Petition 80208

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Limited Sacramental Privilege for Deacons (80208-MH-¶328)

Amend the Book of Discipline ¶328 as follows:
“...in worship, and in assisting the elders in the administration of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper including providing these means of grace as necessary to persons in the deacon’s primary appointment in consultation with the elder in charge but without the presence of the elder; in forming and nurturing disciples;...”

Rationale

Just as John Wesley found it necessary to ordain others, we recognize there are times when the means of grace are necessary but an elder is unavailable.  This would provide greater access to the sacraments and also strengthen ties with other denominations which already have similar provisions in place.