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One of the special worship services of Holy Week. The word tenebrae is Latin for darkness. The distinguishing features of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles and lights following... Read More


The setting aside of one-tenth of one's income for God as is specifically noted in the Bible. Tithing has been the traditional minimum standard of giving for Christians. The United... More

transfer, Annual Conference Membership

The movement of the membership of ordained ministers from one Annual Conference to another. Although an ordained United Methodist minister is authorized to perform ministerial duties anywhere in the denomination,... Read More

transfer, local church membership

The movement of the membership of a lay person from one local church to another. A lay person may transfer his or her membership either to another United Methodist local... Read More

trust clause in deeds

The clause that must be included in the deeds of all United Methodist properties. All properties held by the General, Jurisdictional, Annual, and District Conferences or by a local church... Read More

Trustees, local church Board of

The group charged with the responsibility for the supervision and care of all property and equipment owned by the local church. The Board is to plan and set policies for... Read More

twelve-year rule

The regulation approved by the 1988 General Conference that no elected general program staff person can hold the same position for more than twelve years. Years of service prior to January 1, 1989,... Read More