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2008 Book of Discipline Contents

1- 99

The Constitution

101- 199

Doctrine, Doctrinal Statements, General Rules, The Ministry of All Christians, and Social Principles

201- 299

The Local Church

301- 399

The Ministry of the Ordained

401- 499

The Superintendency

501- 699

The Conferences

701- 2499

Administrative Order

2501- 2599

Church Property

2601- 2799

Judicial Administration



PART I
THE CONSTITUTION
¶¶ 1-61

Preamblepage 21
Division One-General (¶¶ 17)page 21
Division Two-Organization (¶¶ 844)page 23
I. Conferences (¶¶ 812)
II.General Conference (¶¶ 1316)
III.Restrictive Rules (¶¶ 1722)
IV.Jurisdictional Conferences (¶¶ 2327)
V.Central Conferences (¶¶ 2831)
VI.Annual Conferences (¶¶ 3236)
VII.Boundaries (¶¶ 3741)
VIII.District Conferences (¶ 42)
IX.Charge Conferences (¶¶ 4344)
Division Three-Episcopal Supervision (¶¶ 4554)page 35
Division Four-The Judiciary (¶¶ 5558)page 38
Division Five-Amendments (¶¶ 5961)page 38



PART II
DOCTRINAL STANDARDS AND OUR THEOLOGICAL TASK
¶¶ 101104

I. Our Doctrinal Heritage (¶ 101)page 41
II. Our Doctrinal History (¶ 102)page 50
III. Our Doctrinal Standards and General Rules: The Articles of Religion of The Methodist Church, the Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and The General Rules of the Methodist Church (¶ 103)page 59
IV.Our Theological Task (¶ 104)page 74


PART III
THE MINISTRY OF ALL CHRISTIANS
¶¶ 120142

I. The Churches (¶¶ 120124)page 87
II.The Ministry of All Christians (¶¶ 125131)page 89
III.Servant Ministry and Servant Leadership (¶¶ 132133)page 91
IV.Servant Ministry (¶¶ 134136)page 91
V.Servant Leadership (¶¶ 137138)page 92
VI.Called to Inclusiveness (¶ 139)page 93
VII.The Fulfillment of Ministry Through The United Methodist Church (¶¶ 140142)page 94



PART IV
SOCIAL PRINCIPLES
¶¶ 160166

Prefacepage 97
Preamblepage 97
I.The Natural World (¶ 160)page 98
II.The Nurturing Community (¶ 161)page 101
III.The Social Community (¶ 162)page 108
IV. The Economic Community (¶ 163)page 118
V.The Political Community (¶ 164)page 123
VI.The World Community (¶ 165)page 127
VII.Our Social Creed (¶ 166) page 129


PART V
ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
¶¶ 2012719
Chapter One
THE LOCAL CHURCH

I.The Church and Pastoral Charge (¶¶ 201205)page 133
II.Cooperative Parish (¶ 206)page 135
III.Ecumenical Shared Ministries (¶¶ 207211)page 137
IV.Churches in Transitional Communities (¶¶ 212213)page 139
V.Church Membership (¶¶ 214242) page 140
The Meaning of Membership (¶¶ 216221)
Admission into the Church (¶¶ 222226)
Affiliate and Associate Membership (¶ 227)
Care of Members (¶¶ 228229)
Membership Records and Reports (¶¶ 230234)
Changes in Church Membership or Local Church Membership (¶¶ 235242)
VI.Organization and Administration (¶¶ 243258)page 157
The Charge Conference (¶¶ 246251)
The Church Council (¶ 252)
Specialized Ministries (¶¶ 253257)
Administrative Committees (¶ 258)
VII.Method of Organizing a New Local Church (¶ 259) page 187
VIII.Transfer of a Local Church (¶ 260)page 189
IX.Protection of Rights of Congregations (¶ 261)page 190
VIIIX.Special Sundays (¶¶ 262265)page 190
Churchwide Special Sundays with Offerings (¶ 263)
Special Sundays Without Churchwide Offerings (¶¶ 264265)
VIIXI. Lay Speaking Ministries (¶¶ 266271) page 197



Chapter Two
THE MINISTRY OF THE ORDAINED

XVIII. The Meaning of Ordination and Conference Membership (¶¶ 301304)page 203
XVIII. Clergy Orders in The United Methodist Church (¶¶ 305309)page 206
XVIII. Candidacy for Licensed and Ordained Ministry (¶¶ 310314)page 209
XIIIV. License for Pastoral Ministry (¶¶ 315320)page 213
XIIIV. Associate Membership (¶¶ 321323)page 220
XIIVI. Provisional Membership (¶¶ 324327)page 223
XIVII. The Ordained Deacon in Full Connection (¶¶ 328331)page 230
XVIII.The Ordained Elder in Full Connection (¶¶ 332336)page 240
Admission and Continuance of Full Membership in the Annual
Conference (¶¶ 336)
VIIIX.Appointments to Various Ministries (¶¶ 337342)page 247
VIIIX.Appointments to Extension Ministries (¶¶ 343345)page 254
Provisions for Appointments to Ecumenical Shared Ministries (¶ 345)
VIIXI.Clergy from Other Annual Conferences, Other Methodist and ChristianDenominations (¶¶ 346348)page 261
VIXII.Mentoring and Mentors (¶ 349)page 265
VXIII.Evaluation for Continuing Formation for Full Members and Local Pastors(¶¶ 350352) page 266
IIXIV.Changes of Conference Relationship (¶¶ 353360)page 269
IIIXV.Complaints (¶ 361)page 283
IIXVI. Administrative Complaints, Fair Process, Referral, and Disposition
(¶¶ 362363)
page 285
IXVII.Readmission to Conference Relationship (¶¶ 364368)page 291
XVIII.General Provisions (¶ 369) page 293


Chapter Three
THE SUPERINTENDENCY

I.The Nature of Superintendency (¶ 401)page 295
II.Offices of Bishop and District Superintendent (¶¶ 402403)page 295
III.Election, Assignment, and Termination of Bishops (¶¶ 404413)page 297
IV.Specific Responsibilities of Bishops (¶¶ 414416)page 309
V.Selection, Assignment, and Term of District Superintendents (¶¶ 417418)page 311
VI.Specific Responsibilities of District Superintendents (¶¶ 419425)page 311
VII.Expressions of Superintendency (¶¶ 426429)page 316
VIII.Appointment-Making (¶¶ 430435)page 318


Chapter Four
THE CONFERENCES

I.The General Conference (¶¶ 501511)page 325
II.The Jurisdictional Conference (¶¶ 512537)page 332
Jurisdictional Agencies (¶¶ 529537)
III.Central Conferences (¶¶ 540548) page 342
IV.Provisional Central Conferences (¶¶ 560567)page 351
V.Autonomous Methodist Churches, Affiliated
Autonomous Methodist Churches, Affiliated
United Churches, Covenanting Churches
Concordat Churches (¶¶ 570575)page 352
Becoming an Autonomous Methodist, Affiliated Autonomous Methodist, or
Affiliated United Church from Central Conferences (¶ 572)
Becoming a Covenanting Church (¶ 573)
Concordat Agreements (¶ 574)
Joining The United Methodist Church (¶ 575)
VI.Provisional Annual Conferences (¶¶ 580583)page 359
VII.The Missionary Conference (¶¶ 585588)page 360
VIII.Mission (¶¶ 590591)page 364
IX.The Annual Conference (¶¶ 601656)page 366
Conference Agencies (¶ 610)
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration (¶¶ 611619)
Pastoral Support (¶¶ 620628)
Other Conference Agencies (¶¶ 629656)
X.The District Conference (¶¶ 657671)page 460


Chapter Five
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER

I.General Provisions (¶¶ 701723)page 473
II.General Council on Finance and Administration (¶¶ 801823)page 495
General Funds (¶¶ 810816)
The Episcopal Fund (¶ 817)
Financial Appeals Beyond the General Funds (¶¶ 818823)
III.Connectional Table (¶¶ 901907) page 534
IV.General Board of Church and Society (¶¶ 10011011)page 538
V.General Board of Discipleship (¶¶ 11011127)page 541
VI. Division on Ministries With Young People (¶¶ 12011212)page 567
VII.General Board of Global Ministries (¶¶ 13011327)page 575
Mission Program Areas (¶ 1313)
Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner (¶¶ 13141317)
Women's Division (¶¶ 13181326)
Health and Relief (¶ 1327)
VIII.General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (¶¶ 14011423)page 599
Division of Higher Education (¶¶ 14101413)
University Senate (¶¶ 14141418)
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (¶ 1419)
Council of Presidents of the Black Colleges (¶ 1420)
Division of Ordained Ministry (¶ 1421)
Schools of Theology of The United Methodist Church (¶¶ 14221423)
IX.General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (¶¶ 15011509)page 626
General Administration (¶¶ 15011505)
Annual Conference Administration (¶¶ 15061509)
X. The United Methodist Publishing House (¶¶ 16011642)page 652
XI.General Commission on Archives and History (¶¶ 17011712)page 661
XII.General Commission on Communication (¶¶ 18011808)page 669
XIII.General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns
(¶¶ 19011912)
page 676
XIV.General Commission on Religion and Race (¶¶ 20012008)page 684
XV.General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (¶¶ 21012109)page 688
XVI.Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters (¶ 2201)page 692
XVII.General Commission on United Methodist Men (¶¶ 23012303)page 693
XVIII.Ecumenical Organizations (¶¶ 24012405)page 697
XIX.JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation (¶ 2406)page 701



Chapter Six
CHURCH PROPERTY

I.All Titles-In Trust (¶¶ 25012505)page 703
II.Compliance with Law (¶¶ 25062510)page 706
III.Audits and Bonding of Church Officers (¶ 2511)page 708
IV.Annual Conference Property (¶¶ 25122516)page 708
V.District Property (¶¶ 25172523) page 713
VI.Local Church Property (¶¶ 25242550) page 717
VII.Requirements-Trustees of Church Institutions (¶ 2551)page 741


Chapter Seven
JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

I.The Judicial Council (¶¶ 26012612)page 743
II.Investigations, Trials, and Appeals (¶¶ 27012719)page 750
Fair Process in Judicial Proceedings (¶ 2701)
Chargeable Offenses and the Statute of Limitations (¶ 2702)
Procedures for Referral and Investigation of a Judicial Complaint
(¶¶ 27032706)
Trials (¶¶ 27072714)
Appeals (¶¶ 27152718)
Miscellaneous Provisions (¶ 2719)

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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