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Special Needs Ministry Coordinator (80475-LC-¶254)

Amend ¶254 as follows:
  
254. Other Ministry Group Coordinators-In order to fulfill the mission of the local church, the charge conference may elect annually a coordinator or ministry group chairperson for any or all of these areas: Christian unity and interreligious concerns, church and society, community volunteers, education, evangelism, higher education and campus ministry, missions, prayer advocacy, religion and race, status and role of women, earth advocacy, stewardship, and worship, and special needs ministry.
Where desirable, the charge conference may combine...

Rationale

There are ministries for many groups within each local church, however, people with special needs are typically not being ministered to. A special needs coordinator in each local church would help the church to reach out and to include EVERYONE including those with “special needs”.