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									         BILL NO.

            TITLE     Extension of Episcopal Committee
                      Authority
     REFERENCE        The Book of Discipline the African Methodist
                      Episcopal Church 2008, Part VI, Section
                      III, pages 139, 141, 142; Part VIII,
                      Section I, pages 216-17; Part XI,
                      Section V page 286
          INTENT      To     authorize    the   Episcopal
                      Committee to function in the interim
                      of the General Conference
     RATIONALE The practice of the Council of
               Bishops making assignments when
               there is a vacancy conflicts with the
               authority delegated to the General
               Conference through its Episcopal
               Committee.       This bill will help
               prevent curtail conflicts of interest
               and      strengthen    our     Zion’s
               government.
 1   CURRENT TEXT:

 2   Page 139:

 3   9. The Episcopal Committee, or the Council of Bishops, shall not thereafter assign any

 4   bishop who has reached the age of retirement to preside over or to supervise the work in

 5   any Episcopal district.


 6   Page 141
 7   10. The Council of Bishops shall hear complaints and petitions against any one of its

 8   members, and shall have the authority, by a two thirds vote of the Council of Bishops, to

 9   remove or transfer a bishop from a district, or give such directions as judgment deems

10   best for the good of the church.

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12   Page 142

13   23. Should a vacancy occur in the supervision of an Episcopal District by suspension,

14   resignation, death or otherwise, then the Council of Bishops is authorized to assign one of

15   its number to the said district.

16   24. No assignment shall be made, however, until the members of the said Episcopal

17   district shall have the opportunity to make a request to the Council of Bishops, regarding

18   the assignment.

19   26. The Council of Bishops shall not change the Episcopal Committee’s assignments of

20   bishops, except as herein provided in The Book of Discipline of the African Methodist

21   Episcopal Church

22   Page 216

23   c. Organization

24   From the total number of certified ministerial delegates, a chairperson shall be elected by

25   the General Conference, using voting machines whenever there is more than one

26   candidate for the office. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be one of its elected

27   members. The Chairperson shall assemble the Committee and proceed to elect by ballot

28   the following officers: Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and one person

29   from each Episcopal District for the Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee

30   shall elect by individual ballot, a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and other

31   officers as needed.

32   Page 217

33   f. The Episcopal Committee shall make the assignments of bishops subject to the

34   approval of the General Conference. A bishop may be assigned to succeed himself once,




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35   but in no case shall a bishop be assigned to any District for more than two consecutive

36   quadrennium.

37   Page 286

38   2. Removal from the said episcopal district and reassignment by the Council of Bishops.

39

40   AMENDED TEXT:

41   Page 139:

42   9. The Episcopal Committee shall not thereafter assign any bishop who has reached the

43   age of retirement to preside over or to supervise the work in any Episcopal district. For

44   the purposes of assignment, the Office of Ecumenical and Urban Affairs is considered an

45   Episcopal District.


46    Page 141:

47   10. The Council of Bishops shall hear complaints and petitions against any one of its

48   members. By a two-thirds vote of the Council of Bishops shall recommend to the

49   Episcopal Committee removal or transfer of a bishop from an Episcopal District. The

50   Episcopal Committee is authorized to assign a bishop to said Episcopal District within

51   thirty (30) calendar days of notification from the Council of Bishops.

52   Page 142

53   23. Should a vacancy occur in the supervision of an Episcopal District by suspension,

54   resignation, death or otherwise, then the Episcopal Committee is authorized to reconvene

55   to assign a Bishop to the Episcopal District affected and make necessary reassignments of

56   Bishops for the good of the AME Church within thirty (30) calendar days of notification

57   of said vacancy by the Council of Bishops.


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58   24. No assignment shall be made, however, until the members of the affected Episcopal

59   District shall have the opportunity to make a request to the Episcopal Committee

60   regarding the assignment.

61   26. The Council of Bishops shall not change the Episcopal Committee’s assignments of

62   Bishops.

63   Page 216

64   c. Organization

65   From the total number of certified ministerial delegates, a chairperson shall be elected by

66   the General Conference, using voting machines whenever there is more than one

67   candidate for the office. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be one of its elected

68   members.      Beginning with the 2012-2016 quadrennium, the Episcopal Committee

69   Chairperson may serve only three quadrennials (nonconsecutive or consecutive). The

70   Chairperson shall assemble the Committee and proceed to elect by ballot the following

71   officers: Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and one person from each

72   Episcopal District for the Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee shall elect by

73   individual ballot, a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and other officers as

74   needed. The Episcopal Committee is empowered to create a manual of procedure to be

75   filed with the General Secretary/CIO of the AME Church. All minutes of the Episcopal

76   Committee shall be turned over to the General Secretary/CIO of the AME Church within

77   thirty (30) calendar days of meeting.

78   Page 217

79   f. The Episcopal Committee shall make the assignments of bishops subject to the

80   approval of the General Conference. A bishop may be assigned to succeed themselves




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81   once, but in no case shall a bishop be assigned to any District for more than two

82   consecutive quadrennials. A bishop assigned to complete the unexpired assignment of

83   another bishop may only succeed themselves once in the same Episcopal District.

84   In the interim of the General Conferences the members of the Episcopal Committee shall

85   constitute a continuing committee charged with the responsibilities of making Episcopal

86   assignments as required due to the death or incapacity of an active bishop(s). Expenses

87   for the Episcopal Committee shall be provisioned by the Treasurer/CFO of the AME

88   Church from the General Budget Fund in accordance with existing policies and

89   procedures.

90   Page 286

91   Removal from the affected Episcopal district and reassignment by the Episcopal

92   Committee.

93

94   Financial Implications: Potential impact only in the rare circumstances should a vacancy

95   occur in the supervision of an Episcopal District.

96

97   Submitted by Ametta Reaves, 3rd Episcopal District and

98   John Thomas III, 13th Episcopal District




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