10. THRESHOLD FOR ASSEMBLY AND STANDING COMMITTEE STAFF APPOINTMENTS (Standing Committee)

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.

Rationale:

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.