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.