Weekly Question: Is Tenure a Good Thing or Bad Thing?

Recently the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to end Guaranteed Appointment for clergy.  GA works much like tenure for college professors, and the debate of its worth mirrors the back-and-forth that surrounds tenure.  On one hand, tenure and GA provides the kind of job security that would allow one to explore new horizons with little fear of backlash from the status quo.  They also have been needed for minorities and women who otherwise would be under greater scrutiny from those unwilling to embrace equality.  However, GA and tenure in their worst moments have helped to stabilize under-achievement -those barely willing to increase personal effectiveness or even work full-time.  Understanding both sides, which do you fall on?

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