference session of May-June 2000 each Annual Conference in the Western Jurisdiction shall make it known to all of its churches and pastors that an Evangelical Missionary Conference (EMC) is being formed in the Western Jurisdiction. During the 2000 - 2001 Conference year churches and pastors will have the opportunity to pray, discuss and choose whether or not they will be part of the Evangelical Missionary Conference. In the Fall of 2001 the Evangelical Missionary Conference may hold its organizing conference. The Evangelical Missionary Conference shall hold its first regular session in June of 2002 according to the provisions of the Book of Discipline. At this time a plan and goals for the balance of the quadrennium may be adopted.
FINANCES The number of pastors and churches who might join the Evangelical Missionary Conference is not known at this time. However, as time passes more interest in being part of such a conference is being expressed. The figures below are very general and will be subject to adjustment after consultation with the General Board of Global Ministries. It is anticipated that substantial General Board support will be needed during the first several years on a decreasing basis.
Bishop's salary and administrative expenses (?)
New Church Development Fund $350,000
Grand Total Direct Expenditures $623,000
Insurance and Pension Insurance and pension will be provided according to the provisions of the 2000 Book of Discipline.
Rev. Ronald Greilich, Elder California-Nevada Annual Conference
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