United methodist book of discipline


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United Methodist Book Of Discipline

The Book of Discipline constitutes the law and doctrine of the United Methodist Church. It follows similar works for its predecessor denominations. for books, Bibles, church supplies, VBS, curriculum, United Methodist resources, and Book of Discipline Errata. View the latest updates and corrections. The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. An online version of The Book of Discipline and The Book of Resolutions, are offered on the.

Big, sprawling organizations, like our United Methodist denomination, need a book, a constitution if you will, our ideals and way of doing what we do, all bound together. Then others have a more casual, maybe ambivalent relationship to the book. Portions of it are useful to prop up your agenda; other portions you find to be embarrassing, or just plain dull. It is our book, and it is every bit as lovely and messy as our lives and churches. We uphold it with some fear and trembling, and some pride too. Now, if you had never laid eyes on The Book of Discipline , but only heard Methodists talking about it, you might assume it was 1 a law code, and 2 an exceedingly short one. Yes, you might overhear other unhappy United Methodists yearning for that very short law book to be changed, although in gritty but defeated resignation. The little sliver of the Discipline that commands our attention, the insistence on enforcement, and also the craving that it might one day be changed, is about homosexuality in general, and marriage and ordination in particular. Or if we are so deadly earnest about the Discipline , press for the full plus pages to be enforced. Bishops then are asked to function as a robed police force. But Jesus established a different kind of community, one that trades not in force and punishment, but in love and reconciliation.

But over three days of meetings, the committee members concluded it was best to go slow, gather more input and make the process as transparent as possible. The jurisdiction was created in with the merger of southern and northern Methodists, and it was abolished in with the merger that created The United Methodist Church.

The first central conference started in the s when the two annual conferences in India recognized they only had contact with the United States, not with each other.

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church

The annual conferences created a central conference as a place where they could centralize their work together. What about the United States? Whatever disciplinary paragraphs it deems adaptable for central conferences, the committee at this point is suggesting could be moved to a newly created Part VII.

The Rev. Kimberly D.

Reisman, also a standing committee member, said that, for now, the committee is concentrating on building trust. United Methodists — and we hope they will — but if we move too quickly, then the conversation will come to a complete halt. This pamphlet gathers together the most frequently asked of these questions with related sections of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, No attempt is made here to interpret these paragraphs or to offer advice related to any specific situation.

Who determines what staff positions are required in the local church? Committee SPRC is given broad oversight and responsibility in church staffing matters. The SPRC shall "recommend to the church council, after consultation with the pastor, the professional and other staff positions whether employee or contract needed to carry out the work of the church or charge.

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The SPRC shall "confer with, consult, and counsel the pastor s and staff on matters pertaining to priorities in the use of gifts, skills, and time and priorities for the demands and effectiveness of the mission and ministry of the congregation.

The SPRC is to "develop and approve written job descriptions and titles for associate pastors and other staff members in cooperation with the senior pastor.

It is the responsibility of the church council to "recommend to the charge conference the salary and other remuneration of the pastor s and staff members after receiving recommendations from the committee on pastor-parish relations staff-parish relations.

Paragraph The church council shall have authority to provide such pension benefits through either a denominational pension program administered by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits or another pension program administered by another pension provider.

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The SPRC is to "encourage staff members to seek professional certification in their fields of specialization. Are there guidelines for changing the employment status of staff?

Who hires and fires staff? Until such a policy has been adopted, the committee and the pastor shall have the authority to hire, contract, evaluate, promote, retire, and dismiss nonappointed personnel.

Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church

When does the SPRC meet? May the staff member attend?

It shall meet additionally at the request of the bishop, the district superintendent, the pastor, any other person accountable to the committee, or the chairperson of the committee. The pastor shall be present at each meeting of the committee on pastor-parish relations or staff-parish relations except where he or she voluntarily excuses himself or herself.

However, the pastor or appointed staff under consideration shall be notified prior to such meeting with the district superintendent and be brought into consultation immediately thereafter. Used by permission.


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