Petition 80103

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Responsibilities of Elder and Local Pastor (80103-MH-¶340)

Amend ¶340 by addition as follows:
  
Add sub-section f):
    
To determine the eligibility of a candidate for Church Member by profession of faith or transfer from other United Methodist Church’s or from other Christian or non-Christian denominations according to the United Methodist Church’s Baptismal Covenant. If the pastor determines that a candidate for membership is not ready to accept the teachings of the Old and New Testament then the pastor may withhold membership until the candidate can affirm the teaching of the Old and New Testament.

Rationale

The pastors of the local church are in a better position to assist a candidate to determine their readiness for full membership.  Sub-section f) will give the local pastor the authority to make such determination.