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An ordained clergyperson who is called to serve all people, particularly the poor, the sick, and the oppressed, and to equip and lead the laity in ministries of compassion, justice... Read More


Deaconesses and Home Missioners are laywomen and laymen who are called by God to be in a lifetime relationship in The United Methodist Church for engagement with a full-time vocation... Read More


A pastor or layperson elected by an annual conference as its representative to General Conference, Jurisdictional Conference or Central Conference. Source: Sharing God's Gifts Glossary of United Methodist Terms Read More

delegates, General Conference

The voting members of the General Conference. The total number of delegates to a General Conference must consist of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates. Lay delegates are... Read More


The active living of the individual Christian in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ, that is, being as effective a disciple of Christ as possible. Discipleship involves a ministry... More

Discipleship Resources

The publishing unit of the General Board of Discipleship which publishes and distributes resources to assist Annual Conferences, local churches, and individual United Methodists to carry forward programs of outreach... Read More

Discipleship, General Board of

The agency that provides leadership and resources in the areas of spiritual growth and development, devotional literature, curriculum resources, Christian education, evangelism, worship, stewardship, and ministry of the laity. The... Read More


A term with three distinct meanings in United Methodism. First, early Methodists acquired a reputation for having strict patterns and rules for regulating their daily and spiritual lives. This "discipline"... Read More


A regional group of churches or charges, supervised by a district superintendent. More

district conference

The meeting held to conduct necessary work of the district. The annual conference determines what the membership of a district conference shall be. Generally, it consists of the clergy of... Read More

district superintendent

An ordained minister appointed by a bishop to oversee the pastors and local churches in a district. A district superintendent may not serve in that capacity more than six years... More

doctrinal standards

Key statements of historical and doctrinal importance for The United Methodist Church. The doctrinal standards include the Articles of Religion and the Confession of Faith. These are accompanied by the... Read More


In general usage, a short statement of praise, glory, and thanksgiving to God. It is often a short hymn designed to be sung by the worshiping congregation. The doxology most... More