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Appointment of Deacons (80315-MH-¶331)

Amend ¶331 as follows:
331. Appointment of Deacons in Full Connection to Various Ministries—1. Deacons in full connection may be appointed to serve as their primary field of service:
a) Through agencies and settings beyond the local church, including ecumenical agencies, that extend the witness and service of Christ’s love and justice in the world by equipping all Christians to fulfill their own calls to Christian service  and connect the church with the most needy, neglected, and, marginalized; or
b) Through United Methodist Church-related agencies, schools, colleges, theological schools, ecumenical agencies  and within the connectional structures of The United Methodist Church; or
c) Within a local congregation, charge, or cooperative parish leading in the congregation’s mission to the world and equipping all Christians to fulfill their own calls to Christian service. or within the connectional structures of The United Methodist Church.

Rationale

To give clarity to the places of appointment of deacons.