Petition 81367

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Pastoral Discernment (81367-MH-¶340.2a3)

Amend ¶340.2a3 as follows:
  
¶ 340.2[a]3  To encourage people baptized in infancy or early childhood to make their profession of faith, after instruction and subject to the pastor in charge’s discernment of readiness to assume the vows of membership, so that they might become professing members of the church.

Rationale

Historically, the pastor has prepared persons for the vows of membership and discerned their readiness to assume them.  Readiness includes willingness to assume the responsibilities of church membership.  The pastor is best able to protect the congregants from persons who could harm them or undermine the doctrine and mission of...