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Standards for Lay Staff of Local Churches (80509-LC-¶259.2g)

Amend ¶259.2g as follows:
    2.    There shall be elected annually by the charge conference in each local church a committee on pastor-parish relations or staff-parish relations ...
    g)   The duties of the committee shall include the following:
          (1)            ...
                (13)  To ensure, under the supervision of the senior pastor, that all nonappointed personnel whose primary responsibilities include age-level ministry with children, youth, or young adults shall abide by Christian ethic of fidelity in marriage or celibacy in singleness.  
        (13) (14)  To recommend ...
(14) (15)  To educate ...
(15) (16)  Members of ...
(16) (17)  To consult ...

Rationale

Lay staff with pastoral responsibilities should be subject to some of the same basic standards as clergy.  It is especially important for them to provide a good moral example for the young people in a congregation.