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Glossary

Ever hear someone use a term at church that you didn't quite understand? Everyone from time-to-time has felt this way. Even though we at UMC.org try to make every effort to develop stories in such a way that everyone can understand, we realize that we'll use terminology that needs some clarity. Use our glossary to look up definitions of unfamiliar terms. 

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A

Abingdon Press - associate member, local church More

B

baptism - Book of Worship, The More

C

cabinet - creed More

D

deacon - doxology More

E

Easter - evangelism More

F

Finance and Administration, General Council on - founding date, the denomination's More

G

General Administration Fund - gospel More

H

Heritage Sunday - Hymnal, The United Methodist More

I

inclusiveness - itineracy, itinerancy More

J

Judicial Council - Jurisdictional Conference More

L

laity - Lord's table, the More

M

membership roll - missionary conference More

N

narthex - Nicene Creed More

O

offering - Otterbein, Philip William More

P

Palm Sunday - pulpit More

Q

quadrennium - Quarterly Conference More

R

reaffirmation of faith - retirement, mandatory More

S

sacrament - superintendency More

T

Tenebrae - twelve-year rule More

U

United Methodist Church, The - Upper Room, The More

V

vesper service - vigil More

W

wafer - World Service Fund More

Y

year, church - Youth Services Fund More