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Standards for Lay Staff (81274-LC-¶259.2g)

Amend ¶259.2g as follows:
    2.    There shall be elected annually by the charge conference in each local church a committee on pastor-parish relations or staff-parish relations ...
    g)   The duties of the committee shall include the following:
          (1)            ...
                (13)  To ensure, under the supervision of the senior pastor, that all lay staff members of the congregation are personally committed to the ethic of fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness.
        (13) (14)  To recommend ...
(14) (15)  To educate ...
(15) (16)  Members of ...
(16) (17)  To consult ...

Rationale

This is important for the General Conference truly expressing our teaching for the whole Church.  This biblical teaching (¶ 304.2) applies no less to laypeople than for clergy.  The Discipline currently contains relatively few standards for non-clergy church staff.