Who makes the decision of whether we can replace our pastor?

In The United Methodist Church, clergy appointments are made annually by the bishop, who has the responsibility for setting all the pastoral appointments in the conference. This unique system of assigning clergy dates back to John Wesley. This is not the type of system where the church “calls” or “hires” its pastor.

The pastor parish relations committee consults with the district superintendent and communicates if they desire a change in pastoral leadership. Recommendations of the pastor parish relations committee are advisory only.

Pastors also can indicate whether they wish to stay at their current appointments, wish to move to another appointment, or have no preference. However, they are not assured that they will get their first choice. Pastors in The United Methodist Church agree to serve where called and to accept and abide by the appointments.

Ultimately, it is the bishop who will “fix” or set all of the clergy appointments in the conference.

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Text Source: UMC.org

Image Credit: Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS