Why does The United Methodist Church do things the way it does? And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God? This course will help you understand the answers to these questions.
Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Course – “United Methodist Polity”
Oct 27th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm @ Epworth UMC in Clinton
(5876 Garland Hwy, Clinton, NC)
Course Description: Theology shapes who we are and how we organize to transform the world. Especially written for required United Methodist classes, this accessible book uses a Wesleyan theological frame – connection – to help readers understand United Methodism’s polity and organization as the interrelationship of our beliefs, mission, and practice. The book is organized into four parts – United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization. Polity and organization are primary embodiments of The United Methodist Church. Functional in nature, these aspects of the denomination facilitate our mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world. This book connects denominational governance and organization to our beliefs as well as our mission. A clear understanding of our identity – as Methodists with Wesleyan roots in connection- and our purpose – to make disciples for the transformation of the world – can help students of United Methodism navigate this treacherous landscape as present and future leaders. Warner also addresses the estrangement between theology and institutional structures and practice by framing governance practices and organizational structure within a Wesleyan theology of connection. This approach will assist current and future denominational leaders in understanding their practices of administration and participation in polity as a theological endeavor and key component of their ministries.
NOTE: Participants will also need a Book of Discipline.
Participants will be able to:
- State and describe the uniqueness, purpose, and overall structure of The United Methodist Church, its connectional system and its order of missionary preachers
- Describe the uniqueness and purpose of the episcopacy, the itinerant ministry and appointment processes, the ordering of ministry, and annual conference
- Explain the many ways our connection works together to fulfill its mission from the local church to the global general agencies
- Identify elements of the connection beyond the borders of the annual conference: jurisdictions, General Conference, Judicial Council, and central conferences, as well as other international affiliated churches
- Use new tools for discernment in making decisions in the local church
Lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 + cost of course book. Financial scholarships are available – please send requests to email@example.com
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