2016 Wesleyan Discipline: 5279
5279. If the accused is a general official, an area representative of the General Board, or a district superintendent, any accusation alleging an offense set forth in 5010 shall be submitted in writing (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:5022) to the General Superintendent and must be sustained by at least three lay covenant members or ministers of The Wesleyan Church. The General Superintendent shall make inquiry as required in 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:5012. If a hearing is necessary, the General Board may appoint or authorize its Executive Board to appoint a general judicial committee, with the chair appointed by the General Superintendent. A two-thirds majority vote of all members of the general judicial committee shall be required for a verdict of guilty. The General Board shall determine the discipline (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:5023; 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:5212), which may take the form of admonition, rebuke, suspension, removal or dismissal, and said board may also require apology or restitution. Whenever it is deemed necessary, the General Board may remove a general official elected by the General Conference, an area representative of the General Board or a district superintendent from office by a two-thirds majority vote of all its members (Disc. 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:1655:40a), and by a similar two-thirds majority vote of all its members may remove such a person from the ministry and/or dismiss such a person from covenant membership. In the matter of a general official elected by the General Board, a majority of all the members of the General Board is required to remove such a person from office (Disc. 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:1830), but a two-thirds majority vote of all members of the General Board would be required to remove such a person from the ministry and/or dismiss such a person from covenant membership. An appeal on the removal from the ministry or dismissal from covenant membership can be taken to the General Board of Review (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:5445:5).