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Elders and Local Pastors (80319-MH-¶340)

Amend ¶340 as follows:
¶ 340.
Responsibilities and Duties of Elders and Licensed Pastors
1. The responsibilities of elders  and licensed pastors are derived from the authority given in ordination. Elders have a four-fold ministry of Word, Service, Sacrament, and  Order. and Service within the connection and thus serve in the local church and in extension ministries in witness and service of Christ’s love and justice. the world. Local pastors share with the elders the responsibilities and duties of a pastor for this four-fold ministry.  Elders are authorized to preach and teach the Word, to provide pastoral care and counsel,  to administer the sacraments, and to order the life of the church for service in mission and ministry as pastors, superintendents, and bishops.
2. Local pastors share with the elders the responsibilities and duties of a pastor for this four-fold ministry, within the context of their appointment.

Rationale

To clarify the duties of an elder and the duties of a local pastor.