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Does a person have to be a member of a local church for at least one year in order to hold office?

¶ 244.3 of the Book of Discipline states that "all persons with vote shall be members of the local church," but there is no stipulation as to how long that membership must be held before assuming office.

Note: An exception would be the lay member of annual conference. ¶ 251.2 states, "Both the lay members and the alternates shall have been professing members in good standing of The United Methodist Church for at least two years and shall have been active participants for at least four years next preceding their election (see ¶ 32), except in a newly organized church, which shall have the privilege of representation at the annual conference session."

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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