Petition 81521

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Community as Function of Church (81521-LC-¶202)

In ¶ 202 amend the fourth sentence as follows:
The function of the local church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is to help people to accept and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to live their lives in light of their relationship with God .  and to promote a caring community for all members who wish to contribute and participate while growing in their faith.

Rationale

In order to uphold the United Methodist statement of open hearts, open minds, open doors it is imperative that the church’s main goals include advancing the teachings of Christ within a productive faith-based community. Though this idea may be implied, we believe that it must be an intentional part of...