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Polity, Practice, And The Mission Of The United Methodist Church
In this in-depth analysis of the connection between United Methodist polity and theology, Thomas E. Frank addresses the ways in which historical developments have shaped -- and continue to shape -- the organization of the church. The author discusses emerging issues that must be faced by the denomination in the present and near future, and indicates how these issues come t ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Abingdon Press
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Jul 23, 2007 Leighann rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in the governing structure of the United Methodist Church
Hmmmm...well, it was important to read. And yes, it will help me when those DCOM/BOOM interviews happen. But ughs. I'm glad this is over. I give it three stars for it's practicality, but I can't recommend this book unless you are really, really interested in the way United Methodism works. I could recommend you talking to a bunch of United Methodists and then if you still are interested, read this book.
Believe it or not, it is possible to explain the meaning and history behind 781 pages of United Methodist Church governance without making your reader want to transfer membership into another denomination. Frank unpacks the democratically episcopal structure and narrative middle-ground character of our polity in a way that helps the readers locate themselves in the story. Frank does not gloss over the less admirable parts of our history, and I also really appreciated the way he honestly examined ...more
This book was a textbook used in a United Methodist Lay Servant Class I was taking for re-certification for the Lay Preaching Program. It is a required course.For those unfamiliar with the United Methodist Denomination, it is well done,although it is out-of-date in certain areas. This is to be expected as church polity, practice and even mission changes. Still, it's very informative.