Petition 81441

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Pastor's Duty (81441-MH-¶340.3a)

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To work with prospective members interpreting the vows of membership (¶217.1-7) and to discern readiness for membership, consulting with key leaders in the church as needed.  To the pastor is given the authority to determine readiness for membership, in keeping with our commitment to be an inclusive church.

Rationale

Our church needs to decide who has the authority to decide who is ready for membership and who is not. Clarity is better than ambiguity.  Yet pastors should turn to the discernment of others when needed.  The vows should be taken seriously and in keeping with our traditions and practices.