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Organization of the United Methodist Church, 2009-2012

ISBN-10: 1426707908
ISBN-13: 9781426707902
Edition: 2009
Authors: Jack M. Tuell
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 2/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

An indispensable guide for all United Methodists-especially pastors, lay leaders, church council members, confirmation and new member candidates and their instructors, and seminarians-this book is presented in a practical, down-to-earth manner for easy use by both individuals and classes, clergy and lay. It highlights the functions and connectional relationships within the organization, beginning with the local church and continuing through connectional organs in districts, annual conferences and their agencies, jurisdictional conferences and their agencies, the General Conference, the general agencies of the Church, and the Judicial Council.Bishop Tuell discusses the Church's unique polity and gives a frank assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. At the same time he paints the image of a worldwide connectional communion that is organized to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and to bear witness to its Wesleyan heritage.

Preface
Foundations: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 1-104)
Historical Origins
Theological Affirmations
The Constitution
Doctrinal Statements, the General Rules, and Social Principles
The Discipline
The Ministry Of All Christians: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 120-66)
The Local Church: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 201-70)
Definitions
The Meaning of Church Membership
How New Churches Are Started
How Churches Are Governed
The Ministry of the Ordained: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 301-66)
Major Changes
The Order of Deacon
The Order of Elder
Qualifications and Training
Relationship to the Annual Conference
The Pastor's Job Description
Other Tasks of Ordained Elders
Other Ministerial Relationships and Termination Procedures
The Superintendency: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 401-35)
The Nature of Superintendence
The District Superintendent
The Episcopacy
Accountability of Bishop and District Superintendent
The Conferences: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 501-666)
The General Conference
Organization and Affiliation Outside the United States
The Jurisdictional Conference
The Annual Conference
The Charge Conference
Administrative Order: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 701-2405)<p>1292</p>
Church Property: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 2501-52)
The Trust Clause
Compliance with Local Law
Property of General Conference, Annual Conferences, and Districts
Local Church Property and Building Procedures
Church Institutions
Judicial Administration: (The Book of Discipline, Pars. 2601-2719)
The Judicial Council
Trial Procedures
Conclusion
Appendix Incompatibility Clause
Index

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