An illustration of an exercise in missing the point:
A certain United Methodist Deacon has spent untold hours working with a variety of folk who are seriously incensed at the possibility of Deacons and Elders wearing stoles the same way in worship services at Annual Conference.
Even if someone could show me something more authoritative than “It is recommended that…'” I really cannot see why this question is more than a topic of discussion.
SO, while The United Methodist Church imagines no malaria and tries to incorporate Business School modeling into ministry, we also waste valuable energy debating how stoles ought to be worn by whom.
Can we rethink this?