Connectional Accountability

Elders in Extension Ministry: Connectional Accountability

In addition to the accountability structure within the extension ministry setting itself, clergy in such appointments are expected to have a charge conference relationship in their home annual conference (¶344.3). If persons are appointed outside the bounds of their home conference, they are expected to hold affiliate charge conference relationships in a United Methodist church in the area where they are living.

Elders in extension ministry appointments must provide an annual report to the bishop, district superintendent, charge conference, and Board of Ordained Ministry. Those appointed outside the bounds of their annual conference must also submit a copy of this report to their affiliate charge conference and the bishop in the area where they are serving. A standardized report form (#2170) is available for use by annual conferences. It is to be supplemented by a narrative report of ministry, along with information regarding continuing education and evaluation.