A retired minister is one who has been placed in the retired relation by the district assembly in which he or she holds ministerial membership, upon recommendation by the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry. Any change in status must be approved by the district assembly, upon recommendation by the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry.
Retirement shall not compel cessation from ministerial labors or in itself deprive of membership in the district assembly. A minister who was serving in an “assigned” role at the time of requesting retired relation or at the age for normal retirement may be placed in a “retired assigned” relation. A “retired assigned” minister is a member of the district assembly. However, a minister in an “unassigned” status in either of the above situations will be placed in a “retired unassigned” relation. A “retired unassigned” minister is not a member of the district assembly. (201, 538.9)
Retired ministers (assigned or unassigned) remain obligated to report annually to the district assembly. In the case of retired ministers who are unable to report due to limitations beyond their control, the district assembly may, upon recommendation of the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry, grant “exempt” status to such a minister, thus perpetually fulfilling the obligation of annual reporting. (538.9)