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The UMCMA Coordinating Committee submitted six (6) petitions to General Conference related to collegiate ministry.

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Below is a summary of all six petitions:

Petition 1: “Campus” to “Collegiate” Name Change

Discipline Para: 232: The need for a more inclusive term than campus ministry to represent the fullness of the Church’s ministry with students. The phrase collegiate ministry is a term that fully includes campus ministries [Wesley Foundations and the like], college/university chaplains, ecumenical ministries, and church-based ministry with college students.

Petition 2: Campus Ministry Serves All Connected to the Local Church

Discipline Para 232: Asks pastors to submit contact information for all individuals from the local church attending colleges and universities, not just baptized and professing members.

Petition 3: Changing “Address” to “Contact Information”

Discipline Para 247.16: In this day and age, addresses are not always the most useful way to contact individuals, this change provides for a broader means to contact students. The responsibility for sending this information was not clear, this addition provides clarity about whose responsibility it is to ensure this information is handled properly.

Petition 4: Including Chaplains in Reporting

Discipline Para 254: Chaplains, no less than Wesley Foundation Directors should receive college student contact information from local churches.

Petition 5: Collegiate Ministry Approved for Provisional Members

Discipline Para 326.2: Ministries that provide opportunities for the regular proclamation of the word, the administration of the sacraments and the ordering of the life of the community should be fully considered as a valid appointment for provisional elders. The nature of collegiate ministry provides for all of these opportunities.

Petition 6: Collegiate Ministry Counts Toward Full Connection and Ordination as Elder

Discipline Para 335: Ministries that provide opportunities for the regular proclamation of the word, the administration of the sacraments and the ordering of the life of the community should be fully considered as a valid appointment for provisional elders. The nature of collegiate ministry provides for all of these opportunities.

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