Petition 80451

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Pastor's Decision on Membership (80451-MH-¶340.3a)

Amend ¶340.3 a) of the 2004 Book of Discipline by adding an item as follows:
(5) To counsel any person(s) seeking membership, whether it be by transfer or by confession of faith, as to the importance of the Membership Vows and the Pastor will be the sole decision maker as to their integrity of responding to these vows before membership is granted.

Rationale

Methodism has always preached that since Christ died for all persons, all persons, regardless of race, gender, or economic status, are invited to receive the gospel. Methodism has always believed that the invitation demands a response, and that persons are made new creatures in Christ through repentance and faith, and...