Laypersons serving in leadership roles are held to a high standard. When misconduct occurs, the impact is often very serious. An individual guilty of sexual misconduct involving minors should not be permitted to serve in any position of responsibility for or ministry with minors, or be elected or appointed to any leadership role in the local church. A minor is defined as any human being under the age of 18, unless the age of majority is attained later under a state’s or country’s own domestic legislation. (503.1)