Polity, Practice, and the Mission of the United Methodist Church 2006

ISBN-10: 0687335310

ISBN-13: 9780687335312

Edition: 2006

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"Commissioned by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for use in United Methodist doctrine/polity/history courses." This in-depth analysis of the connection between United Methodist polity and theology addresses ways in which historical developments have shaped--and continue to shape--the organization of the church. This revised edition incorporates the actions of The United Methodist General Conference, 2004. The book discusses continuing reforms of the church's plan for baptism and church membership, as well as the emergence of deacon's orders and other changes to ordained ministry procedures. The text is now cross-referenced to the Book of Discipline, 2004, including the revised order of disciplinary chapters and paragraph numbering. Denominational statistics are updated, along with references to recent works on The United Methodist Church and American religious life.
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List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 4/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 361
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Foreword: On Learning the Connection
Introduction: The Rhetoric of Crisis and United Methodist Polity
A Rhetoric of Power
Change as Loss
A Broader View of Denominational Change
Outlines of a New Church
A Connection of Vital Congregations
Polity as Ecclesial Practice and Practical Discipline
Polity as Discipline
Polity as "Connexion"
Lines of Political Development
Pietism and Puritanism
Catholic Tradition
Evangelical Revival
Wesley's Synthesis in America
Denomination and Polity in the U.S.: The Case of United Methodism
Evolving Functions of Denominations
Perspectives on Denominations
Denominations as Local
Denominations as Assembly and Community
Denominational Culture
Denominations as Economic Institutions
Denominations and Social Location
Theology and Practices of Faith
Contemporary Ecclesiological Issues
The Book of Discipline Today
The Constitution of United Methodism
Two Constitutive Principles
The Principle of Conference
The Principle of Episcopacy
The Meeting of Principles
The Constitutional Place of the Annual Conference
The Constitutional Place of the Local Church
What the Constitution Is and Is Not
History, Theology, and the Discipline
A Narrative Disposition
Pragmatic Authority
Doctrinal Standards
Theological Method
Working Toward Consensus
Scriptural Holiness
Tests of Consensus
Toward Ecumenical Consensus
The Ministry of All Christians
An Emerging Ecumenical Consensus
Lay and Specialized Ministries
The Unity of Ministry
The Local Church in United Methodism
The Emergence of the Local Church
A Connection of Local Churches
Church Membership
The Organization of the Local Church
Balancing Local and Connectional Mission
Called and Set Apart: Ordered Ministry in United Methodism
A Dual Framework of Preaching Ministry
Specialized Ministries
Lay Speakers and Lay Ministers
Diaconal Ministers
Local Pastors
Traveling Ministers in Full Connection
Tensions in the Itineracy
Tensions Between Laity and Clergy
Tensions Within the Clergy Covenant
Superintendency in United Methodism
General Superintendency
Issues in the Episcopal Role
Election of Bishops
Episcopal Assignments
District Superintendency
General, Jurisdictional, and Central Conferences and the General Agencies
General Conference
Petitions and Procedures
A Diverse Public
Jurisdictional Conferences
Central Conferences
General Agencies
Annual Conference
Annual Conferences and the Connection
Conferenre Structures and Functions
Church Property
Model Deeds
The Trust Clause and the Local Church
Property and Prosperity
Other Church-Owned Property
Legal Issues
Judicial Administration
Judicial Council Decisions
Current Legal Issues
Conclusion: Issues for the Future of United Methodist Polity
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