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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Recommendation to Remove "Fidelity and Chastity" Paragraph

I just read a tweet from someone sitting in the Church Orders and Ministry Committee, reporting that the committee voted to recommend the replacement of G-6.0106b (the "fidelity and chastity" paragraph in the Book of Order) with new material that may be found here.

The new section would read:
"Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (G-1.0000). The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.14.0240; G-14.0450) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates."

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