“Desires” Is Aspirational and Not a Requirement
Central Texas Conference passed a resolution against the TP legislation now in the Discipline that the bishop ruled in a question law as aspirational. The Council supported the bishop.
What makes this case unique is not that the word “desires” is understood as aspirational, though other conferences may now wish to use this term. What is really important is that Central Texas is asking that for all trials, the actual costs are reported.
That is unique in the United Methodist Church. Even GCFA has not had to be open about just how much church trials have cost. No other annual conference to my knowledge has actually published the costs of its church trials. There are many estimates floating around and I have a list of what conference funds would need to cover. $100,000 is not an inappropriate amount when all of the costs are estimated. And this does not include what a pastor pays to defend himself/herself in a trial.
I hope this decision will lead to more transparency about what the Church spends to put its pastors in trial.