Polity, Practice, and the Mission of the United Methodist Church

Front Cover
Abingdon Press, 1997 - Methodist Church - 320 pages
2 Reviews
This major new work on United Methodist polity, while it follows the structure and content of The Book of Discipline for teaching purposes, also seeks to interpret broader themes of church practice in their cultural and ecclesial contexts. Frank integrates his analysis of governance and administrative practices in The United Methodist Church with a historical and theological understanding of the emergence and mission of the Methodist movement. His discussion of the Discipline and the way it is practiced incorporates interpretation of current tensions and transitions in the denomination at all levels, including the significant changes regarding ordained ministry mandated by the 1996 General Conference. The book thus addresses issues that are critical for the future of United Methodism, especially its movement toward becoming a more global, ecumenical church.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church: 2006 Edition

User Review  - Tim Good - Goodreads

I always expected that we were making this crap up as we went along - this book confirms it... Read full review

Review: Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church: 2006 Edition

User Review  - Martha - Goodreads

I'm reading this one for class. So far, I'd say the Discipline is more interesting, but that could just be me. That is not to say that this is not a fascinating book, but it's difficult to get through ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
11
The Rhetoric of Crisis and United Methodist
21
Polity as Ecclesial Practice and Practical Discipline
39
Copyright

14 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1997)

Frank is Associate Professor of Church Administration and Congregational Life and Director of Methodist Studies at Chandler School of Theology, Emory University.

Bibliographic information