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Definition of Local Church (80173-LC-¶201)

Amend ¶ 201 as follows:
¶201. Definition of a Local Church -  The local church organized within the bounds of a pastoral charge provides the most significant arena though which disciple-making occurs. . . .

Rationale

Historically, “Pastoral Charge” is used to connote local churches collaborating in ministry to a region.  Pastoral charges link laity, clergy, and the annual conference in mutual ministry.  Current language disparages congregations in shared ministry. This language places equal emphasis upon the role of charges in facilitating the formation of disciples.