412. A pastor is a minister who, under the call of God and His people, has the oversight of a local church. A pastor in charge of a local church is an assigned minister. 413. The core duties of a pastor are: 413.1. To pray. 413.2. To preach the Word. 413.3. To equip the saints for the work of the ministry. 413.4. To administer the sacraments. 413.5. To care for the people by pastoral visitation, particularly the sick and needy. 413.6. To comfort those who mourn. 413.7. To correct, rebuke, and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction. 413.8. To seek, by all means, the conversion of sinners, the entire sanctification of the converted, and the upbuilding of God’s people in the most holy faith. 413.9. To administer the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at least once a quarter. Pastors are encouraged to move toward a more frequent celebration of this means of grace. A licensed minister who has not complied fully with the provisions of 429.7 (see also 802) shall arrange for the administration of the sacrament by an ordained minister. Consideration should be given for extending the Lord’s Supper to homebound persons, under supervision of the pastor. 413.10. To nurture the call that people feel toward Christian ministry and to mentor such persons as are called. This shall include guiding them toward appropriate preparation for ministry. 413.11. To fulfill the expectations of God and the Church for a program of lifelong learning. 413.12. To nurture his or her own call through the years of ministry, to maintain a life of personal devotion that enriches his or her own soul, and, if married, to guard the integrity and vitality of that marriage relationship. 414. The administrative duties of a pastor are: 414.1. To receive persons as members of the local church according to 107 and 107.1. 414.2. To have the care of all departments of local church work. 414.3. To appoint the teachers of the Sunday School/Bible studies/small groups in harmony with 145.8. 414.4. To read to the congregation the Constitution of the Church of the Nazarene and the Covenant of Christian Conduct contained in 1-27, 33-39, both inclusive, within each year (114), or have this section of the Manual printed and distributed annually to the members of the church. 414.5. To supervise the preparation of all statistical reports from all departments of the local church, and present promptly all such reports through the district secretary to the district assembly. 414.6. To give leadership to the evangelism, education, devotion, and expansion programs of the local church in harmony with the district and general church promotional goals and programs. 414.7. To submit a report to the annual church meeting, including a report on the status of the local church and its departments, and an outline of areas of future needs with recommendations for reference by the church to any of its officers or departments for study and/or implementation in future steps for growth and progress. 414.8. To appoint an investigating committee of three church members in case of accusation filed against a church member. 414.9. To see that all World Evangelism Fund monies raised through the local NMI are remitted promptly to the general treasurer; and that all District Ministries Fund monies are remitted promptly to the district treasurer. 414.10. To nominate to the church board all persons who are paid employees of the local church, and to have supervision of the same. 414.11. To sign in conjunction with the church secretary all conveyances of real estate, mortgages, releases of mortgages,contracts, and other legal documents not otherwise provided for in the Manual. 414.12. To notify the pastor of the nearest church when a member or friend of a local church or any of its departments moves to another locality in the same assembly district where vital association with the previous local church is impractical, giving the member’s or friend’s address. 414.13. To arrange, together with the church board, according to plans adopted by the General Assembly and agreed to by the district assembly, for the raising of the World Evangelism Fund and District Ministries Fund apportionments made to the local church; and to raise these apportionments. 414.14. The pastor may, when requested by a member, grant a transfer of church membership, a certificate of commendation, or a letter of release. 414.15. The pastor shall be, ex-officio, president of the local church, chairperson of the church board, and a member of all elected and standing boards and committees of the church he or she serves. The pastor shall have access to all records of the local church. 415. The pastor shall have the right to a voice in the nomination of all heads of all departments of the local church, and any Nazarene childcare/school (birth through secondary) organization. 416. The pastor shall not contract bills, create financial obligations, count moneys, or disburse funds for the local church unless authorized and directed by majority vote of the church board or by majority vote of a church meeting; such action, if taken, must be approved in writing by the District Advisory Board and shall be duly recorded in the minutes of the church board or of the church meeting. No pastor or any member of his or her immediate family shall be authorized to sign checks on any church account except upon the written approval of the district superintendent. Immediate family shall include spouse, children, siblings, or parents. 417. The pastor shall always show due regard for the united advice of the district superintendent and the District Advisory Board. 418. In case a licensed or ordained minister presenting a credential from another denomination shall, during the interim of sessions of the district assembly, make application for membership in a local church, the pastor may not receive such applicant without first having obtained the favorable recommendation of the District Advisory Board. 419. For the exercise of this office the pastor shall be amenable to the district assembly, to which he or she shall report annually and give brief testimony to his or her personal Christian experience. 420. The pastor shall automatically become a member of the church of which he or she is pastor; or, in case of more than one church in his or her charge, of the church of his or her choice.