Polity, Practice, And The Mission Of The United Methodist Church
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Polity, Practice, And The Mission Of The United Methodist Church

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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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Leighann
Jul 23, 2007 Leighann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Tim Good
I always expected that we were making this crap up as we went along - this book confirms it...
Erin
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
Martha
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 the material how it's presented. The author's choice on some of the anecdotes are difficult to get past because of a double, or unintended, meaning that crops up. I don't think the author intended for that, but it does leave one wondering.

This, though very informative, was quite dense and difficul...more
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