It’s a sad day for United Methodists (who aren’t very united or Methodist anymore). The Judicial Council has failed to uphold the decision of the General Conference to end the long-standing guaranteed appointment for United Methodist clergy. Only fools would make a decision to keep such a debilitating practice. No one should be guaranteed a job for life, no matter how effective they are. It’s just plain stupid. It took great courage for the General Conference to vote to end the practice. It’s not easy asking people to vote themselves out of a possible job, but they did. My hat is off to the delegates of the General Conference for their courage. For the life of me, I simply can’t fathom making this decision.
We Shot Ourselves in the Foot – Again
About the Author: Bill Easum
Bill Easum is the founder of The Effective Church Group. Author of 30+ books and the recipient of the prestigious Donald McGavran award for church leadership, Bill retired in 2019, but continues to share his insights with the Effective Church Group's team.