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Pastoral Oversight (81279-MH-¶340.3a)

    Add new sub-paragraph ¶340.3.a) (5): To exercise responsible pastoral judgment in determining who may be received into the membership of the local church.
    

Rationale

    This clarifies an ‘order’ responsibility of pastors.  Because the pastor is the “administrative officer of the local church” [¶340.3a)], who gives “diligent pastoral leadership in ordering the life of the congregation” [¶340.4.b)], this clarifies that the pastor is responsible for overseeing the readiness of new members to join the church.