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Outreach for People with Special Needs (80500-LC-¶252.2b)

Amend ¶252.2b as follows:

b) The outreach ministries of the church shall give attention to local and larger community ministries of compassion, justice, and advocacy. These ministries include church and society, global ministries, higher education and campus ministry, health and welfare, Christian unity and interreligious concerns, religion and race, and the status and role of women.  In order to reach out and advocate for people with special needs, each local church shall elect a Special Needs Ministry Coordinator.

Rationale

As we reach out in the local and the larger community with ministries of compassion, justice, and advocacy, it is imperative that we remember people in our communities who have special needs. A Special Needs Coordinator” in EVERY church would ensure that EVERY door is open for EVERY person.