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The organization in an annual conference whose membership consists of the resident bishop and the district superintendents. The Cabinet provides oversight and direction for the work of the annual conference,... Read More

calendar, Christian

Six distinct periods of Christian observances. Each focuses upon a different aspect of the Christian experience and tradition. These periods or seasons do not necessarily occur on the same dates... Read More


The books of the Bible recognized as having authority as Scripture and as being accepted for use. The word canon comes from the Greek word meaning ruler or measuring rod.... Read More


Derived from a Greek word meaning universal. When spelled with a capital "C" in current usage Catholic has come to be accepted as a shortened reference to the Roman Catholic... Read More


A group of persons who have joined together to devise policies and positions appropriate to the concerns of the group and who jointly act to advocate for that group and... Read More

central conference

One of seven geographic areas outside the territorial United States, each composed of annual conferences as determined by the General Conference. Central Conferences have responsibilities similar to those of Jurisdictional... More


The container or vessel used to hold the wine in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion. The chalice is also referred to as the "Cup," which is... Read More


Historically, that portion of the church or sanctuary which was reserved for the clergy. Often it was set apart from the rest of the church by lattices or crossbars. The... Read More

chancel railing or rail

The low railing which in many United Methodist churches separates the chancel from the remainder of the worship sanctuary or room. Generally it is constructed in such a way as... Read More

charge conference

The charge conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local church and is composed of all members of the church council. More

charge, pastoral

The charge conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local church and is composed of all members of the church council. All members of the charge conference... Read More

Christ candle

The large white candle used on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day or both. The Christ candle is often the candle located in the center of an Advent wreath. Source:... Read More

Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns

The general agency that advocates for and works toward Christian unity in every aspect of the life of The United Methodist Church. It works to enable ecumenical and interreligious understanding... Read More


The day on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. More

Christmas Conference

The name given to the conference at which the Methodist Episcopal Church in America was formally organized. The conference began on December 24, 1784, and lasted until January 2 or 3, 1785, at the Lovely... Read More

Christmas Season

The second of six seasons in the Christian calendar. The Christmas Season begins at sunset Christmas Eve and lasts, in United Methodist usage, through Epiphany (January 6). The liturgical color for... Read More

Church and Society, General Board of

The agency that challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern. This board works for the implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on social... Read More

church conference

The convening of the Charge Conference as a meeting in which all members of a local United Methodist church are invited to attend and are extended the privilege of vote.... Read More

church council

The church council plans and implements the programs and ministry of the local church as well as oversees the administration of the church. More

Church of the United Brethren in Christ, The

One of the predecessor denominations of the United Methodist Church. The church was formally organized in September of 1800 following a number of years of less formal fellowship among lay persons... Read More


Two or more local churches joined together for pastoral supervision. The churches on a circuit constitute one pastoral charge. When a pastoral charge consists of only one local church, it... Read More

circuit rider

A term of historic usage in American Methodism. From the earliest years of the denomination, pastors were appointed to serve a large number of local churches and preaching places located... Read More


Clergy in The United Methodist Church are individuals who serve as commissioned ministers, deacons, elders, and local pastors under appointment of a bishop (full- and part-time), who hold membership in... Read More


The word was formed by combining Coke and Asbury, the names of the first two general superintendents of The Methodist Episcopal Church in America. The primary use of the word... Read More