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Add a new ¶126 as follows and renumber as appropriate:
  
¶126. The Ministry of the Laity-The ministry of the laity flows from a commitment to Christ's outreaching love. Lay members of The United Methodist Church are, by history and calling, active advocates of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every lay person is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every lay person is called to be missional. The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their own faith experiences of the Gospel is the primary evangelistic ministry through which all people will come to know Christ and The United Methodist Church will fulfill its mission.