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Responsibilities of District Superintendents (80352-SU-¶419)

Amend ¶ No. 419  
The district superintendent shall oversee the total ministry of the clergy and of the churches in the communities of the district in their missions of witness and service in the world: (a) by giving priority to the scheduling of time and effort for spiritual leadership, pastoral support, supervision, and encouragement to the clergy and to the churches of the district; (b) by encouraging their personal, spiritual, and professional growth; (c) by encouraging their personal commitment to the mandate of inclusiveness in the life of the church; (d) by promoting, supporting, and modeling generous Christian giving, with special attention to teaching the Biblical principles of giving;  (e) by nominating persons to serve as guides for the ministry inquiring process; ( e f) by nominating clergy in full connection to serve in the ministry of mentoring candidates, commissioned ministers, local pastors and other probationary members; ...

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It is important that all levels of the superintendency actively make giving a part of their personal ministry and teaching in support of Christian discipleship in the clergy and lay members in their districts.