That the Assembly
authorise the Assembly Standing Committee, on the advice of the Legal Reference Committee, to amend Regulation 2.10.3(b) in the following terms:
2.10.3 The recognition of a Minister may be withdrawn by the Synod by reason of:
(b) continuing in the designation of awaiting placement or not available for placement for more than two years unless the Placements Committee and the Presbytery both agree, by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting, that there are circumstances which warrant the extension of the term by a further year.
This proposal aims to remove the anomaly that recognition of a Minister may be withdrawn if they have been designated awaiting placement for more than two years but there is no process for the removal of recognition for those designated as not being available for placement. The designation ‘not available for placement’ is a category used when there are concerns about a person’s ministry practice. The designation ‘leave of absence’ is available if a minister is ill, studying or on family leave.
It is difficult to think of any reason why it should be easier for a Minister awaiting placement to have recognition withdrawn than for it to happen to a Minister not available for placement.
This change can be effected by inserting the extra words or not available for placement in the existing clause.