Recently Read: Bishop takes on on-line ordinations

Last week Bishop Peggy Johnson posted an article on her blog addressing concern about UM’s taking advantage of on-line ordinations:

Furthermore, anyone who has an ordination certificate has joined another denomination and is no longer a member of the United Methodist Church.   The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2012) reads as follows:   “If a pastor is informed that a member has without notice united with a church of another denomination, the pastor shall make diligent inquiry and , if the report is confirmed, shall enter “Withdrawn” after the person’s name on the membership roll and shall report the same to the next charge conference.” Paragraph 241.

via Bishop’s Blog: Ordinations online?

You will want to click on the link above to read the full post.

What do you think? Is this a problem that needs to be addressed?

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I know of a UMC pastor whose WIFE chose to be ordained by another denomination. This other denomination had few educational requirements for clergy. At conference events she would present herself as a clergywoman. It was very misleading, and as a clergywoman who went through the entire UMC process, I was quite irritated. I'm not sure she knew that she can no longer claim to be a United Methodist. She was involved in many UMC activities. I am glad this is clarified. It IS an important issue.

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