Equip the saints for the work of the ministry.


Administer the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism. The Lord’s Supper should be administered at least once a quarter. Pastors are encouraged to move toward a more frequent celebration of this means of grace. A district licensed minister who has not complied fully with the provisions of paragraph 532.7 shall arrange for the administration of the sacrament by an ordained minister. A local licensed minister shall not be eligible to administer the sacraments of baptism or the Lord’s Supper. Consideration should be given for extending the Lord’s Supper to homebound persons, under supervision of the pastor. (531.7, 700)


Care for the people by pastoral visitation, particularly the sick and needy.


Comfort those who mourn.


Correct, rebuke, and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction.


Give due care to matters relating to solemnizing marriages. Pastors shall convey the sacredness of Christian marriage through careful attention to their own marital state, through all forms of communication, through ministering to others, and through premarital counseling and solemnizing the marriage ceremony. (538.19)


Nurture the call people feel toward Christian ministry and mentor such persons, guiding them toward appropriate preparation for ministry.