To commission or register for one year those persons deemed qualified for the roles of ministry named and defined in paragraphs 505–528.2 upon favorable recommendation of the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry.
To elect, by two-thirds favorable vote, by ballot, an elder to the office of district superintendent, to serve until 30 days following the final adjournment of the second district assembly following his or her election and until a successor is elected or appointed and qualified. The procedure for reelection of a district superintendent shall be by a “yes” or “no” ballot vote. No elder shall be considered eligible for election to this office who has at any time surrendered his or her credential for disciplinary reasons. No superintendent shall be elected or reelected following his or her 70th birthday.
After a district superintendent of a Phase 2 or Phase 3 district has served a district for at least two assembly years, the district assembly may reelect said superintendent for a period of four years subject to the approval of the general superintendent in jurisdiction. The procedure for election to an extended term of office shall be by a two-thirds favorable “yes” or “no” ballot. (200.2)
In case the general superintendent and the District Advisory Committee (DAC), shall be of the opinion that the services of the district superintendent should not continue beyond the current year, the general superintendent having jurisdiction and the DAC may order the question submitted for a vote of the district assembly. The question shall be submitted in the following form: “Shall the present district superintendent be continued in office beyond this district assembly?”
If the district assembly, by a two-thirds vote by ballot, decides to continue the district superintendent in office, he or she shall continue to serve as though such vote had not been taken.
If, however, the district assembly fails to decide by such vote to continue the district superintendent in office, his or her term of office shall terminate 30–180 days following the close of that district assembly, with the date to be determined by the general superintendent in jurisdiction in consultation with the DAC. (206.2, 208, 239)
To elect, by ballot, up to three assigned ordained ministers and up to three laypersons to the District Advisory Board, to serve for a term not to exceed four years, as determined by the district assembly, and until their successors are elected and qualified.
However, when the district exceeds a total membership of 5,000, it may elect one additional assigned ordained minister and one additional layperson for each successive 2,500 members and the final major part of 2,500 members. (224)
To elect a District Ministerial Credentials Board of not fewer than five assigned ordained ministers, two of whom shall be the district superintendent and the district secretary, if ordained, to serve for four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. A district secretary who is a layperson serves as a non-voting member of the board. This board shall meet prior to the district assembly to consider all matters subject to its authority and, insofar as is possible, to complete its work prior to the district assembly. (229–231.10)
To facilitate its efforts to prepare candidates for ordination and provide support and clergy development opportunities for its ministers, a district may elect the total number necessary to serve on both the District Ministerial Credentials Board and the District Ministerial Studies Board as a District Board of Ministry. Those ministers elected shall serve for four years.
The District Board of Ministry, with the district superintendent as ex-officio chairperson shall organize the District Board of Ministry to carry out all the duties and responsibilities of the District Ministerial Credentials Board and of the District Ministerial Studies Board. (216, 229–234.4)
To elect at its discretion either or both of the following:
- A District Evangelism Board of no fewer than six members including the district superintendent,
- A district director of evangelism.