APPEAL FROM DISTRICT BOARD ACTION
Section 1. District Board Action.
1. The District Board may request a meeting with any minister to discuss matters of ministerial and district concerns.
2. The District Superintendent and the presbyters are encouraged to communicate and counsel privately with a minister about whom questions have surfaced in an attempt to clear any misunderstanding and resolve any problems without board action. Our first obligation is to create a Christian atmosphere in which misunderstandings and problems can be cleared and resolved by brotherly love and concern.
Section 2. District Board Procedure.
1. The District Board may summon a minister for alleged failure to comply with the ministerial obligations as described in the General Constitution of the United Pentecostal Church International. When a minister is summoned to appear before the board he or she has the right to have two (2) counselors to appear with him or her.
2. The District Board may be the district of the minister or the district in which the failure or violation allegedly occurred.
3. The summons shall be by official notice. (See Article I, Section 1, Paragraph 6.)
4. The summons shall cite the alleged violation and give the place, date, and time the summoned minister is to meet with the District Board. Failure to comply with the summons may result in the minister being dropped from the ministry of the organization.
5. If the District Board determines that the minister has violated one of his or her obligations, it may recommend to the credentials committee that the minister be dropped, or it may take other appropriate disciplinary action.
Section 3. Appeal.
1. The minister may appeal being dropped or other disciplinary action to the ministers appeal council. Such appeal must be made by official notice to the regional presiding officer within twenty (20) days after the minister has received the decision of the District Board.
2. The regional presiding officer shall deliver a copy of the appeal to the District Superintendent by official notice.
3. The regional presiding officer shall set the place, date, and time for the meeting of the ministers appeal council to review the appeal, notifying the members of the council, the minister making the appeal, and the District Superintendent. He or she shall also appoint a member of the council to serve as recording secretary.
4. The ministers appeal council may review the district and other records pertaining to the case. The minister making the appeal, his or her counselors, a representative from the District Board, and counselors for the board shall have the right to appear before the council to present their case.
5. After examining the appeal, the ministers appeal council may:
(a) Sustain the District Board's action.
(b) Reverse the District Board's action.
(c) Modify the discipline if it determines that the discipline is inappropriate for the infraction. In this case, the ministers appeal council may alter the discipline, impose a different discipline, or remand the case to the District Board with guidelines for an acceptable discipline.
6. Within ten (10) days after the council reaches a decision, the regional presiding officer shall communicate the decision by official notice to the minister who has appealed and to the District Board.
The above is part of the judicial procedure of the United Pentecostal Church International and is provided for informational purposes.