Orientation includes changes for district superintendents

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. -- Bishops or district superintendents can initiate part-time appointments for clergy, and annual conferences can choose not to pay pension benefits for part-time clergy under legislation passed by General Conference 2012. 

"Our proposal to General Conference removed pension benefits for quarter-time clergy. General Conference apparently felt that we did not go far enough and made pension benefits mandatory only for full-time clergy," said Dale Jones, managing director of Education and Plan Sponsor Relations, General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. 

Staff from United Methodist boards and agencies discussed General Conference 2012 legislation that affects the work of district superintendents and directors of connectional ministries Wednesday morning during the orientation for new DSes and DCMs at Lake Junaluska, N.C. The orientation is sponsored each year by the Council of Bishops, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and the General Board of Discipleship. This year, 64 new district superintendents and four new directors of connectional ministry are attending. 

The Rev. Gwen Purushotham, associate general secretary of GBHEM's Division of Ordained Ministry, and Jones both spoke about legislation revising the specific responsibilities for DSes listed in The Book of Discipline.

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