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Pastoral Oversight (81270-LC-¶217)

    Add new sub-paragraph after ¶217, point 7.:  As administrative officer of the local church, the appointed pastor in charge has the unique duty and responsibility to exercise responsible pastoral judgment in determining who is ready and able to meet the requirements of membership vows as contained in the Discipline, and who may be received into the membership of the local church.
    

Rationale

    New members of whatever age take vows in joining the church that require instruction and interpretation.  As “administrative officer of the local church” [¶340.3a)], responsible for “ordering the life of the congregation” [¶340.4.b)], the pastor is in the best position to oversee new members’ readiness to take those membership vows.