That the Assembly
1. determine that at least two thirds of the members present and voting must support the appointment or re-appointment of the General Secretary in order for such a proposal to pass; and
2. determine that for appointments made by the Standing Committee that at least two thirds of the members present and voting must support the appointment or re-appointment of the person in order for such a proposal to pass.
Persons entering into ministry positions benefit from being confident that they have the support of a significant majority of the persons in their appointing body. Being appointed on a 50% plus one does not give this assurance and support to appointees.
While ballots are not a consensus process it nevertheless remains the theological orientation of the church that the higher the levels of consensus the more confidence a community can have that it is discerned the will of God. A higher threshold in voting for senior positions in the Assembly accords with this theological orientation.
The practice of setting a threshold for appointment higher than 50% plus one has been put in place in a number of Synods. The Standing Committee commends adopting a policy in this area rather than having to address the issue every time that a position comes up for appointment.