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"The church is a community of all true believers under the Lordship of Christ. It is the redeemed and redeeming fellowship in which the Word of God is preached by persons divinely called, and the sacraments are duly administered according to Christ's own appointment. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit the church seeks to provide for the maintenance of worship, the education of believers, and the redemption of the world." - From the Preamble to the Constitution of The United Methodist Church
The product of over 200 years of General Conferences of the denominations that form The United Methodist Church, the Discipline is the current statement of how United Methodists agree to live together. It acknowledges the past and addresses the future.
Updated through the actions of the 2016 General Conference, the new Discipline includes a complete listing of bishops from Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury through the 2016 episcopal elections as well as a revised historical statement, an expanded index, and six parts:
- The Constitution
- General Book of Discipline
- Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task
- The Ministry of All Christians
- Social Principles
- Organization and Administration
While, The Book of Resolutions provides models for applying an active faith to daily life in ways that can impact the world around us. The new Book of Resolutions contains all current social policies adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Includes positions on more than 200 subjects, organized into seven sections:
- The Natural World
- The Political Community
- The Nurturing Community
- The World Community
- The Social Community
- The Economic Community
- Other Resolutions
Fully indexed by resolution title, Scripture reference, and topic. Available in English only.
Developed with input from worship leaders,The Book of Worship is indispensable for pastors, musicians, and laypersons who plan and lead worship.
- A vast collection of worship material: services, liturgies, litanies, prayers, blessings, music, and other acts of worship and praise.
- Thousands of references to The United Methodist Hymnal, including suggested hymns for a host of worship occasions.
- Resources for special Sundays and other days of churchwide emphasis.
- New Christian Years Services
- Services for various occasions including:
- Presentation of Bibles to Children
- An Order of Farewell to Pastor
- Orders of Installation or Recognition
- Orders of Daily Praise and Prayer
There are twenty-six individual booklets in the Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation Complete Set, one for each ministry area; church leadership area including Church Council and Small Membership Church; the administrative areas of Finance and Trustees; and ministry areas focused on nurture, outreach, and witness including Worship, Evangelism, Stewardship, and Christian Education, age-level ministries, Communications, and more.
The booklets are tools that get new lay leaders off to a good start and as a reference resource for all lay leaders. Each booklet includes the basic "job description" for the leader as well as practical "how-to" information important to implementing ministry effectively. Brief and to the point for the busy, but spirit-led leader.