Some of the hoopla around guaranteed appointments is around the question – How do you determine what makes for an effective clergy person? That’s easy. Straight from paragraph 340 of the Book of Discipline, an effective clergy person will…
love God and love their neighbor.
preach, teach, lead worship and engage people in witness.
provide spiritual guidance.
marry and bury.
visit people in their homes to provide care.
practice integrity in maintaining confidences.
be responsible for sharing baptism and holy communion.
provide administration for the local church, annual conference and general church.
live as a servant leader.
organize the church to live out their faith in the world.
equip others in the care and spiritual formation of others.
work for unity in the church.
If a clergy person is gifted and effective in these things, there will be clear evidence in the church.
A clergy person with evidence of gifts and effectiveness will continue to be appointed regardless of her or his appointment being guaranteed.