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1.  Can a church member visit people at their home or hospital bed and give that person communion?  2.  If taking a vote on a decision for the future of the church can any church member vote even if they have not attended the church in the past 5 years?  3.  When voting must it be a 2/3's vote or can the end result be by just 1 vote. Meaning must the highest amount be by 2/3's of the voters total or can it be by just 1 vote?  4.  Do you feel it is part of the pastors job to visit the members of his church at their homes and to phone members of the church to invite them to church or see why they are not attending church anymore or is that not something the pastor should be doing?

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Dear Lori:

    A church member can visit people at any time. Lay persons may not consecrate communion elements. The elements must have been consecrated by a pastor during worship before a lay person is authorized to take them to others.

    If the vote on the church's future is at a Charge Conference, only church officers may vote. If it is a Church Conference, all members may vote. The District Superintendent sets the kind of meeting, on the request of the church. If it is a Church Conference, any person on the membership roll may vote, despite attendance record.

    Most votes are by simple majority. The U.M. Disciple/book of rules sets the majority needed.

    Pastors and lay persons cooperate in visiting and inviting/phoning. Most studies show that church members are more effective at invitation.

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The Rev. William E. Olewiler

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United Methodist church structure and doctrine. Science and religion. Christian Education and the Sunday School. Religion and race. Women in the church. United Methodist pastor for 22 years. Member, commissions on Religion and Race and Status and Role of Women. Masters in Divinity and Religious Education.

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Ordained deacon and elder, United Methodist Church. District and conference leadership.

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Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC Master of Arts, Political Science, Brown University, Providence RI Master of Arts, Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York NY Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

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