The People(s) Called Methodist: Forms and Reforms of Their Life

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William Benjamin Lawrence, Dennis M. Campbell, Russell E. Richey
Abingdon Press, 1998 - Religion - 339 pages
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Now, on the eve of the twenty-first century, United Methodists in the Wesleyan tradition face new challenges. Do the forms in which the church shaped itself for mission and ministry in the present century show promise for the next one? Are there voices within the church that need to be heard, perhaps for the first time? Will the spiritual, human, and material resources within the denomination be adequate to the task? The collection of essays in this volume offers a candid description of the United Methodists in American culture today, as well as a frank reassessment of the way the church recalls its history. Together, the essays present a perspective on reforming the denomination's internal order and external outreach, with faithfulness to its heritage while following its summons to holiness and service.

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Contents

A Statistical Portrait
27
Diversity and Moral Authority
109
United Methodist Ordained Ministry in Transition Trends
129
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

He is Associate Dean of Academic programs and Professor of Church History at the Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.

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