The person who has authority to respond is determined by the position within the church of the individual or individuals who may be involved in misconduct as follows:
|Person Implicated||Person with Authority to Respond|
|Nonmember||Pastor of local church where the conduct in question takes place.|
|Layperson||Pastor of church where layperson is a member.|
|Member of the clergy||District superintendent where the person implicated is a member or the pastor of the local church where the person is on staff.|
|District superintendent||General superintendent in jurisdiction|
|Not otherwise defined||General secretary|
The person with authority to respond should also in a timely manner notify respective persons in leadership at the district, field, regional, and/or global dimensions about the accusations. The person with authority to respond may enlist the help of others in any fact-finding or response.