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District Witness Ministry Coordinators (80067-CO-¶659)

  We respectfully petition the 2008 General Conference to amend ¶ 659 of The Book of Discipline as indicated:
  ¶ 659. Each district of an annual conference ... of The United Methodist Church. Every board, standing committee, commission, council, and work area of the district shall designate one of its members as its coordinator of witness ministries. These persons shall help the groups of which they are members to engage in witness ministries and, in particular, to ask, “How are we intentionally reaching new people for Jesus Christ through our ministries?” and “How are we helping new people grow and mature as disciples of Jesus Christ through our ministries and areas of responsibility?”
  

Rationale

Christ’s Great Commission declares that we are to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you...” (Matthew 28:19-20a). The Book of Discipline...