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Methodists: Saints, stephen united methodist church, patron saints
stephen united methodist church, patron saints, united methodist church: Dear Keith, You question is an interesting one, thanks for asking. The United Methodist Church believes in the doctrine of the Communion of the Saints. This means that all Christians who have gone on into glory (i.e, heaven) are actually still with us...

Methodists: sunday obligation, days of obligation, methodist woman
days of obligation, methodist woman, wayne tucker: Tereea, We don t have designated days of obligation. Not even Sundays. We call on our members to attend to the public and private worship of God as part of their membership vows. They are expected to uphold the congregation by their prayers, their...

Methodists: teachings, methodist denomination, books of the bible
methodist denomination, books of the bible, holy scriptures: Dear Allen, Thank you so much for writing. I m afraid that neither a simple nor a straight forward answer to your question is really possible because we don t understand scripture as being so much a book of rules as it is an account of God s work in Christ...

Methodists: teachings, methodist denomination, books of the bible
methodist denomination, books of the bible, wayne tucker: Allen, That one s easy. We are on the web at www.umc.org. The site is fairly easy to navigate, I think, and generally user friendly. And there is a Church finder set up by zip code for US congregations. Most UM pastors can answer most of these questions,...

Methodists: ?, Christmas, Orthodox
Christmas, Orthodox, Julian calendar: Allen: The Orthodox Christian Churches observe Christmas on two different dates. Some Orthodox observed Christmas on December 25. Others observe on January 6. This reflects the Julian Calendar. My answer may not be fully comprehensive. I do not have time...

Methodists: Catholisism Vs. Methodist Faith, appalachia service project, one true god
appalachia service project, one true god, methodist group: Elizabeth, You are one brave young lady; let me say that up front. I have been on several ASP mission trips, and I am familiar with the way they can foster growth in discipleship. You are intrigued by these United Methodist youth and their leaders....

Methodists: Confirmation, confirmation class, confirmation classes
confirmation class, confirmation classes, faith experience: Lisa: I will try to respond to your basic questions. 1. The acceptance of Christ is elimentally an individual action. However, it usually happens in a group context. Confirmation class may be an experience of Christian community in Christ but each person...

Methodists: Dad's failure, disciples of jesus christ, disciples of jesus
disciples of jesus christ, disciples of jesus, faithful disciples: Dear Kurt, Your express a very painful and difficult situation, and yet one that is not foreign to many people today and, indeed, to some in the churches which I have pastored. My counsel is to be faithful members of the church, faithful disciples of Jesus...

Methodists: The Duties of the Circuit Finance Committee, circuit finance, finance committees
circuit finance, finance committees, professional accounting: Dear Andrew, Thank you for your question; I m sorry it has taken so long to get back to you but the Advent lead-up to Christmas has been particularly hectic this year. I m curious as to what you mean by a Circuit Finance Committee. Back when I pastored...

Methodists: hospital chaplain, hospital chaplain, mdiv program
hospital chaplain, mdiv program, ministry god: Dear Bob: Indeed, I am not the expert you need with these disciplinary questions affecting the work of the orders. In your district there should be chairs of the Order of Elders and Order of Deacons, as well as the DS. I would talk with those Chairs...

Methodists: The Methodists, roman catholic christians, disciples of jesus
roman catholic christians, disciples of jesus, righteousness of god: Dear Shonda, Thanks for writing. I understand your first question as relating to what is distinctive about Methodists and Methodism. We hold many believes in common with other Christians and, particularly, with Roman Catholic Christians, but there are...

Methodists: what makes this religion so distinct?, history of methodism, doctrine of predestination
history of methodism, doctrine of predestination, distinctive doctrines: Jordan, Thanks for looking into us, and thanks for asking. A few of our distinctive doctrines are these: 1.) We believe that all persons MUST be saved. This separates us from all the Universalists, who claim that all persons will go to heaven anyway....

Methodists: Prayer of Confession before Communion, prayers of confession, prayer of confession
prayers of confession, prayer of confession, methodist hymnal: Tommy, The Hymnal contains two different formal prayers of confession for Communion. The newer one, the one more likely to be used today, is as follows: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to...

Methodists: two questions, united methodist church, wayne tucker
united methodist church, wayne tucker, holy communion: Annie, Yes, the United Methodist Church has communion, but typically only on the first Sunday of the month. Some congregations offer it every week, but they are few and far between. And no, we do not consider it a sin for you to receive. It is the...

Methodists: Sacraments, catholic apostolic church, methodist clergy
catholic apostolic church, methodist clergy, united methodist church: Dear Raven, I assume you re referencing a circuit or charge of the United Methodist Church? If so, then it is correct that the appointed pastor has the authority to determine who preaches and presides in worship. Even if your ministerial orders have been...

Methodists: Staff Parish Relations Committee, leadership committee, wayne tucker
leadership committee, wayne tucker, sprc: Jane, According to The Discipline the Lay Leadership Committee may select the Chair of SPRC, or the SPRC may elect their own chair. The Administrative Board has no role in the matter under The Discipline. Since the Pastor chairs the Lay Leadership...

Methodists: Tod Jacobs AL. Preacher, united methodist church, district superintendent
united methodist church, district superintendent, disciplinary authority: Dear Helen, I am a disturbed by what you describe. Was this a United Methodist Church and a UM pastor? If so, in my opinion no Pastor has the moral right, nor the Disciplinary authority, to throw a member of out of church for simply attending a bar...

Methodists: Trustee authority, wayne tucker, leadership committee
wayne tucker, leadership committee, layman: Mark, Unless the pastor is elected to the committee, he or she has no vote at the meeting. Anyone may attend a Trustee meeting, but only the members may vote. The pastor chairs the Lay Leadership committee, but is otherwise not a member of any committee,...

Methodists: universal redemption vs. universal salvation, universal atonement, universal redemption
universal atonement, universal redemption, methodist doctrine: Dear Sabra, Thank you for writing! You pose several interesting questions. Please allow me to address each one independently: 1. Can you please explain the difference of universal redemption vs universal salvation in regards to Methodist doctrine?...

Methodists: Wesley, religious emotions, emotional depression
religious emotions, emotional depression, spiritual depression: Dear Scott, Wesley wrote this in a June 1766 letter to his brother, Charles Wesley. It is, indeed, a most fascinating statement and one which leaves one scratching one s head. What did Wesley mean? Any and all attempts to explicate it will be speculative,...

Methodists: Call to Ministry, district superintendent, methodist pastor
district superintendent, methodist pastor, discernment: Dear Chris: I answered your question several days ago -- the AllExperts system says you didn t get the answer. I don t think you are pretentious -- it is good to explore a possible call to ordination in all ways. In our system, you would speak with...

Methodists: Call to Ministry, district superintendent, pprc
district superintendent, pprc, ordained ministry: Chris, Welcome to the UMC! I can t comment from here on the authenticity of your call. But your local PPRC can, because they know you. To become a pastor, and I am assuming this is your sense of call, you must be a member of a congregation of the UMC...

Methodists: Communion, united methodists, consecrated elements
united methodists, consecrated elements, jesus of nazareth: We use grape juice generally because of the Methodist s approach to alcohol, which is that we have traditionally been very strong in the temperance movement and that we want to allow us to minister to people who might have alcohol problems and not have communion...

Methodists: Why couldn't you answer my question?, 1st corinthians, colossians 3
1st corinthians, colossians 3, testament god: David, This is my first time to see your comments attached to my answer to Eric s questions. From what I can read, you have no questions. All you have is answers, and your mind is made up before you present them. You have accepted the teaching you...

Methodists: Communion, st justin martyr, sacred body
Methodists: Communion, st justin martyr, sacred body, bread and wine

Methodists: UMC and baptism, united methodist churches, infant baptism
Methodists: UMC and baptism, united methodist churches, infant baptism, local churches

Methodists: PPR committee, ppr, nominations committee
ppr, nominations committee, administrative board: Barbara, I am saddened to hear that there is strife and instability in your congregation. Resignations from PPR happen for a variety of reasons, including - unfortunately - conflicts with the pastor. But do not assume that the pastor is in the wrong....

Methodists: Q & A from InfoServ, morning worship service, united methodist church
morning worship service, united methodist church, human endeavor: R.C. There are two different organizations here. The Church universal, the capital C Church, and the local congregation, the lower case c church. We believe that baptism incorporates us into the eternal kingdom of God, making us a member of the capital...

Methodists: Many questions?, 1st corinthians, lighting candles
1st corinthians, lighting candles, colossians 3: Eric, Just a quick follow up, as I have been thinking about your questions and my reply. There is an underlying assumption in your questions that we must do all and only that which God has commanded. This is a form of legalism that has as it s logical...

Methodists: Religion for my baby, gamma ray bursts, old baby girl
gamma ray bursts, old baby girl, baptist faith: Mallory, You are, of course, free to raise your child any way you wish. Baptist, Methodist, generic Christian, anything you like. I would avoid Lutheran, if I were you, just for the sake of your parents and grandparents. I m sure that would he a great...

Methodists: religion, new baptism, baptist congregations
new baptism, baptist congregations, methodist branch: David, Welcome to the United Methodist branch of the Christian family! I strongly recommend that you speak with your local pastor about membership training. There are some significant differences between UM theology and practice and the usual material...

Methodists: Is it right for me and my family?, catholic faiths, methodist churches
catholic faiths, methodist churches, baptist faith: There s a saying that Methodists are too Baptist for the Catholics and too Catholic for the Baptists, so it might be a good middle ground between Catholicism and the Baptist church. The Methodist church is very big on inclusivity and many churches try to be...

Methodists: UMC and baptism, modes of baptism, believers baptism
modes of baptism, believers baptism, infant baptism: Bill, Thanks for asking. The simple fact is that the Scriptures give us absolutely no explicit instructions on how or when baptism is to be done. The Greek word can mean anything from moist to underwater. Early church documents indicate that three...

Methodists: affirmation of faith, affirmation of faith, united methodists
affirmation of faith, united methodists, holy catholic church: Anke, Thanks for asking. You will note that the word catholic in the creed is lower case. It carries the meaning of universal, as indicated in the footnote in the hymnal text. Of course, if yours was printed in the bulletin, the footnote was likely...

Methodists: Baptism, roman catholic church, wayne tucker
roman catholic church, wayne tucker, god at work: Patti, I would tell him to go. The UMC recognizes the validity of baptism in all modes, and in all Christian churches, which includes the Roman Catholic church. The baptism will not make the child a Catholic. The baptism will initiate the child into...

Methodists: Biblical canon, books of the bible, biblical canon
books of the bible, biblical canon, methodist pastor: The Jewish leaders of Jesus time adopted the books that we now recognize around 90 a.d. The church over a couple of centuries came to recognize the NT books unofficially, and then declared that these are the books around 400 a.d. Peace and grace Bill...

Methodists: eucharist (follow-up), tony dear, divine mystery
tony dear, divine mystery, real presence: Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for your follow-up. You ask an excellent question regarding the use of Grape Juice rather than fermented, full-fledged wine. My personal preference would be to use actual wine; however, the concern within the UMC for those...

Methodists: affirmation of faith, dominus vobiscum, council of nicea
Methodists: affirmation of faith, dominus vobiscum, council of nicea, holy catholic

Methodists: Ministerial Finances, mr tucker
Methodists: Ministerial Finances, mr tucker

Methodists: revelation, tribes of isreal, early christians
Methodists: revelation, tribes of isreal, early christians, study of revelation

Methodists: Methodist Church beliefs and description, united methodist committee, united methodist committee on relief
united methodist committee, united methodist committee on relief, united methodist church: Kat, Thanks for asking. In a United Methodist church you will usually see musical instruments, such as a piano or an organ, or both. You might also see other instruments, such as guitars and drums, but these are less common. There will most often be...

Methodists: Methodist Communion, power of the holy spirit, priesthood of all believers
power of the holy spirit, priesthood of all believers, united methodist church: Kat, We practice communion is a variety of ways. We may use leavened or unleavened bread. It may be broken in advance, or left whole and torn at the time the sacrament is shared. Almost all of us use grape juice, rather than wine, because the United...

Methodists: Ministerial Finances, stewardship programs, united methodist church
stewardship programs, united methodist church, setting a budget: Jean, Every United Methodist Church is required to have a Finance Committee. Their responsibilities include setting a budget, designating by whom and how the offering is to be counted and deposited, and directing the stewardship programs of the congregation....

Methodists: methodist and wesleyan methodist, pilgrim holiness church, wesleyan methodist church
pilgrim holiness church, wesleyan methodist church, personal righteousness: Lori, Back in 1843, the Wesleyan Methodist Church branched off of the main Methodist movement because they felt the movement was getting too liberal in matters of personal righteousness. In 1897 the Pilgrim Holiness Church did the same thing for essentially...

Methodists: missions, north andros, apartment upstairs
north andros, apartment upstairs, united methodist volunteers in mission: Dear Norissa: Here are some of the mission activities listed at our United Methodist Web site, www.umc.org United Methodist Volunteers In Mission Christian Love in Action! For assistance with any project listed, contact your Jurisdictional and...

Methodists: revelation, bible study book, first century church
bible study book, first century church, revelation of john: deeta, Some of us take the Bible at face value, others do not. Some take the language in the Revelation of John as a statement of exactly what did and will happen, other as symbolic and indicative of what may have happened or might yet happen. We know...

Methodists: Woman Preachers, confession of faith, galatians 3
confession of faith, galatians 3, first sermon: Curt, If you don t want to be a United Methodist, there is nothing I can do to stop you. You are fully convinced of your position, and we are fully convinced of ours. I trust that Christ is the salvation of my soul. He died to save me from my sins....

Methodists: Confession, resurrection jesus, sacred scripture
resurrection jesus, sacred scripture, matthew chapter: This is not a real question here ... your principle purpose was to make a point, and you made it. However, I would like to offer a few remarks. I am often asked real questions about confession. Questions like: “I thought Methodists’ didn’t make Confessions.”...

Methodists: Coptic Orthodox religion, united methodists, coptic orthodox church
united methodists, coptic orthodox church, coptic christians: United Methodists and Coptic Christians have many different practices, as Christians, as well as different interpretations of the nature of Christ. United Methodists are part of the Western traditional of the Church, following the Nicene Creed and the Christological...

Methodists: communion, ancient origins, wayne tucker
ancient origins, wayne tucker, sanitary reasons: Jon Saul, The procedure is called intinction. There may be sanitary reasons for doing it today, but the practice is of ancient origins. Having the wine in the bread is akin to having the blood in the body. It is a way of receiving both at once. ...

Methodists: difference in methodists?, primitive methodist church, evangelical brethren church
primitive methodist church, evangelical brethren church, independent methodist church: The United Methodist Church is the largest methodist denomination in the US (and in the world). It formed by the merger of the Methodist Church and the United Evangelical Brethren church in 1968. It will probably be most like you re used to, but UMCs do vary...

Methodists: doctrine, free methodist church, bodily resurrection
free methodist church, bodily resurrection, resurrection of jesus: Pastor Dean, Thank you for asking. My heart is heavy these days with the rampant apostasy - dare I say heresy - in my beloved old Church. Yes, we have some prominent fools who deny the bodily resurrection, even the atoning death on the cross. I cannot...

Methodists: UM membership termination, jeaopardy, diligent inquiry
Methodists: UM membership termination, jeaopardy, diligent inquiry, surprises

Methodists: Hello, methodist book of discipline, united methodist book of discipline
methodist book of discipline, united methodist book of discipline, united methodist church: Dear Bonnie, The shortest and most direct answer to your question is yes. The duly appointed pastor of a United Methodist Church has full authority, without seeking permission from the PPR, to determine who will preach in the regular Sunday services....

Methodists: Marriage, dear ally, united methodist church
dear ally, united methodist church, roman catholic church: Dear Ally, I m sorry for the delay in responding to your question. The short answer to your question is no ... neither party has to be baptized Methodist in order to be married in a Methodist Church. I have performed at least several weddings for couples,...

Methodists: Methodist vs Catholic, denominations of christianity, nicene creeds
denominations of christianity, nicene creeds, christ united church: Dear Grace, Thank you so much for writing. You ask an interesting question. Before I proffer a response, I would really like to make a few definitions clear. Specifically, your use of the word religion. The way you appear to be using it is different...

Methodists: Methodists and Weekly Eucharist, united methodist churches, hunger and thirst
united methodist churches, hunger and thirst, roman catholic church: The reason why many United Methodist Churches do not receive Communion more frequently than once a month is rooted in the history of the formation and growth of the denomination. Early-on there were few ordained clergy -- most Methodist Churches were pastored...

Methodists: methodism, methodist worship, methodism
methodist worship, methodism, methodists: Hey, thanks for the question. Give me a hand on just what you want to know about Methodist worship. There is so much involved. There is a large variety in Methodist worship but some things are pretty much shared by all. In case you have chance - visit a...

Methodists: i need to know, practice baptism, united methodist church
practice baptism, united methodist church, father son and holy spirit: Dear Wanda, I m not sure if I understand your question. Are you asking why Methodists don t baptize? If this is your question, then the only correct answer that I can offer is that we do practice baptism, we just don t do so in a way that many Baptists...

Methodists: Please elaborate on one of your answers, frequent communion, supper at emmaus
frequent communion, supper at emmaus, methodist pastor: Dear Julie: United Methodist communion customs descend from a time in the 1700s and 1800s when there were too few ordained circuit riders to serve every church each Sunday. The ordained pastor would arrive at a location four times a year to preside...

Methodists: UM membership termination, wayne tucker, choice situation
wayne tucker, choice situation, diligent inquiry: Ben, It is Paragraph 241. If a pastor is informed that a member has without notice united with a church of another denomination, the pastor shall make diligent inquiry and, if the report is confirmed, shall enter Withdrawn after the person s name...

Methodists: UMYF, methodist pastor, broken families
methodist pastor, broken families, young lady: Dear Kurt: A meeting of both families would be an Intervention, to be done only with through training by people very close to them. I could see a first step as your both talking with the parents, separately, in confidence, explaining how you see...

Methodists: 10%, Tithe, Tithing
Tithe, Tithing, Giving: Dear Erik, Thank you for writing. Allow me to take a little while to lay out my response to your question. Some Christians will oppose the practice of tithing, claiming that it is a part of the Law; they rightly recognize that the Law ended with Christ...

Methodists: Baptism, baptism question, holy baptism
baptism question, holy baptism, confession of faith: Dear Ron, Thanks for your follow up. I ll try to answer the best I can: 1. The mark of baptism is the outward and visible sign of God s inward and spiritual grace, and hence it is the nominal outward sign for this life ... those, in this life,...

Methodists: Baptism, baptism question, united methodist church
baptism question, united methodist church, professed members: Okay ... well ... you re on the Baptized Members Roll for sure. However, to go on the professed membership roll you ll need to stand before the congregation and affirm your support of the church through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness....

Methodists: Confession, resurrection jesus, sacred scripture
resurrection jesus, sacred scripture, matthew chapter: Here is my take on your question. Methodists tend to believe that we are quite infected by evil - sins are just the outward appearance of a total person concern. Evil wants to take us down. When we focus on sins we are playing into the hand of evil. Catholics...

Methodists: Confession, resurrection jesus, sacred scripture
resurrection jesus, sacred scripture, matthew chapter: Jacob, What you have been told is not entirely true. United Methodists most certainly confess our sins to one another, particularly to the one we have wronged, where doing so will not compound the hurt. We confess our corporate sins in public worship,...

Methodists: Questions, praying the rosary, intercessory prayer
Methodists: Questions, praying the rosary, intercessory prayer, intercession

Methodists: Women as pastors, mainline denomination, interpretation of the bible
Methodists: Women as pastors, mainline denomination, interpretation of the bible, biblical arguments

Methodists: Is god a male or female or niether, God, Gender
God, Gender, Methodist: Dear Brenda, You ask an interesting question, one that has left me thinking about it, off and on, for a few days. It s not one that I often hear because, for the most part, Methodists tend to assume that God is not just male or female but, rather, being...

Methodists: Jokes, methodist pastor, blasphemy
methodist pastor, blasphemy, sense of humor: Hello, A.J.! I see God as having a very broad sense of humor! That joke is mere fun in your words; indeed, I might use it as a sermon story. Blasphemy is a very serious opposition to God, a statement about God that is not only untrue, but which turns...

Methodists: Profit from the gospel, 1 timothy 5, bible lessons
1 timothy 5, bible lessons, 1 corinthians 9: There are several factors to consider when publishing Bible Lessons for use in Churches. Scripture does, indeed, justify not muzzling the ox that tramples out the grain. (1 Corinthians 9:9 and 1 Timothy 5:18). This means that one who labors for the Gospel...

Methodists: Profit from the gospel, wayne tucker, hebrew text
wayne tucker, hebrew text, 1 timothy 5: Kurt, Paul complains about preachers who were in it for the money only. Even so, he admitted the Gospel was being preached, and that was a good thing, regardless of the motive of the preacher. Writing to Timothy, Paul quotes the Hebrew text, Muzzle...

Methodists: Questions, united methodist hymnal, saying the rosary
united methodist hymnal, saying the rosary, united methodist church: John Wesley, who began the Methodist movement, was very much against praying to Mary. Although the Methodist church today has a softer stance, it is still not generally accepted as proper. Methodist (and most Protestant) theology holds that we are only to...

Methodists: SPPRC/PPRC, ex officio member, veto power
ex officio member, veto power, sprc: The Staff Parish Relations Committee (or Pastor Parish Relations Committee) does not have the authority to hire / fire a pastor. In the United Methodist Church pastors are appointed by the Bishop to each church. The SPRC has the responsibility of advising...

Methodists: Sunday or Saturday, united methodist church, paul united methodist church
united methodist church, paul united methodist church, beginning of christianity: Dear Khama: The Sabbath as celebrated by the Jews, of whom Jesus was one, is the Seventh Day, as Genesis says (God rested on the Seventh Day and made it holy). Jesus himself would have observed Sabbath on Saturday. However, the church from the...

Methodists: the sabbath, sabbath school, strict regulations
sabbath school, strict regulations, keeping the sabbath: Sandra: Christian people from early times understood that Christ s Resurrection is of central importance for the Faith. They were moving outside of the Jewish set of practices and regulations and into a community of Faith centered on the person of Jesus -...

Methodists: Women as pastors, united methodists, aquila and priscilla
united methodists, aquila and priscilla, united methodist church: Stephanie, I have never been certain Paul was correct about the events in Eden. If he is wrong, then the whole premise of his argument in that stretch of Timothy falls apart. Even if he is right, that Adam was not deceived, then Adam committed the greater...

Methodists: Baptism?, wayne tucker, baptism
wayne tucker, baptism, little ones: Sara, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! These are exciting times. If someone hasn t already told you, I will: Something will go wrong at your wedding. You just hope it s minor, and either early or late; not in the middle. But something always...

Methodists: babptims, testament witness, biblical witness
testament witness, biblical witness, church interests: Dear Ashly, Thank you or writing to as avery goo two part question about Baptim. I ll do my best to address both of your questions. Firstly, while I respect your belief that baptism should be by immersion, the simple truth is that the Bible does not...

Methodists: Christening, godmother, christening
godmother, christening, methodist church: Debbie: You are going to have to ask about just what to do. It depends so much on what the pastor prefers and what congregation customs may be practiced. You can expect to respond to a question asking your intention regarding the Christian life of the child....

Methodists: Christening, south african citizen, baptism ceremony
south african citizen, baptism ceremony, wayne tucker: Faan du Toit, Congratulations on your marriage! If your newborn is to grow up as a Methodist, it would be best if you attended a Methodist Church. You might even find it necessary to transfer your membership to that congregation. I am unfamiliar with...

Methodists: Church Names, united methodist church, different faiths
united methodist church, different faiths, wayne tucker: Nancy, First, let me say that combining the churches is a marvelous idea. Second, let me say that you are free to use the word Christian in the name for the combined congregation. There are no copyrights on that one. Third, I would avoid the word...

Methodists: communion, communion, umc
communion, umc: It really depends on the local church; some churches offer weekly, some as seldom as quarterly. The average is probably monthly. However, there s a growing movement to lead the denomination in the direction of weekly communion, which was always the vision...

Methodists: concerts a sin?, responsible adult, college graduate
responsible adult, college graduate, college grad: Dea Kia, I don t believe that concerts are inherently sinful. Things can happen at concerts, etc., that could be sinful, but concerts, themselves, are not sinful. Jesus doesn t speak to concerts in any way at all, so one would be hard-pressed to prove...

Methodists: kneeling, discipline states, ascension of christ
discipline states, ascension of christ, tragic conflict: Gary, Thanks for asking. Actually, in some UMC s we do kneel frequently. Kneeling is one expression of worship. It is not the only one by any means. Given that we believe God to be present everywhere at all times, it is difficult to pick one time...

Methodists: Means of grace, sacraments of baptism, prophetic utterances
sacraments of baptism, prophetic utterances, united methodist church: The Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are the two principles means of grace for John Wesley s thought and the theological articulation of the United Methodist Church. Most precisely, they are means of receiving God s prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying...

Methodists: methodist beliefs, methodist beliefs, premarital counseling
methodist beliefs, premarital counseling, cohabitation: It will really depend on the pastor. Most pastors require premarital counseling and for the couple to at least attend worship for a few weeks. The pastor will probably require you to abstain from sex until you are married because the UMC has a strong stance...

Methodists: PPR evaluation of Pastor, ex officio member, pprc
ex officio member, pprc, annual conferences: All meetings held within churches, Annual Conferences, and other units of the church are open to the public, with the exception of PPRC and other executive and personnel committees such as clergy session of AC. So, he is permitted to come to the Church Council...

Methodists: your website is........., wonderful god, roman catholics
wonderful god, roman catholics, life of faith: Dear Jess, I m very sorry you feel this way, but I respect your right to feel and believe however you wish. AllExperts.com is a very helpful website to many, and this area deals with issues of interests to Methodists. I m sure you will find the area of...

Methodists: women pastors, resurrection of jesus christ, 1 corinthians 14
resurrection of jesus christ, 1 corinthians 14, women pastors: Dear Gary, Thank you for writing. According to: Matthew 28 Mark 16 Luke 24 John 20 The first evangelists -- the first preachers and proclaimers -- of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ were women, and the one woman who is consistently mentioned...

Methodists: disinterment of a body, s pastor, extenuating circumstances
s pastor, extenuating circumstances, response time: Apologies for the long response time. Unfortunately, there is no official Methodist belief on the subject. Disinterment is generally frowned upon unless there are extenuating circumstances. You should speak to your pastor or your father s pastor and consider...

Methodists: Emmaus Communitites, valley presbyterian church, simi valley presbyterian church
valley presbyterian church, simi valley presbyterian church, revival movement: Dorissa, The Biblical basis is found in Luke 24:25-32. Two disciples were downcast on the day of Christ resurrection, making their way to Emmaus. Jesus joined them on the road. When they expressed sadness and confusion over the events of the previous...

Methodists: Faith has no part in salvation?, st jame, women pastors
st jame, women pastors, apostolic ministry: James, If we read the scriptures we find no structures erected as church buildings, yet there they stand. If we read the scriptures, we find no reference to veneration of saints, no process of beatification, no orders, not even a hint of how the whole...

Methodists: Final Judgement, Time, judgment
Time, judgment, eternal now: Carolyn: Good question. Here is my personal opinion. We are talking here about the concept of time basic to the Christian life. Our human concept of time is quite different than that of eternal God for whom everything is . We deal with beginnings and endings...

Methodists: Emmaus Communitites, methodist congregations, emmaus communities
Methodists: Emmaus Communitites, methodist congregations, emmaus communities, wonderful grace

Methodists: Salvation and our Methodist beliefs, type conversion, aisle
Methodists: Salvation and our Methodist beliefs, type conversion, aisle, confirmation

Methodists: hOLY COMMUNION, back of the hymnal, communion rail
back of the hymnal, communion rail, communion service: Lucia, The ritual of which you speak was a part of the old Methodist Church Communion service. In 1968, when we merged with the EUB s, WE ended up with two rather different rituals. When the new hymnal finally came out in 1988 - 20 years after the merger...

Methodists: Member Discipline, wayne tucker, district superintendent
wayne tucker, district superintendent, administrative decisions: David, I am sorry that I have taken so long to get back to you. Our Book of Discipline says nothing - repeat, nothing - about Christian misconduct by a member. There are methods of handling complaints against pastors, and provisions for a church trial...

Methodists: Pastor relocations, district superintendent, pprc
district superintendent, pprc, time pastor: The appointment process involves input from many parties: the PPRC, the pastor, the district superintendent, but ultimately the bishop has authority to make and set the appointment of a pastor. Neither the pastor nor the church can demand a move. It is possible...

Methodists: Salvation and our Methodist beliefs, methodist beliefs, death of a parent
methodist beliefs, death of a parent, life experiences: David, If she trusts in Christ for the salvation of her soul, no matter what questions she may have about, or, more likely, for God, then her salvation is assured. And I know she made that assertion because it is part of the confirmation vows. By...

Methodists: Having more than 1 wife, multiple wives, society and culture
multiple wives, society and culture, cultural values: You ask an interesting question. While I m not sure as to the intention behind your question, a few remarks can be made in response. Firstly, it s important for us to remember that, In their society and culture and at that time multiple wives were not considered...

Methodists: Age of Mary, hebrew word, almah
hebrew word, almah, young virgin: We really can t say for certain, however it is likely to assume that, given the conditions described in Scripture, she was probably between the ages of 13 and 16. Perhaps as young as 12, perhaps as old as 17, but earlier rather than later seem more likely...

Methodists: alter call, respectable folks, wayne tucker
respectable folks, wayne tucker, altar call: Don, Why no altar call? Because they have forgotten their Wesleyan roots. Somewhere back in our history, after we went from a movement to a denomination, we adopted the notion that people coming forward to receive Christ were having a strictly emotional...

Methodists: Baptism, baptism question, believers baptism
baptism question, believers baptism, infant baptism: Dear Tony, Thanks for the follow-up! The prevenient grace that an unbaptized believer has received is not really any different than the prevenient grace that is typified by the outward and visible sign of Baptism. The only difference between someone...

Methodists: Blocking view of the sanctuary cross, proper decorum, united methodist church
proper decorum, united methodist church, photos of kids: Roland, In my humble opinion, the people objecting the loudest are on the verge of idolatry. The cross in the front is a piece of metal (or perhaps wood). Materially, it is nothing more than a sign and symbol. To revere it, to invest it with so much...

Methodists: Catholics/Methodist's, living presence, bishop of rome
living presence, bishop of rome, basics of christianity: Dear Lauren: United Methodism shares with Catholicism the basics of Christianity. We believe in the one God who comes to us in a Trinity of Father, Son, Spirit. Jesus the Christ is the Word of God enfleshed. He lived, was crucified, was risen. We read...

Methodists: Church Weddings, same sex marriage, christian denominations
same sex marriage, christian denominations, church weddings: I assume you re asking about people and clergy of other Christian denominations wishing to use UMC buildings for wedding services. The answer to your question is that such is permissible so long as the service doesn t violate other stipulations of the Book...

Methodists: communion, sacrament of holy communion, transitional deacons
sacrament of holy communion, transitional deacons, united methodist church: You were correct. Within the United Methodist Church a Certified Lay Speaker is not authorized to preside at the Sacrament of Holy Communion, nor are lay members of a congregation authorized to just serve themselves. In the very least, such an act would...

Methodists: Deacon-Elders in the UMC vs SBC, southern baptist convention, stewardship committee
southern baptist convention, stewardship committee, wayne tucker: John, You are correct. A United Methodist Pastor is the Chair of only the Lay Leadership Committee, and is not actually a member of any other committee unless nominated and approved through normal channels. And since he/she is the chair of the committee...

Methodists: Followup, united methodist church, arkansas conference
united methodist church, arkansas conference, john manning: Dear John: To say that you feel blindsided is indeed an understatement! If the DS officially informed the PPR Committee of the change, then all was done formally according to the Disciplne. This means that your church has no official way to refuse...

Methodists: a few questions, central myth, acts of faith
central myth, acts of faith, principle focus: Dear SSG Webb, May God bless and keep you in your service. I also hope your studies go well. The central myth of the UMC religion is that of the Christian faith in general-- specifically: that God was in Christ Jesus, that Jesus died on the cross...

Methodists: flowers and banners in sanctuary, real flowers, dear danny
real flowers, dear danny, methodist pastor: Dear Danny: You will often find folks who prefer real flowers, perhaps because the presence of growing, living plants symbolizes the incarnation of God in a living human being. Nonetheless, many people have severe allergies to flowers and their pollen....

Methodists: Gay Marriages, methodist clergy, united methodist church
methodist clergy, united methodist church, sacred worth: Nick, If that happens, there will be a split in the church, if such a split has not already occurred by then. The side that honors the Bible and the side that does not honor the Bible will divide over the issue of Biblical authority on this and many...

Methodists: Gay Marriages, gay marriages, pastors
gay marriages, pastors, clergy: You know, Nick, I can only make a guess regarding pastors who support gay marriages or are gay. What I say is only my opinion. 1. The primary support for gay marriages comes from retired pastors. In my area about 5% of the retired actively support gay marriages....

Methodists: Gay Marriages, methodist denomination, united methodist church
methodist denomination, united methodist church, gay marriages: For the most part the denominations called Methodist do not support gay marriage. I can speak primarily for my denomination, the United Methodist Church (which is the largest Methodist denomination), which says that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian...

Methodists: Gay Marriages, methodist clergy, united methodist church
methodist clergy, united methodist church, homosexual unions: Dear Nick, Thanks for your follow-up question. Many clergy do disagree with the Church s position on Homosexuality and Gay-Marriage. The fact that they do disagree with it illustrates that the Church s position is restrictive, which is what I wrote in...

Methodists: God command of killing, testament texts, god jesus
testament texts, god jesus, words of god: nick: I believe that the Bible is a record of how people understood God at various points in human development. At one people needed a God of powerful force expressed in military might so they wrote what they could grasp at the time. The I Samuel text is...

Methodists: God command of killing, god jesus, revelation of jesus christ
god jesus, revelation of jesus christ, lord of hosts: While God is depicted as giving these directions, I believe that they are far more reflective of the cultural setting and norms of their day-and-age than they are of the character and nature of the deity as we have come to know the deity through the particular...

Methodists: God command of killing, wayne tucker, jesus lover
wayne tucker, jesus lover, god jesus: Nick, Ask this atheist/agnostic why he gets to define love for the rest of the universe? How could he possibly know what love is if he refuses to acknowledge the existence of the one who loves him enough to die for him? Just because some who call themselves...

Methodists: incense burning, protestant christians, hebrew bible
protestant christians, hebrew bible, orthodox traditions: Dear Lena, Thanks for writing! I find your question interesting because I, myself, have used incense not only in my own prayer life but also in the worship life of the church. Sadly, among most Protestant Christians the use of incense in public worship...

Methodists: Methodist membership, methodist membership, sacred worth
methodist membership, sacred worth, homosexual unions: Bill, We are saved by grace, through faith. Nothing else is required of us. The process of sanctification can be thought of as voluntary. As we yield more and more - and that is a decision we choose or refuse to make - then the Holy Spirit can do more...

Methodists: Nominations Committee, disciplinary regulations, nominations committee
disciplinary regulations, nominations committee, nominating committee: To the best of my knowledge, there are no Disciplinary regulations that would restrict a pastor from inquiring, outside/prior to a meeting of the Nominations Committee, if someone would be willing to serve on committee or as the chair of a committee. Hence,...

Methodists: About Paradise and Hell, hebrew scriptures, paradise and hell
hebrew scriptures, paradise and hell, traditional bible: nick: 1. I really do not know and do not know anyone who can answer this question about heaven and hell. My guess is that in the life beyond the nature of existence will be unimaginably different. The Bible uses physical terms since that is all we can grasp...

Methodists: About Paradise and Hell, catholic translation, paradise and hell
catholic translation, paradise and hell, wayne tucker: Nick, I don t know what happened there. I hit the button to answer the question and the site did something else. Your first question is incomplete. Please look at it and ask again with a complete question. Our view on the current American Catholic...

Methodists: Throne and Lamb, revelation 5, 2 corinthians
revelation 5, 2 corinthians, methodist pastor: Dear Nick, I don t believe there is any definitive Methodist answer to these questions. However, I can give you my interpretation (as a United Methodist pastor) of the identities included here. Who is sit on the Throne in Revelation 4:10 == God...

Methodists: Throne and Lamb, methodists church, revelation of john
methodists church, revelation of john, revelation 5: Nick, Our standard of thought on these matters is In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity. On every matter that does not strike at the heart of the gospel, we think and let think. The Revelation of John is written in...

Methodists: Trinity and Jews, doctrine of the holy trinity, apostles creed
doctrine of the holy trinity, apostles creed, jesus christ is lord: Dear Nick, Those of the Jewish faith do not believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. That is Christian doctrine and affirmation of faith. As for the Old Testament Saints believing that Jesus Christ is Lord ... there is scripture to affirm that they...

Methodists: annullment, local court system, united methodist church
local court system, united methodist church, annullment: Dear Jeanette: First, I mourn with you at the pain and disappointment of your marriage. You indeed have a difficult choice, between the pain of things as they are and the broken-hearted agony of leaving. The United Methodist Church does not have...

Methodists: Birth control, methodists beliefs, old regular baptists
methodists beliefs, old regular baptists, types of birth control: Sandra, In the Social Principles, Paragraph 162, section I of the Discipline, we state that it is a good thing to keep the population from growing to the point that there are too many of us and too few resources. That point is actually a long, long way...

Methodists: Blocking the view of the Santuary Cross, symbols of the christian faith, united methodist church
symbols of the christian faith, united methodist church, photos of children: Dear Roland, I am not aware of any regulations within the Book of Discipline which would restrict the hanging of a screen or banners or anything else used in Worship in front of the church s cross. Likewise, I am not aware of any rubric within the Book...

Methodists: Board of Trustees, united methodist church, cash flow issues
united methodist church, cash flow issues, decipline: Dear Tim, I assume your church is Incorporated? If so, then you are signing as agent for the BOT and the Church and not as yourself. Hence, there shouldn t be a personal issue for you if there is an issue or problem with the church being able to pay its...

Methodists: bibles, united methodist church, study bibles
united methodist church, study bibles, national council of churches: The most common Bible in The United Methodist Church is the New Revised Standard Version; it s produced by the National Council of Churches and tends to have good scholarship for serious study. However, it s also a bit difficult to read. The New International...

Methodists: Christ's earthly reign when He returns., christian saints, earthly reign
christian saints, earthly reign, methodist pastor: Dear Dempsey: United Methodism has no official position on the question of the millenial rule. Church members have their own interpretations, ranging from pre-millenial to post-millenial to no millenium at all. Peace and grace, Bill Olewiler...

Methodists: Christianity, jesus is the way, path god
jesus is the way, path god, lord and savior: There are many different opinions on this matter, and there is no definitive Methodist response. My opinion, as a Christian and a Theologian, is that we have, in the Scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a sure and certain path for salvation. The...

Methodists: Communion, sacrament of holy communion, priesthood of all believers
sacrament of holy communion, priesthood of all believers, united methodist church: Sharon, The old answer does not look like one of mine. I rarely quote from the Discipline, nor use words such as Sacramentology. What we are talking about is two different things. On the one hand, we are talking about a necessity. The elements are...

Methodists: Conformation, apostles creed, united methodist church
apostles creed, united methodist church, confirmation ceremony: Lily, I will presume you mean confirmation with an i, and not conformation with an o. In confirmation classes, students are taught the basics of our history, our doctrines, and our polity, which is the structure that guides our activities. During...

Methodists: Confused about denominations, united methodist beliefs, spirit baptism
united methodist beliefs, spirit baptism, water baptism: Manda, The principal difference between United Methodist beliefs and Baptist beliefs is we have published ours in a book, titled The Discipline, and on-line at www.umc.org. No such documents exist for Baptists. As to your specific questions: No,...

Methodists: Denomination of Protestants
Sub-denomination is a poor way to put it, since there is no central protestant church like the Catholic church has the Vatican. Each denomination is independent. There are so many denominations because there are so many fundamental theological differences...

Methodists: Denomination of Protestants, greek orthodox church, russian orthodox church
greek orthodox church, russian orthodox church, armenian orthodox church: Dear Nick, You ask a good question. Firstly, the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Communions used to be one Church ... so, in a sense, each is a Denomination in and of itself. Secondly, Eastern Orthodoxy is broken up into multiple state...

Methodists: Denomination of Protestants, narrow confines, protestant denominations
narrow confines, protestant denominations, new pope: Nick, Because, sadly, once we began protesting some errors, we kept finding others we had brought along. The Church was never meant to be an institution, but a body, a living, breathing, growing, active, thriving spiritual organism. Bodies are like...

Methodists: Communion, united methodist church, holy communion
Methodists: Communion, united methodist church, holy communion, lay persons

Methodists: Denomination of Protestants, seven gifts of the holy spirit, catechism of the catholic church
Methodists: Denomination of Protestants, seven gifts of the holy spirit, catechism of the catholic church, franciscans dominicans

Methodists: Hell, hebrews, peril
Methodists: Hell, hebrews, peril, hell

Methodists: Hell, prodigal father, methodist pastor
prodigal father, methodist pastor, hopelessness: Dear Mary: For me, hell is separation from God, a separation that we choose when we worship ourselves, power, wealth, position, nation. The parable of the prodigal father/son teaches me that God always waits for us to return and welcomes us. The hell...

Methodists: Leasing, church parsonage, pastoral family
church parsonage, pastoral family, methodist doctrine: Dear Jim, To the best of my knowledge there is no problem with this, nor are there any statements in the Social Principles, regarding the renting out of parsonages which are not occupied by a pastoral family. I know many churches which follow this practice...

Methodists: How are Methodists and Protestants alike?, protestant denominations, protestant reformation
protestant denominations, protestant reformation, faith life: James, Protestant refers to any organized Christian group whose roots do not predate Luther. Luther protested what he considered to be excesses of the Catholic Church in his day, and started what came to be known as The Protestant Reformation. Others...

Methodists: Ministers moving from church to church...., methodist pastor, consulation
methodist pastor, consulation, methodism: Dear Jeff: Our custom of moving pastors comes from our early history, when Methodism was a movement within the Church of England. Our leaders, especially John Wesley, trained and assigned leaders to the local groups, moving them as seemed best. In...

Methodists: marriage, african methodist episcopal, methodist episcopal zion
african methodist episcopal, methodist episcopal zion, christian methodist episcopal: Kelly, That depends entirely on the stripe of Methodist in question. In the United Methodist Church, the answer is probably yes, you can be married, and no, you don t need an annulment. In the Wesleyan Methodist, the African Methodist Episcopal, the...

Methodists: Tithing and First Fruits, robbing god, matter of faith
robbing god, matter of faith, first fruits: Dear John: Your move towards tithing is a worshipful use of your income. What you have been told does indeed sound legalistic, and it is something I have never heard before. Continue to give as God leads you and thank God that you can support God...

Methodists: Tolerance of vices such as smoking and drinking alcohol, illegal drug use, smoking in public areas
illegal drug use, smoking in public areas, united methodist church: Dear Karl, The official position of the United Methodist Church on the use and misuse of Alcohol and Tobacco, as well as other drugs, can be found the Social Principles of the UMC, which is printed in every Book of Discipline. Regarding the use of Alcohol...

Methodists: Wesley as a Classical Arminian, lincoln college library, arminian theology
lincoln college library, arminian theology, hugo grotius: Dear Josh, Thanks for asking this question. It s a good one, but one I hadn t thought about before and had to do a little reading to find the answer. It would appear that Wesley first learned something of Arminius through reading some of the principle...

Methodists: Apportionments, methodist christians, wayne tucker
methodist christians, wayne tucker, apportionments: Allan, Everyone in on a fixed income. Don t believe me? Go to your boss and ask for a raise. The only people not on fixed incomes are the self-employed, and their income varies with the work they have time to do. I am thrilled to hear that you have...

Methodists: Attending the UMC, united methodist church, wayne tucker
united methodist church, wayne tucker, theological differences: J, No, you will not become a United Methodist simply by attending. There is a process by which members are received from other denominations, but only if those other denominations will grant letters of transfer. You can also join by reaffirmation of...

Methodists: baptism, wayne tucker, baptism
wayne tucker, baptism, methodist church: Sylvia, You would have to ask the priest of that parish. For our part, we recognize the eternal validity of a child s first baptism, and would not ask that a second one be performed. As I understand their position, the Catholic Church takes a similar...

Methodists: baptized, united methodists, wayne tucker
united methodists, wayne tucker, many different ways: Wendy, Depends on what you choose. The usual Here Comes The Bride is not sacred, as far as I know. But you are not required to choose that song. You could select a hymn, or a piece of Contemporary Christian Music. It s your wedding. Choose what...

Methodists: Church leadership positions, small membership church, leadership committees
small membership church, leadership committees, worship evangelism: There is an excellent series sold by Cokesbury entitled: Guidelines For Leading Your Congregation. There should be a new edition out since the last General Conference, dated 2009-2012. These are fantastic booklets describing the duties and responsibilities...

Methodists: Church Offices, church council chairperson, officer positions
church council chairperson, officer positions, ppr: Dear Phyllis, While it would not be common for the Church Council or Lay Leader to serve as chair of other committees, there is nothing in the Discipline that would strictly prohibit it. Hence, A Lay Leader could also serve as the PPR Chair, and the Treasurer...

Methodists: Committees, many blessings, sprc
many blessings, sprc, council chair: Allan, Some of it is spelled out. Some of it is just common sense. I ll get you a fuller answer on Saturday, if I can. Otherwise it will be Wednesday. Your own pastor has a copy of The Discipline, and can answer this one, but I ll take a shot at...

Methodists: Communion, sacrament of holy communion, united methodist church
sacrament of holy communion, united methodist church, communion service: Thank you for writing! Given what you have said regarding your background I am not surprised at your questions regarding the United Methodist understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and the terminology that we use for the Holy Meal. If you will...

Methodists: Communion, discipline paragraph, sacraments of baptism
discipline paragraph, sacraments of baptism, consecrated elements: Dear Larry, According to the Book of Discipline (Paragraph 340.2(b)) it is responsibility of the Ordained Elder or Licensed Pastor under appointment in the local church: 1. To administer the sacraments of baptism and the Supper of the Lord according...

Methodists: Creed and Communion, sacrament of holy communion, united methodist worship
sacrament of holy communion, united methodist worship, united methodist churches: Dear Cat, Thank you for writing. United Methodist Churches will tend to vary from congregation to congregation in their liturgical worship practices. Most United Methodist Churches, however, will include the recitation of a creed -- often the Apostles...

Methodists: cross, altar cross, wayne tucker
altar cross, wayne tucker, dumb question: Juliet, I like new questions. Thanks for asking. The three steps on the altar cross are there for style and aesthetics; appearances only. You could argue that they represent the trinity, but I have seen altar crosses with one layer, some with two,...

Methodists: early United Methodist History, wayne tucker, anglican churches
wayne tucker, anglican churches, methodist history: Brad, There are several reasons that we know of. Among them, he preached that God s grace was extended to the poor just the same as to the rich. The church folk of that day were the rich ones and did not take kindly to being equated to the poor. He...

Methodists: Membership Removal, united methodist church, gender discrimination
united methodist church, gender discrimination, crime c: I assume this question pertains to the Discipline of the United Methodist Church? If so, there are limited grounds by which a lay member may be removed from the Professed Membership status in a church. According to the 2008 Book of Discipline, ¶2702.3 and...

Methodists: methodist conversion, arp church, united methodist church
arp church, united methodist church, southern baptist church: Dear Traci, I really want to encourage you to speak to the pastor of the United Methodist Church where you are attending. The United Methodist Church practices baptism of infants as well as of youth and adults, and since your son has never been baptized it...

Methodists: methodists, protestant christianity, united methodist church
protestant christianity, united methodist church, god belief: Dear Bonni, I find it interesting that someone would make that claim about us ... it is manifestly untrue. I do not intend to offend, however whoever told you that Methodists are people who know that there is a God but don t believe in him is simply...

Methodists: Nose piercing, gold stud, tiny diamond
gold stud, tiny diamond, child of god: Dear Angela, I m not entirely sure how I can be of help to you on this issue. While piercing isn t my thing, I don t view it as a matter of morality or ethics one way or another. If it s something that has meaning to you, then do it. I applaud you...

Methodists: The original language of public worship, john and charles wesley, american tongues
john and charles wesley, american tongues, united methodists: Gregory, John and Charles Wesley were Englishmen. They wrote and spoke in English. English is the original Methodist language. If you are referring to that article of our religion that frowns on the conduct of worship in a language unknown to the people,...

Methodists: Parsonage, united methodists, trust clause
united methodists, trust clause, wayne tucker: Allan, The matter is DEFINITELY worth revisiting. I cannot understand for the life of me why the District was involved in the first place, unless it had to do with the new parsonage. There are standards for parsonages, but these are usually handled...

Methodists: Pastor's personal vehicle, wayne tucker, competent lawyer
wayne tucker, competent lawyer, state sales tax: Susan, Sales tax laws vary from state to state. I can t help you on that matter. The Trustees would have to check with a competent lawyer and/or a good accountant. I don t know the legality of the purchase, but it is clearly unethical to avoid taxes...

Methodists: Pastoral Authority/SPRC/Church Council, support staff positions, full time job
support staff positions, full time job, district superintendent: Dear Elizabeth: First, prayers for your congregation, with empathy and concern for the situation they are in. My own home church has sold the facility and merged with another because of decreasing numbers and offerings -- it is not easy to see a part...

Methodists: PPR or SPR?, wayne tucker, ppr
wayne tucker, ppr, spr: Len, If there is only the pastor, and no other persons are paid by the congregation, then PPR would be appropriate: Pastor-Parish Relations. If there are others who are paid employees, or if there is more than one clergy on staff, then SPR is appropriate:...

Methodists: pulpit ministry, pulpit ministry, united methodist church
pulpit ministry, united methodist church, ministry question: Dear Wendel, Thank you for your follow-up. In my response, bellow, I am assuming that you are part of a United Methodist Church ... or of a Methodist Church that has similar structures to ours. If this isn t the case, please feel free to write me back...

Methodists: SPR - Minister Involvement in Staff Evaluations, staff evaluations, wayne tucker
staff evaluations, wayne tucker, staff evaluation: Tom, Unless your congregation establishes a policy concerning who attends evaluation meetings, you don t have much to go on here. I would recommend that the SPRC take a policy to the Church Council indicating that only those members of the staff who...

Methodists: SPR - Pastor Involvement in Staff Evaluations, staff evaluations, staff evaluation
staff evaluations, staff evaluation, methodist pastor: Dear Tom: I ve never served a church large enough to have staff evaluation meetings. However, the pastor usually expects to attend meetings unless the chair requests the pastor leave. By the discipline, SPR can meet without the pastor s presence, but never...

Methodists: SPRC Chairperson, leadership committee, wayne tucker
leadership committee, wayne tucker, sprc: Donna, The Pastor can do that, but should not. The Discipline allows for the Lay Leadership Committee to designate the Chair of the PPR. In that the Pastor chairs the Lay Leadership Committee, these decisions usually go according to the Pastor s wishes....

Methodists: Staff Positions, wayne tucker, sprc
wayne tucker, sprc, staff positions: Len, It would be extraordinarily unusual for a pastor to attempt to set aside any decision of the SPRC concerning another member of the staff. I doubt such authority is granted in The Discipline. He or she could certainly seek to influence the committee...

Methodists: UCM and UCC / converting, united methodist church, roman catholic church
united methodist church, roman catholic church, dear joy: Dear Joy, Thanks for writing! I ll address each question in turn: 1. What are the main differences between the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ in terms of beliefs, practices, and stance on social issues? In terms of the...

Methodists: United Methodist, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran, free methodist church: Allow me to address the differences and similarities between the UMC and the Lutheran ELCA, for I have more knowledge here than elsewhere. in 2008, at our General Conference, the UMC voted to enter into Full Communion with the ELCA. This means that we...

Methodists: World Service - Apportionments, apportionments, staff salaries
apportionments, staff salaries, fiscal obligations: Do I consider the paying of apportionments mandatory? The correct answer is, of course, yes. Apportionments are not voluntary ... they should be paid as all other bills and fiscal obligations (like staff salaries and electric bills) are paid. That...

Methodists: 2nd Coming of Christ, pre tribulation rapture, times speculation
pre tribulation rapture, times speculation, united methodists: Some -- perhaps even a great many -- United Methodists certainly do believe in a literal, future 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ. I have known many who do, including many members of some of the churches which I have pastored. I, myself, have such an understanding,...

Methodists: about baptism, missionary baptist church, united methodists
missionary baptist church, united methodists, father son and holy spirit: Wesley, I can t imagine the depth or nature of the water matters to God. In the earliest Church, only three drops of water were needed; one each for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are uncertain of the depth of the Jordan where Jesus was baptized,...

Methodists: funiture, communion table, worship settings
communion table, worship settings, worship articles: Dear Mack: As it happens, placement of furniture in the worship space depends on tradition, both of the general church and of the local church. One main models are the divided chancel, with (as you face the altar) lectern on the left, pulpit on the right,...

Methodists: God's Law, second coming of jesus, sabbath day
second coming of jesus, sabbath day, heaven and earth: Craig: Thank you for personal story. It is out of such personal experience that our most passionate faith identity grows. My experience is different than yours and led me on another Christian path. I affirm your openness. I think of both you and I being held...

Methodists: God's Law, second coming of jesus, sabbath day
second coming of jesus, sabbath day, heaven and earth: Craig, If you are open to the answer I am OK with this. If you just want to argue, you can go elsewhere. I have better things to do. There is absolutely no indication in the Scriptures that Jesus wrote the commandments with his own fingers and...

Methodists: Liberal and Conservative, northeastern jurisdiction, western jurisdiction
northeastern jurisdiction, western jurisdiction, central conferences: This is a highly subjective question, so I hope you understand that my response will be entirely my own opinion, albeit based upon my experience. I have had some experience at the General Church level through attendance at General Conference, at Jurisdictional...

Methodists: Misnister's of the Methodist faith divorceing, district superintendent, getting a divorce
district superintendent, getting a divorce, church situation: Beulah: There are no Disciplinary rules that cover this exact situation. Clergy do get divorces. Some continue to serve a parish and others do not. I suggest contact with the District Superintendent for counsel or make contact with Bishop of your Annual Conference....

Methodists: NARAL, partial birth abortion, abortion procedures
partial birth abortion, abortion procedures, national abortion: I was asked a question regarding this recently and I attempted to find out, from the Board of Church and Society, what our funding levels for NARAL were. I still have not heard back from them. Suffice it to say, however, that the UMC does support the National...

Methodists: Nominations at Charge Conference, charge conference, nominations
charge conference, nominations, elections: Linda: The Charge Conference according to paragraph 247 of the 2008 Book of Discipline has among its duties electing leadership of the church upon report from the Committee of Nominations and Leadership Development. I am assuming that the Empowerment Committee...

Methodists: Old Testament laws and ordinances, disciple bible study, mosaic covenant
disciple bible study, mosaic covenant, hebrew bible: It would be safe to say that the Mosaic Covenant -- the Law -- as it is contained in the Hebrew Bible contains many principles for ethical and moral behavior; this is particularly the case when it comes to such codes as the 10 Commandments. This being said,...

Methodists: Phases of Grace, roman catholic theology, catechism of the catholic church
roman catholic theology, catechism of the catholic church, protestant theology: Dear James, I suppose you re asking about John Wesley, and did he originate the idea of Prevenient Grace? To put it simply, no. Wesley adopted the concept of Prevenient Grace from Jacobus Arminius, who was the Dutch Reformed Theologian who developed...

Methodists: relationships between religions, evangelical lutheran church, united methodist church
evangelical lutheran church, united methodist church, american revolutionary war: The United Methodist Church, and the other related branches of Methodism, are denominations of the Christian Religion. We are part of the Protestant branch of the western Church, which includes the Lutherans and the Anglicans. Methodists are very close,...

Methodists: St.. Luke and St. John, anglican monastic community, saint john the evangelist
anglican monastic community, saint john the evangelist, cowley publications: The Order of Saint Luke is an Order within the United Methodist Church; it is dedicated to sacramental and liturgical scholarship, teaching, and practice. It is not a cloistered monastic community in the traditional sense, but a dispersed community of...

Methodists: seminary accrediation, university senate, accrediation
university senate, accrediation, methodist seminary: The Seminary you are considering will need to be one that is listed by the University Senate or its equivalent as determined by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. A list of approved Seminaries can be found here: http://www.gbhem.org/site/c.lsKSL3POLvF/b.3474253/k.7A76/University_SenateApproved_Seminaries.htm...

Methodists: transfer of orders from another methodist traditon, methodist denomination, dear dinah
methodist denomination, dear dinah, lord and savior: Dear Dinah: Your question is about a depth level of the Discipline that is beyond my expertise. I would not dare to attempt an answer. It seems to me that the District Superintendent of your area, and the chair of the District Board of Ordained...

Methodists: Over view of beliefs, new member training, united methodist church
new member training, united methodist church, wayne tucker: Krissy, To be a United Methodist, you must attend a United Methodist church, request a transfer to the church, undertake the new member training that congregation employs (and that varies widely), and take the vows of membership in a service of worship....

Methodists: Wesley & Apostles Creed, nicene creeds, apostles creed
nicene creeds, apostles creed, personal devotion: Thanks for writing! I ve spent a while researching your answer, however I haven t been able to find a specific answer to your question from Wesley s own journals. However, it is within reason for us to speculate that Wesley edited out that particular Article...

Methodists: wedding sacraments, sacrament of holy communion, united methodist church
sacrament of holy communion, united methodist church, real presence: In the United Methodist Church the Sacrament of Holy Communion may be celebrated if the wedding party so desires. If it is celebrated, the entire congregation present is invited to receive, not just the wedding party. In the United Methodist Church the...

Methodists: Catholic vs. Methodist, united methodist churches, apostles creed
united methodist churches, apostles creed, living presence: Dear Jeanette: United Methodism has no official creed that states a belief about Mary. However, most United Methodist churches say the Apostles Creed ( . . . and in Jesus Christ his only son, our Lord, born of the Virgin Mary. . . ). This is a basic...

Methodists: Chairperson & PPR, local united methodist church, united methodist church
local united methodist church, united methodist church, methodist pastor: Dear Sarah: By paragraph 258 of The United Methodist Discipline, 2008, There shall be elected annually by the charge conference in each local church a committee on pastor-parish relations or staff-parish relations who are professing members of the...

Methodists: Catholic vs. Methodist, dominus vobiscum, blessed virgin mary
Methodists: Catholic vs. Methodist, dominus vobiscum, blessed virgin mary, one true god

Methodists: Penance., dominus vobiscum, anglican priest
Methodists: Penance., dominus vobiscum, anglican priest, human origin

Methodists: Healing, united methodists, god at work
united methodists, god at work, gifts of the spirit: Dear Ana: There is no official position on healing. We believe that God is present for and with the sick, and that God s will is for wholeness. Many United Methodists believe that prayer for the sick guides God s power in the direction of healing,...

Methodists: Inter-Racial Families, united methodists, april first
united methodists, april first, person face: April, First let me say how sorry I am that you have not been accepted in the Lord s house. The problem is that some folks seem to think it belongs to them. We United Methodists recognize that the Church is of God, and is open to persons of all ages,...

Methodists: Lay leader as ex officio member of other committees, formal motions, ex officio member
formal motions, ex officio member, minnesota annual conference: George: Para 251.c of the 2008 Book of Discipline says that the Lay Leader is a member of the Charge Conference , the committee on finance, the comittee on nominations and leadership development, and the Pastor Parish (Staff Parish) Relations Committee....

Methodists: Membership question, confession of faith, membership question
confession of faith, membership question, methodist pastor: Dear Gail: In my own ministry, I would ask the previous church to restore the person and send a transfer. However, if this could not be done in a reasonable time, I would receive the person by confession of faith. It s not something to be overly formal...

Methodists: Penance., wages of sin is death, guilty conscience
wages of sin is death, guilty conscience, faithful response: Jeanette, Working backwards, answering the last question first: We do not hold confession to be a sacrament. We do believe it is necessary as a first step to receiving forgiveness. Given those two positions, the next question is: Then to whom do we...

Methodists: PPR committee, world pastors, minnesota annual conference
world pastors, minnesota annual conference, persistent failure: Connie: You are correct in an ideal world. A responsible person follows through on commitments. However, in this imperfect world pastors on occasion do not follow through and may even go off on a course of their own. This probably means some fairly direct...

Methodists: placement of furniture, chancel area, united methodist church
chancel area, united methodist church, altar table: Dear Carla, The Discipline is silent on the placement of the Altar Table in the Sanctuary of a United Methodist Church. Church tradition teaches, however, that the Altar Table is to be centered in the front of the Sanctuary, preferably in the middle of...

Methodists: Riches, testament scholars, methodist pastor
testament scholars, methodist pastor, wealthy person: Dear David: Most New Testament scholars agree with you, that Jesus was financially very poor. His having to work at a craft meant he had no land, which was the basic wealth of the time. He points out, as you say, that he has no place to lay his head,...

Methodists: re-marriage, methodist churc, methodist pastor
methodist churc, methodist pastor, annulment: Dear Amanda: Best wishes for your love, and for your marriage. May it fill all your life with God s love. Since marriage is not a sacrament in United Methodism, we simply recognize civil law. If a person has been legally divorced, that person...

Methodists: Transfer of Minister, district superintendant, methodist charge
district superintendant, methodist charge, wayne tucker: Connie, Either approach would be valid. Is there not a charge-wide PPR? It might also be a good idea to hold an all-points PPR meeting to discuss the individual concerns. Give each person the right to be heard, including the pastor. Work toward understanding....

Methodists: Just wondering, united methodists, protestant denominations
united methodists, protestant denominations, wayne tucker: jewl, We do not condemn anyone who chooses to drink alcoholic beverages. We no longer expel members for drinking, as we did in the past. However we do strongly discourage any of our members from imbibing. Our preference would be that no one consume...

Methodists: Affirmation of Faith, affirmation of faith, visual reminder
affirmation of faith, visual reminder, person to person: Ned, I know of no particular place where one should look when reciting the Affirmation of Faith. If one is merely reciting it by rote, then where one looks is immaterial because the words have no real meaning. But if one is making an affirmation from...

Methodists: Baptism, roman catholic church, methodist religion
roman catholic church, methodist religion, baptismal service: Dear Maureen, I truly do suggest that you inquire with a Catholic priest about this. However, from my understanding of the current state of our relations with Rome, I don t believe it would be a problem for you to attend a Methodist Baptismal service....

Methodists: becomming a minister, united methodist church, wayne tucker
united methodist church, wayne tucker, hiv status: Keith, I am not aware of any strictures placed on an HIV positive candidate in the Indiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I had an HIV positive pastor some years ago. He had to be extra careful with communion and baptisms, for obvious...

Methodists: Christmas, winter solstice celebrations, dr gene scott
winter solstice celebrations, dr gene scott, pagans and christians: Hello, David. Thanks for asking a very timely question! You are correct in that It is a Biblical and historical certainty that Jesus was not born on December 25th. While early Christians certainly believed in the birth narratives as found in the Gospels,...

Methodists: Converting to UMC, confirmation in the catholic church, confirmation classes
confirmation in the catholic church, confirmation classes, wayne tucker: Kevin, I am a bit confused here. The subject of your question is Converting to UMC. But you ask me about the UCC. The only way you will know if any particular denomination or congregation is right for you is to attend for at least 4 weeks. If you...

Methodists: deacons, deacons ministry, sacraments of baptism
deacons ministry, sacraments of baptism, weddings and funerals: According to the Book of Discipline, a deacon’s ministry includes proclaiming and teaching the Word of God, leading in worship and in assisting elders in administering the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, forming and nurturing disciples; conducting...

Methodists: women pastors, mistranslation, 1 timothy
Methodists: women pastors, mistranslation, 1 timothy, fyi

Methodists: General Methodist Questions, united methodist church, confirmation classes
united methodist church, confirmation classes, faith journey: Dear Kevin: I don t quite understand the question about confirmation in the UMC. Those who join the church agree with its general understanding about God, Jesus, life, death, resurrection, and the purpose of the church. Then they promise to support...

Methodists: Methodist Funding of NARAL & Reproductive Choice Organizations, methodist church general board, united methodist church
methodist church general board, united methodist church, gbcs: Dear Barry, I truly do not know why I have not yet received a response from my query to the General Board of Church and Society. I find their silence very odd, for in the past when I have corresponded with one of the Church s Boards or Agencies on other...

Methodists: Pastor's salary, magistrate court, worship attendance
magistrate court, worship attendance, wayne tucker: Connie, The pastor is out of line with the Scriptures. We Christians don t sue one another; we forgive. If the money isn t there, a lawsuit is not going to make it appear. In a four-point charge, the other three churches should pick up the slack. ...

Methodists: Presiding over Communion, wayne tucker, district superintendent
wayne tucker, district superintendent, methodists: Kevin, An ordained Elder, serving a local congregation, has the final say on the content and conduct of worship in the church to which they are appointed. They may defer to the District Superintendent, but that is an option, not a requirement. If the...

Methodists: Primative Methodist and the Methodist Persona, elora ontario canada, primitive methodism
elora ontario canada, primitive methodism, strict moral code: One of the basic characteristics of Primitive Methodists was that they affirmed the enthusiastic worship practices of the open-air worship, unconfined to a church building or the other trappings of institutionalized religion. Doctrinally, they were Wesleyan...

Methodists: Question about the Methodist Church, jesus christ our lord, faith and practice
jesus christ our lord, faith and practice, outer boundary: I see and understand what you are saying. You are, though, beating around the bush. If you believe in the Bible at all, you must follow every aspect of it. If you think I am beating around the bush, then you are not understanding what I am saying. My...

Methodists: Religion, united methodist churches, sacrament of baptism
united methodist churches, sacrament of baptism, protestant denomination: Yadira, All United Methodist Churches in the US are encouraged in the strongest terms to have in place steps to protect children from abuse. This includes make certain that two or more unrelated adults are with the children at all times. We remove from...

Methodists: Salvation, united methodist church, god is a god
united methodist church, god is a god, opportunity god: Dear Steven, Thanks for writing. You ask an interesting question. In the United Methodist Church we believe that infants who die most assuredly go to heaven. We do not limit this to just those infants who have been baptized, but to all infants based...

Methodists: Sexual Morality, sexual morality, wayne tucker
sexual morality, wayne tucker, sexual expression: John, Sorry about the correction. It s an o-o-o-o-l-d habit I picked up from my Dad. The Church would like to be able to prohibit premarital sex, and a host of other sins. Life would be so much easier. But I digress. Self masturbation catches...

Methodists: salvation, saviour jesus christ, faith lesson
saviour jesus christ, faith lesson, confession of faith: Yes. Article 9 Of the Justification of Man states: We are accounted righteous before God only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by faith, only, is...

Methodists: sign at the going forth, doctrine of the holy trinity, duke divinity
doctrine of the holy trinity, duke divinity, prayers of blessing: Dear Claudia, Please know that you are on solid ground in offering blessings and dismissals using the two-finger sign. This is not just a Roman Catholic symbol, but a sign of blessing that goes back to the first century church. We find it depicted in...

Methodists: UMC Stance on a Figurative Resurrection, united methodist churches, literal resurrection
united methodist churches, literal resurrection, bishop sprague: Dear Rocky, You ask an excellent question! Please understand that I m not equivocating in this response, however the answer would have to be yes and no. Yes, you are welcome in the United Methodist Church! There are plenty of United Methodists and...

Methodists: vocation outside of church, district superintendent, frank conversation
district superintendent, frank conversation, time minister: You really need to take these matters up with the District Superintendent directly. They all have to do with appointment periods and moving and those matters must be settled at the Conference Level, in consultation with the Staff Parish Relations Committee....

Methodists: women pastors, women pastors, paragraph section
women pastors, paragraph section, jesus tomb: Tatiana, Clearly, your mind is made up, and nothing I have to say will change it. I ll try one more time, anyway. Perhaps some light of understanding can creep into the darkness you prefer. I never claimed that the women returning from the tomb - under...

Methodists: Bank Loan, south indiana conference, member congregations
south indiana conference, member congregations, initiation fee: Allan, Each Annual Conference is slightly different, but most have money to lend to member congregations. There are tighter strictures on what the money can be used for, but the terms are usually generous. In the South Indiana Conference, for instance...

Methodists: Chosen Peoples Ministry Rep in the Methodist Church, free office space, united methodist church
free office space, united methodist church, proper paperwork: Dear Meredith, Thank you for writing. I must admit that I have never heard of the Chosen Peoples Ministry before, and after a little internet search I m still not too informed as to who and what they are and support ... other than it would appear that...

Methodists: religion, hail mary full of grace, womb jesus
Methodists: religion, hail mary full of grace, womb jesus, cousin elizabeth

Methodists: holy communion, circuit churches, station churches
circuit churches, station churches, methodist congregations: Carol, In the distant past were the circuit riders, who offered the sacrament once a week. On the other side were the folks in the 13 week circuit, who received the sacrament only 4 times a year - when the circuit rider was in town. As these circuit...

Methodists: Janitorial Contract, wayne tucker, contract question
wayne tucker, contract question, landscaping services: Allan, If I hire you to clean the building in a prescribed manner by a set time week after week, and pay you a fixed wage to do so; if you complete a W-4 form; if I report your income on a W-2; if you know that I can fire you; then you are an employee....

Methodists: Pastor not beign able to vote as a member of PPR, wayne tucker, officio members
wayne tucker, officio members, ppr: Shelly, Sorry again for the delay. According to Paragraph 259.2.a the pastor is not a member of the committee, as the committee members must be members of the local church. Paragraph 259.2.e requires the pastor to attend the meetings, unless the pastor...

Methodists: What is the Pastor's role?, wayne tucker, parish committee
wayne tucker, parish committee, pastor staff: Len, Short answer? Yes. A United Methodist pastor sits on the Pastor/Staff Parish Committee. Unless the authority is delegated, that group has the power to hire and fire in the local church. The pastor may or may not wield significant influence on...

Methodists: religion, veneration of saints, united methodists
veneration of saints, united methodists, father son and holy spirit: Barb, United Methodists worship God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That leaves no room for anyone else. We honor Mary as the mother of Christ, but we do not worship her, nor pray to her. We do not practice the veneration of saints in our worship....

Methodists: Worried about my father's Marriage, united methodist church, breast cancer
united methodist church, breast cancer, economic argument: Richard, My best advice is to suggest that you and your siblings consult an attorney who specializes in family law in the state where your father lives. If you suspect that your father is acting outside his own best interest - his; not yours - then ask...

Methodists: walking in front of the altar, chancel area, chancel choir
chancel area, chancel choir, anglican churches: Dear Sue, Allow me to first answer your question directly, then provide a little bit of theological commentary. There is nothing in the Book of Discipline detailing the ordained Elder as being the only person authorized to cross the chancel in front...

Methodists: appt of chair of SPRC, leadership committee, sprc
leadership committee, sprc, leadership development: Dear Donna, Thank you for asking this question. The Paragraph of the 2008 Discipline detailing the election of members of the Pastor-Parish (a.k.a. Staff-Parish) Relations Committee is 249, Election of Leaders. It stipulates in point 3 that the Charge...

Methodists: Baptism in the UMC, going through puberty, carousing
going through puberty, carousing, attending church: Dear Erich, Thank you so much for writing and for your kind words. I also want to first welcome you back to the life and faith of the Church, and my prayer for you is that your faith may continue to grow and develop and that you might find a fruitful place...

Methodists: Board of Trustees, discipline paragraph, district superintendent
discipline paragraph, district superintendent, methodist pastor: Dear Linda: In the United Methodist Discipline, paragraph 2525, we learn that trustees are elected by the Charge Conference/Church Conference, on nomination from the Committee on Nominations or from the floor. Paragraph 2530.3 says, Vacancies occuring...

Methodists: baptism of infants, st irenaeus, infant baptism
st irenaeus, infant baptism, catacombs in rome: Dear Pam, There is very little direct scriptural support for the Baptism of Infants and young children. You might look at Acts 16:15 and 1 Cor 1:16 for some limited support, however one must be careful in proof-texting anything from scripture. A stronger...

Methodists: Communion to Homebound and the Sick, wholeness through christ, dee dee
wholeness through christ, dee dee, holy mystery: Dear Dee Dee, I m sorry! I should have asked that question first! The Book of Worship has a wonderful short service for homebound and/or those who are sick or in a nursing home. It can be found on page 80. It contains an introductory prayer, the words...

Methodists: Difference in methodist beliefs, book of common prayer, episcopal churches
book of common prayer, episcopal churches, roman catholic church: Dear Christie, Thank you for writing. You ask a very large question, and it will take a little while to answer. So, please bear with me. The differences between Baptists, Methodists, and Episcopalians can be classified into three categories: Worship...

Methodists: Discipline, ex oficio, dear linda
ex oficio, dear linda, answeres: Dear Linda, According to the book of Discipline at Paragraph 258.2a, the composition of the SPRC is outlined. Specifically regarding your question it states: ... the lay leader and a lay member of the annual Conference shall be members. It does not...

Methodists: Where do we go when we die, minutes in heaven, trumpet sounds
minutes in heaven, trumpet sounds, sweetness and light: Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can only imagine what you are going through. I haven t read 90 minutes in heaven so I can t comment on what he claims. I have read The five people you meet in heaven and I cannot recommend it at all....

Methodists: Finance Question, finance question, finance committee
finance question, finance committee, fund money: It can be done, but such funds cannot be used for a purpose other than for which they were designated when given without a vote of the Church or Charge Conference to that effect. It s not just up to he Finance Committee to make such a decision, it would have...

Methodists: Follow-up question, grief support group, wayne tucker
grief support group, wayne tucker, foundation blocks: Kathy, Not wanting to come back has nothing at all to do with how much we love them or how much they love us. It has to do with how wonderful heaven is. The Taj Mahal is a shack compared to heaven. The Grand Canyon is a plow furrow compared to heaven....

Methodists: finance committee chairman duties, charles wilhelm, finance chair
Methodists: finance committee chairman duties, charles wilhelm, finance chair, financial matter

Methodists: finance committee chairman duties, new preacher, finance chairman
new preacher, finance chairman, apportionments: Kelly, Two things. First, it isn t your church. The church is God s and will be preserved until the end of time. You are right that pastors come and go. Unfortunately, so do some petty members who believe their money is more important than their oath...

Methodists: Methodist SPRC Committee Question, district superintendent, sprc
district superintendent, sprc, committee vote: Dear Phylans: As I read the Discipline, the chair of SPRC is a member with vote in all matters, including advice concerning retention and evaluation of the pastor. Your District Superintendent would be glad to advise you, also. Peace and grace,...

Methodists: Pastor, SPRC, Lay Leadership Committee, wayne tucker, leadership committee
wayne tucker, leadership committee, nominations committee: Dear Russ: The chair of any committee has a strong influence on the deliberations of that committee. Pastors can indicate strong disapproval of a nomination that seems unfriendly or hostile. And this nominations committee proposes the membership of...

Methodists: ppr committee, wayne tucker, private committee
wayne tucker, private committee, extraordinary circumstances: Debi, Either the pastor or the PPR may call a private committee meeting. The technical term is closed. PPR is the only committee in the church that may call a closed meeting. Only PPR members may attend such a closed meeting. Two weeks notice must...

Methodists: preacher retirement from the United Methodist, united methodist ministry, wayne tucker
united methodist ministry, wayne tucker, pention: Joan, I don t know who said that, but they were incorrect. Our pensions are immediately vested. Even if we surrender our orders when active, the funds are there for us at retirement age. Sorry for the delay, and the longer answer. I needed to verify...

Methodists: SPRC Matters, wayne tucker, closing prayer
wayne tucker, closing prayer, sorry for the confusion: Linda, Thank you for understanding. In the 21 years I have been a pastor there have been five sets of changes. I learn as I go. Some lay people are reluctant to pray out loud in a group setting, preferring to leave that to the pastor. We clergy...

Methodists: Sunday School, sunday school materials, methodist materials
sunday school materials, methodist materials, social faith: Dear Kirsten: Since I know nothing about Catholic Sunday School materials, I can only answer your question indirectly. United Methodist materials present the basics of the Christian faith according to the denomination s emphases on a social faith based...

Methodists: The sacred Scriptures, god jesus christ, sacred scriptures
god jesus christ, sacred scriptures, human authors: Dear Milton, Thank you for asking your question. It s a simple one, but the response will take a little bit of time, so please bear with me. As a Christian, a United Methodist, a Theologian, and a Pastor, I would assert that the Bible contains the word...

Methodists: Trustees, temporal leadership, trustee chair
temporal leadership, trustee chair, trustee election: George, If the Trustees have voted on plan A, and later a donation comes in for plan B, anyone with knowledge of the donation can bring the matter to the Ad Board. For all their authority and responsibility, the Trustees, like all other committees, are...

Methodists: angels, methodists, belive
methodists, belive, umc: Dear Pam, There are likely to be about as many opinions on the subject of Angels as there are Methodists to have them. Many Methodists -- and, particularly, conservative Methodists -- will both believe in Angels and believe that they are, indeed, among...

Methodists: Baptism, sacrament of baptism, wednesday night service
sacrament of baptism, wednesday night service, speaking in tongues: Erich, In Acts 2:38 Peter tells the assembled crowd that they must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:19 to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. In the UMC, we choose...

Methodists: The Book of Discipline, methodist congregations, many different ways
methodist congregations, many different ways, wayne tucker: Russ, As I said, Sometimes they succeed. More often they do not succeed. Too many of the delegates are from large membership churches. They are utterly out of touch with life in the smaller membership congregation. The truth is, however, that we...

Methodists: my brother, and his walk with the lord, methodist ministry, methodist congregation
methodist ministry, methodist congregation, united methodist: Ted: An earlier answer likely did not get to you. Here is what I can say about your question. Your brother needs to become involved with a United Methodist congregation and then tell the pastor about his urge to enter ministry of the church. Everyone who...

Methodists: my brother, and his walk with the lord, united methodist church, methodist congregation
united methodist church, methodist congregation, patient work: Ted: Your brother may be a right person for becoming a methodist minister. A frist step is to strike up a relationship with a methodist congregation. I am a United Methodist which is the primary methodist church in the USA. I recommend going to a United Methodist...

Methodists: building of a new church, wayne tucker, outreach ministry
wayne tucker, outreach ministry, money situation: Kathy, You would take your concerns to the Pastor and ask who in your congregation is going to be most open to listening to you. A liaison sounds like a good idea. In many such situations, each board has a member from the other. That way, they stay...

Methodists: communion, good luck charm, consecrated elements
good luck charm, consecrated elements, extreme circumstances: Dear Bruce, You ask an excellent question! What the Judicial Council did was rule that it is not proper for the Eucharist to be consecrated specifically to be used at a later time and place. In other words, consecrating the bread and the cup for the specific...

Methodists: ELDER MINISTER JOB DESCRIPTION, formal job description, methodist book of discipline
formal job description, methodist book of discipline, united methodist book of discipline: Dear Randy, The job description for an Ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church can be found in the 2008 United Methodist Book of Discipline, under the Ministry of the Ordained Paragraphs 332-335. A slightly more accessible version of a Job Description...

Methodists: Methodist vs. Catholic, methodist chuch, deciples
Methodists: Methodist vs. Catholic, methodist chuch, deciples, calender

Methodists: Gender Discrimination, female clergy, united methodist church
female clergy, united methodist church, artificial insemination: Dear Lisa: First, I don t know enough about gender discrimination law and its application to church government to be able to answer questions related to it. Both examples can be seen as unjust denial of ordination or as placing a special burden...

Methodists: joining the methodist church and baptizm, methodist church united, united methodist church
methodist church united, united methodist church, living together before marriage: Courtney: Thanks for your questions. 1. The procedure for joining depends to some extent on the practices of the congregation where you are attending. Usually a person speaks to the pastor who then outlines the process which may involve taking part in a...

Methodists: Methodist vs. Catholic, veneration of saints, maundy thursday
veneration of saints, maundy thursday, feast days: Victoria, It s not that we doubt the existence of saints, only that we hold a doctrine of equal sanctity of all believers. We believe that each Christian is given some spiritual gift(s) for the common good. Thus, all of us are on the same footing before...

Methodists: what is methodist, john and charles wesley, united methodists
john and charles wesley, united methodists, nazarene church: Hayley, Methodists, or more correctly United Methodists in my case, are Christians who take a very organized, very methodical approach to growth in discipleship. Still, we leave ample room for guidance by the Holy Spirit. Interestingly, the name...

Methodists: PSPR, wayne tucker, ministry of reconciliation
wayne tucker, ministry of reconciliation, board members: Shelly, The PSPR may have a closed meeting. Closed means members only. Now, it is true that the Lay Leader and the Lay Member to Annual Conference are full members of the PSPR Committee, and would be part of any closed meeting. But if others, not on...

Methodists: question, wayne tucker, christ movement
wayne tucker, christ movement, controversial statement: Erich, I don t usually dwell on negatives, but I can share that there are clergy and laity alike in some of the smaller denominations and independent church movements - especially the Restoration Christian church and the Church of Christ movement, and...

Methodists: Role of UM Pastor's wife, sprc, voting power
sprc, voting power, pastors wife: There is no position of Pastors Wife or Pastor s Husband, no special or unusual authority is granted to the spouse of a UM pastor (assuming there is even a spouse). A pastor s spouse usually does become a member of the church which the pastor serves,...

Methodists: Tithing followup question, united methodist church, paragraph number
united methodist church, paragraph number, minimum goal: Dear Russ: You are quite right, although the paragraph number is 630 in the 2008 Book of Discipline. I had looked in the Book of Resolutions, not the Discipline. Thank you -- I ve learned something! Peace and grace, Bill Olewiler United Methodist...

Methodists: tithing, accepting god, teaching peace
accepting god, teaching peace, methodist pastor: Dear Trina: United Methodism does not accept the Old Testament custom of tithing as a commandment for Christians. We do,of course, emphasize accepting God s good gifts for ourselves with thanksgiving, and returning thanks to God by giving our our time,...

Methodists: Writing a declaration of intent, theological declaration, theological reflection
theological declaration, theological reflection, sponsoring church: Dear John, You are being asked to write about your calling to ministry. I cannot tell you what your calling should contain -- only you can determine that -- however, it would probably be accurate to say that they want you to articulate how you understand...

Methodists: Acceptable Use of UMC Buildings, different denominations, church ie
different denominations, church ie, wayne tucker: Rene Sorry for the delay. I m still officially on vacation status. There are congregations which are called federated. These consist of two congregations from different denominations sharing a worship space. They generally alternate pastors, UMC,...

Methodists: baptism, baptism question, united methodists
baptism question, united methodists, wayne tucker: Amanda, I can t know if another person is saved. One of our United Methodist beliefs is that the saved can have an assurance of their own salvation. But that does not extend to knowing about others. Here is my take on the reliability of the Scriptures:...

Methodists: Child Baptism, adult baptism, testament evidence
adult baptism, testament evidence, infant baptism: What Methodists say regarding the baptism of infants can be summed up in a few short sentences (which I will probably expound upon far beyond my initial intent.) Based upon the New Testament evidence as a whole and upon the practice of the church in subsequent...

Methodists: Church Leader, presumption of innocence, council delegate
presumption of innocence, council delegate, conference delegate: Dear Liz: For guidance, I turn to how pastors are treated when under major accusations. Usually, the DS will relieve them of their duties until the charges are dealt with, one way or another. On the other hand, your member has not been accused of molesting...

Methodists: Church Leader accused of crime, conference delegate, criminal defense attorney
conference delegate, criminal defense attorney, drug cartel: Since he has only been indicted, and has not be convicted, he should be treated as innocent until proven guilty. However, it would also be appropriate for him to voluntarily step down from any positions he currently holds; if not found guilty of the charges,...

Methodists: Constitutional Amendment I - another question, judicial council decision, profession of faith
judicial council decision, profession of faith, wayne tucker: Russ, Sorry, I was focused on the other part of the question. I can t speak for all pastors. I employ a rigorous preparation process including group instruction, independent study, and one-to-one interviews. I conduct the interviews whether a person...

Methodists: Constitutional Amendment I, united methodist church, constituent body
united methodist church, constituent body, sacred worth: You ve asked an interesting question; after thinking about it and inquiring with several other UM clergy, I must say that most clergy do not exercise much, if any, discernment in determining readiness for membership. We normally simply receive people on...

Methodists: cross, wayne tucker, two candles
wayne tucker, two candles, rough wood: Vickie, If it is written somewhere, I have never seen it. Typically, you will find one cross and two candles on a small table in the front. That cross represents the one cross of Christ. Others could be used as well. Right now there are two crosses...

Methodists: Demography, united methodist church, unitedmethodist
united methodist church, unitedmethodist, research resource: Kevin: I do not have the data ahead of me at the moment. The best I can do is to refer you to a research resource that will have the data. http://fact.hartsem.edu/denom/unitedmethodist.htm Get back to me if this is not adequate. Delton dkrueger@visi.co...

Methodists: The Devil, jesus in the wilderness, literal devil
jesus in the wilderness, literal devil, genesis text: Mike, Our official position is that Satan is a real being, a literal devil. We hold this position because Jesus took him seriously. Whether or not the serpent is the devil is up for debate. There is nothing in the Genesis text to indicate that they...

Methodists: The Devil, heaven into hell, early translation of the bible
Methodists: The Devil, heaven into hell, early translation of the bible, united methodist church

Methodists: Methodist receiving communion at a Catholic Church, dominus vobiscum, judas the betrayer
Methodists: Methodist receiving communion at a Catholic Church, dominus vobiscum, judas the betrayer, pax christi

Methodists: Saints, st padre pio, st catherine of siena
Methodists: Saints, st padre pio, st catherine of siena, st colette

Methodists: Methodist receiving communion at a Catholic Church, methodist perspective, protestant church
methodist perspective, protestant church, catholic priests: Dear Lesa: In my 25+ years of pastoring in Virginia, I had several mixed faith couples/families. They would attend their Protestant church one Sunday, and the Catholic church the next. They scheduled their Protestant visits so that the Protestant could...

Methodists: Methodist vs. Catholic, veneration of saints, maundy thursday
veneration of saints, maundy thursday, feast days: Victoria, It s not that we doubt the existence of saints, only that we hold a doctrine of equal sanctity of all believers. We believe that each Christian is given some spiritual gift(s) for the common good. Thus, all of us are on the same footing before...

Methodists: ministry, wayne tucker, ordained ministry
wayne tucker, ordained ministry, methodist minister: Peyton, The first thing you have to do is to be a member in good standing for a year. Then you need to talk to your local pastor who can start the process. You will become a certified candidate at the district level. Next you will be transferred...

Methodists: Saints, veneration of saints, priesthood of all believers
veneration of saints, priesthood of all believers, united methodists: Glen, Thanks for asking. United Methodists are one in a long line of Protestant denominations. We hold a doctrine of the priesthood of all believers - derived from Peter s teaching - and reject the veneration of saints, as there is no Biblical position...

Methodists: UMC Building Use Policy at the Conference Level, hillcrest united methodist church, worldwide church of god
hillcrest united methodist church, worldwide church of god, united methodist church: Rene: Yes, there are many precedents for use of a UMC property for other Christian churches. An example is Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Bloomington, MN where a congregation of the former Worldwide Church of God - now called Grace International - ...

Methodists: Baptism and Salvation UMC and Baptist differences, holy baptism, infant baptism
holy baptism, infant baptism, confession of faith: Dear Bill, The official doctrinal position of The United Methodist Church on the sacrament of Holy Baptism can be found in the Methodist Articles of Religion and in The Confession of Faith: Baptism is not only a sign of profession and mark of difference...

Methodists: Chancel area redesign, chancel area, united methodist church
chancel area, united methodist church, several different ways: Different Churches have their chancels arranged in different ways. In the 1970s and 1980s the divided Pulpit & Lectern arrangement was most popular, and some of our churches still maintain that set-up. Other churches have gone to a single pulpit. Other churches...

Methodists: Constitutional Amendment XIX (19), fellow clergy, membership churches
fellow clergy, membership churches, jurisdictional conferences: I m afraid that you are laboring under a severe misunderstanding of how Annual Conference Membership functions, and particularly-so relative to what clergy membership means and whom the clergy represent. To put it simply, the clergy members of the Annual...

Methodists: catholic-methodist baptism?, united methodists, united methodist church
united methodists, united methodist church, methodist baptism: Dear Sara: United Methodists and Catholics agree that baptism is into the overall church of Jesus Christ, not into any of its denominations. Catholics and United Methodists recognize each other s baptisms. Your baby will be fully accepted as a baptised...

Methodists: Duties of the Chairperson on Finance, wayne tucker, finance chair
wayne tucker, finance chair, chairperson: Petra, I have not yet read the new Discipline, but unless it was changed in 2008, there is no restriction prohibiting the Finance Chair from being one of the unrelated people who count the money for the church. Now, if the Chair is related to one of...

Methodists: catholic-methodist baptism?, father son and holy spirit, dear bill
Methodists: catholic-methodist baptism?, father son and holy spirit, dear bill, baptism

Methodists: Lighting of Altar Candles, god in our midst, jesus as the light of the world
god in our midst, jesus as the light of the world, altar candles: Amy, Generally, the candles are lighted at the beginning of worship and extinguished at the end. The acolytes typically carry the flame in and out. I know of no hard and fast rules that dictate any of this. The candles are lighted to show the presence...

Methodists: Modern Affirmation, methodist episcopal church, christian manifesto
methodist episcopal church, christian manifesto, substitutionary atonement: I m so sorry that it took so long for me to get back to you with this response, but I was busy this week with Annual Conference and, subsequently, with other duties that piled up while I was away. The Modern Affirmation , which is found at 885 in the back...

Methodists: resigning membership, renewing your vows, wayne tucker
renewing your vows, wayne tucker, current church: Audrey, I am sure you have your reasons for not attending or participating. Write or call the church which holds your membership and ask that it be withdrawn. If you do eventually decide to unite with another congregation, you can do so by renewing...

Methodists: sprinkleing, true baptism, christian baptism
true baptism, christian baptism, jesus period: Dear Kenneth, It will be helpful to consider that Christian Baptism actually means submersion into Christ Jesus, not into water. Allow me to repeat that: Christian Baptism is submersion into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Period. How that...

Methodists: baptism of babies, sacrament of baptism, methodist pastors
sacrament of baptism, methodist pastors, infant baptism: Miguel, United Methodist pastors have the authority to decide whether or not they will administer the sacrament of baptism. For most of us, that means we want to see how well the parent(s) are prepared and able to carry out the promises they will make....

Methodists: Converting, wayne tucker, welcome to the fold
wayne tucker, welcome to the fold, name of jesus: Susan, I am guessing here, but I suspect that you were baptized into the name of Jesus, only. Our baptism is in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. You would want to speak with the pastor of the congregation you plan to...

Methodists: candles, instructional rubrics, protestant congregations
instructional rubrics, protestant congregations, united methodist church: kc, I can only speak of the United Methodist Church with any authority. I have never in all my readings encountered anything in the Discipline that stipulates anything concerning worship. Those matters are deferred to The Book Of Worship or to The...

Methodists: christening, church of england, baptism
church of england, baptism: Linda: I assume you means church of england when you say c of e . And I am not informed about church of england policies regarding such matters. I would doubt that missing a worship service would disqalify anyone for baptism. Best talk with a clergy...

Methodists: Death, wayne tucker, word usage
wayne tucker, word usage, kingdom of god: Mary, I am not entirely certain of your question. I think you are asking if a Methodist can have a funeral in a Catholic church. That would depend on the the priest and the diocese. In truth, it matters little to the deceased. They are already beyond...

Methodists: Eucharist, sacrament of holy communion, holy spirit god
sacrament of holy communion, holy spirit god, united methodists: Dear Haani, United Methodists are part of the catholic tradition in the Church which teaches that the Sacraments are means of grace; when a believer partakes of the elements of Holy Communion we affirm that God s grace is communicated to them. In the instrumental...

Methodists: ex-officio members, church council chairperson, ex officio member
church council chairperson, ex officio member, council chair: The Church Council Chairperson is an ex-officio member of every committee of the church except for those committees where they have either been appointed by the Nominating as a statutory member (i.e., member by nomination, not by virtue of being Council Chair)...

Methodists: Holy Communion, church communion, christ churches
church communion, christ churches, anglican church: The practice of partaking of the Eucharist using the small shot glasses is reflective of an old protestant practice where communion was received in the pews. In the Methodist Church the shot-glasses became popular for a period of time (the mid 20th century),...

Methodists: holy club questions, bible time, starter questions
bible time, starter questions, club questions: Cynthia, These are John Wesley s self-examination questions. Some of them stemmed from his days with the Holy Club, but many of them developed over the years of his traveling ministry. As you can see, sometimes the better answer is yes and sometimes...

Methodists: Methodist church, clergy women, methodist clergy
clergy women, methodist clergy, united methodist church: Ah, thank you for the clarification! Yes, there will be some significant differences between the United Methodist Church and the Southern Baptist Church, and particularly so given the region where you are living (the northwest). The UMC will tend to be more...

Methodists: Other religions., buddhist ideas, atheistic religion
buddhist ideas, atheistic religion, united methodists: Jim, Sorry for the delay. United Methodists are part of the continuing Protestant Reformation. As such, we place a high value on the veracity of Scripture. For us, the Bible is the sufficient rule for both faith and practice. Thus, nothing else is...

Methodists: Rebaptisium, infant baptism, baptismal covenant
infant baptism, baptismal covenant, faith and practice: Billie, We have a number of ways to reaffirm our baptismal covenant short of re-baptism. For us, Baptism is not about what the preacher believes, says, or does; or even about what the person being baptized does, or says, believes. For us, Baptism is...

Methodists: SDA to UMC, founder of methodism, sabbath rest
founder of methodism, sabbath rest, united methodist church: How does the UMC interpret the 4th commandment of resting on the 7th day of the week to observe the sabbath? The United Methodist Church approaches the 4th Commandment based upon the teachings of Jesus, specifically that the sabbath was made for human...

Methodists: Serving Communion when not licensed, sacrament of holy communion, consecrated elements
sacrament of holy communion, consecrated elements, 1 corinthians 11: Dear Caroline, I understand that you are working within a difficult set of circumstances; having been appointed to serve as pastor of a church prior to being licensed as a Local Pastor places you in a quandary relative to the administration of the Sacraments....

Methodists: supply pastor?, wayne tucker, question thanks
wayne tucker, question thanks, pastors: Russ, You are correct that SY means Supply Pastor. I have emailed one of the supply persons to find out what it means in their case. That might not give me a general answer, but it will be an answer. Respectfully, Wayne Tucker p.s. Thanks...

Methodists: salvation video, alpha project, absolute need
alpha project, absolute need, ambient sound: Dear Greg, I found the video straight forward and honest, both in terms of its sincerity and desire to make its point clearly. It certainly is one way to make the point that Salvation isn t about getting close it s about God s grace in Jesus Christ and...

Methodists: salvation video, cue cards, wayne tucker
cue cards, wayne tucker, youtube video: Greg, The idea of the building is great. I especially like the Comparison Chart. But you really need to work on the presentation. Even Cue Cards would be better than reading it from a text in your hand. And you should quote the text of the scriptures...

Methodists: wedding ceremony, united methodist church, proper protocol
united methodist church, proper protocol, ministerial functions: It is a matter of pastoral authority as well as good protocol that the appointed pastor at least authorize all weddings in the churches to which they are appointed as pastor-in-charge. All ministerial, pastoral and sacramental functions in a UM church are...

Methodists: Abortion, partial birth abortion, discipline paragraph
partial birth abortion, discipline paragraph, abortion providers: Terry, We hold that God sets the boundaries of human existence through birth and death. While humans have always had some control over the end of our lives, we now have the awesome power to decide whether, in fact, a child will even be born. The full...

Methodists: AFFILIATION, ghana west africa, united methodist church
ghana west africa, united methodist church, verona nj: Eric: Yesterday, August 24, I called the office of the District Superintendent and spoke with the assistant to Rev. Castello. She received my message and then I sent on to her a copy of the email from you. She will tell Rv. Castello of the call from me....

Methodists: Apostolic ministry, Trinity, John and Charles Wesley
Trinity, John and Charles Wesley, universal catholic church: Glen: United Methodists see ourselves as part of the catholic (universal) church made up of a huge variety of traditions that find their identity in Jesus Christ and world wide the community of faith with over 2 billion adherents. The basis of the Methodist...

Methodists: adam and eve, earth creature, story of adam and eve
earth creature, story of adam and eve, adam and eve: Dear Chuck, There are going to be a great many different opinions on this subject. However, to say, categorically, that methodists don t believe in adam and eve would not, strictly speaking, be true. While I would venture to guess that a large number...

Methodists: Bible, Bible, New Revised Standard Version
Bible, New Revised Standard Version: Chris: No single edition of the Bible is used across the denomination called Methodist. My guess is that the New Revised Standard Version is one of the most used versions in the USA. In certain parts of the church the King James Version is frequently used....

Methodists: Church Council Vote, 2008 kbook of Discipline, Church Council
2008 kbook of Discipline, Church Council: Linda: Regulations regarding the Church Council are found in the 2008 Book of Discipline, paragraph 252 on pages 167-169. You will note that 252.5 on Membership includes the pastor/s as Council members. .5 also refers to paragraph 243 referring to persons...

Methodists: Confusion, nina nina, sexual intimacy
nina nina, sexual intimacy, wayne tucker: Nina, Sexual contact, sexual intimacy where genitals are involved is reserved for marriage. When singles engage in sexual activity it is called the sin of fornication. Matthew 15 and Mark 7 both indicate that fornication is the result of an evil desire...

Methodists: Converting from Mormonism, superintendent welcome, mormon church
superintendent welcome, mormon church, wayne tucker: Chris, I looked in The Book Of Discipline, and can t find any mention of Mormons. I have colleagues who insist on baptism according to the United Methodist formula for Mormons wishing to unite with our church. I have other colleagues who do not adhere...

Methodists: church, speaking in tonues
speaking in tonues: Tammy: Some Methodists believe in and personally practice speaking in tongues. Some congregations encourage speaking in tongues. It is safe to say that most Methodist do not practice speaking in tongues. Since being filled with the Holy Ghost means different...

Methodists: church committees, church committees, wayne tucker
church committees, wayne tucker, spouse works: Lee, I know of no restrictions for spousal committee membership other than SPRC. It would probably be best that they not serve on any committee that has direct decision making authority over the area where the spouse works, but those cases would be rare,...

Methodists: How close is the United Methodists are to the Episcopal Church, catholic vestments, episcopal areas
catholic vestments, episcopal areas, united methodists: Thank you for writing back. I m not sure you have a question here; rather, you re making an observation and stating a few about the trending nature of the UMC. And, you are correct: over the past 20 years the UMC has been trending a bit more conservative...

Methodists: Eternal Security, sacrament of holy communion, sexual addictions
sacrament of holy communion, sexual addictions, asking god for forgiveness: Dear Greg, I understand your situation, however understand that you wouldn t be having these thoughts and concerns if God s Holy Spirit were not working on you to attempt and draw you away from your sexual addictions. The pernicious evil within these addictions...

Methodists: Eternal Security, accountability partner, lord and savior
accountability partner, lord and savior, asking god for forgiveness: Greg, Keep reading the Bible, and start putting into practice what you read. If you are still worried about your salvation, chances are you still have it. But you will want to get rid of this infectious sin. The two best resources I can suggest are...

Methodists: Eternal Security, sexual images
sexual images: Greg: Congratulations on the courage to ask your question. All spiritual men and boys go through a crisis of soul over their sexual growth. Here is the start of an answer. Get back if you want me to say more. 1. Your sexual desires and thoughts are normal...

Methodists: Evolution, niceville fl, united methodist church
niceville fl, united methodist church, biological evolution: I don t know about any statements in 1984, but until the 2008 General Conference The United Methodist Church had no official statement regarding Evolutionary Theory. In 2008 the following was added to our Social Principles, in the Science and Technology section:...

Methodists: Apostolic ministry, pope st sylvester, sacred scripture bible
Methodists: Apostolic ministry, pope st sylvester, sacred scripture bible, pope paul vi

Methodists: Converting from Mormonism, christian baptism, united methodist church
Methodists: Converting from Mormonism, christian baptism, united methodist church, holy trinity

Methodists: old law, observing the sabbath, animal sacrifice
Methodists: old law, observing the sabbath, animal sacrifice, feast days

Methodists: hierarchy of the Methodist church, thumb nail sketch, united methodist church
thumb nail sketch, united methodist church, episcopal areas: The United Methodist Church has an Episcopal Polity (government), with Bishop s who are responsible for the temporal and spiritual affairs of the clergy and churches in the region where they have been appointed. In the UMC we call these regions Conferences...

Methodists: hiring the pastor's wife - follow up, uncomfortable situation, displeasure
uncomfortable situation, displeasure, propriety: This is truly a mess. It sounds like your pastor is trying to set up appropriate lines of authority and oversight relative to the ministry that this contractor will perform. It s appropriate to try and do this, and thus fix some of the mess. It does...

Methodists: hiring the pastor's wife, finance comm, church volunteers
finance comm, church volunteers, decision questions: QUESTIONS: (1) Is it ethical for the pastor to ask a congregation to employ his wife at his church? In my opinion -- and this is just my opinion -- I don t believe it advisable for a pastor to have the church which they serve employ their spouse. It could...

Methodists: Love Offering for Pastor, christian response, finance committee
christian response, finance committee, margie: Dear Margie, I m sorry to read that there would be members of the Finance Committee who would object to a love offering being collected for your pastor. Personally, as a pastor, I find it ironic that they re objecting to offering their pastor an expression...

Methodists: Methodist/Baptist, new world translation, john and charles wesley
new world translation, john and charles wesley, tongues of flame: Brittany, The most obvious differences between Methodists and Baptists are organizational. We have Bishops, they don t. They have congregational governance; ours is connectional. Their theology is usually Calvinist, with an emphasis on the law of God...

Methodists: mormon-methodist, nicene creeds, united methodist church
nicene creeds, united methodist church, jesus christ of latter day saints: Dear Chris, Welcome to the United Methodist Church! I pray that you have found a loving and accepting church home and that your growth in grace will be furthered through all the means of grace in the family of faith. Unfortunately, the United Methodist...

Methodists: old law, Trinity, Judaism
Trinity, Judaism, Islam: Alex: You question is well stated and supported. I will respond in several ways. 1. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all claim to be Abrahamic. Baha i also can be included. They have succeeded each other and claim to be the way for today. Each of these religions...

Methodists: old law, mosaic covenant, alex dear
mosaic covenant, alex dear, eternal covenant: Dear Alex, Thank you for your question. It is an interesting one. Allow me to address it from several directions. Firstly, The Old Covenant is established not for salvation s sake but, rather, (a) for setting the ground rules for the Hebrew People...

Methodists: old law, mosaic covenant, coming of the holy spirit
mosaic covenant, coming of the holy spirit, psalm 111: Alex, Intriguing question. Thanks for asking. The New Testament is called New because of Christ. His death on the cross, his resurrection and ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit mark a change in time for humanity. Jesus himself said, I did...

Methodists: proper attire for baptism, baptism, clothing
baptism, clothing: Gretchen: The proper attire depends to an extent on the community in which you life and the way in which you see people dressing for important events. The general rule is to dress in keeping with your family style. People range from highly formal to quite...

Methodists: proper attire for baptism, wayne tucker, girls ages
wayne tucker, girls ages, proper attire: Gretchen, Your local congregation may have its own unique customs, but generally children wear for baptism what they typically wear to worship; maybe a little fancier. Ask your pastor if there are any particulars. Since we usually baptize infants by...

Methodists: Scripture refenc, intelligent design theory, fingerprints of god
intelligent design theory, fingerprints of god, natural revelation: Dear Jon, Thank you for writing. Your question is a frequent one, and one which merits a response. Firstly, Paul states in Romans 1:19-21 that no one is ignorant when it comes to the existence of God. The creation -- the universe at large and at small...

Methodists: Sex, monogamous heterosexual marriage, marriage covenant
monogamous heterosexual marriage, marriage covenant, united methodist church: Dear Jennifer, Since you have asked this question I must assume that you are willing to receive an honest answer, even if it differs somewhat from what your question indicates you wish to receive. Hence, I shall give you both the opinion of the Church...

Methodists: "Supply Pastor" update?, conference relationship, wayne tucker
conference relationship, wayne tucker, district superintendent: Russ, I have the answer finally. Supply pastors are lay people who have the desire and the time and some ability to serve in the pulpit. Most are encouraged to seek Local Pastor s training, so that there is a common base of understanding. Some Supply...

Methodists: supply pastor?, wayne tucker, question thanks
wayne tucker, question thanks, pastors: Russ, You are correct that SY means Supply Pastor. I have emailed one of the supply persons to find out what it means in their case. That might not give me a general answer, but it will be an answer. Respectfully, Wayne Tucker p.s. Thanks...

Methodists: Trustees of the Churh, wayne tucker, committee chairs
wayne tucker, committee chairs, strictures: Ruth, The Round Table can establish a fund specifically for the Trustees, or can set limits for them to draw from the General Fund. Once these funds are set up, then policies can be put into place governing how much can be spent without further approval....

Methodists: The AG Church, pentecostal college, valley forge christian college
pentecostal college, valley forge christian college, bible doctrines: Dear Daniel, Thanks for writing! I m sorry it s taken so long for me to get back to you, but it s been a busy week! I pray your studies are going well and that, as you prepare for the ordained ministry, God will truly bless you and guide your path. It...

Methodists: Annual Conference Rules, discipline paragraph, church council members
discipline paragraph, church council members, district superintendent: There is a very precise difference between a Church and a Charge Conference. According to the 2008 Book of Discipline, Paragraph 246, a Charge Conference is a meeting of the Representative Lay Leadership -- i.e., all Church Council members -- and retired...

Methodists: baptism, father son and holy spirit, wayne tucker
father son and holy spirit, wayne tucker, scallop shell: Frank, If Jesus was ankle deep in the river, he would have been said to be coming out of the water. Children jumping in puddles are told to get out of the water. It s a figure of speech, not a statement of doctrine. Plus, we know from the study of...

Methodists: Children serving communion, discipline paragraph, sacraments of baptism
discipline paragraph, sacraments of baptism, consecrated elements: Charles: In my experience there have been services where I have observed elementary age children serving the elements of communion. There are various opinions as to whether baptized children can be thought of as members of the church. The local pastor s opinion...

Methodists: Church Council Membership/Vote, church staff member, methodist pastors
church staff member, methodist pastors, consensus model: Linda, As I said before, every member of the congregation has a voice at such meetings, but only the Charge Conference can decide who has a vote. Pastoral vacations are generally part of the Annual Conference standards. Congregations agree to the standards...

Methodists: Coveting prayers, google search, 10th commandment
google search, 10th commandment, quotation marks: Dear Jean, This is an interesting question. It s a phase I have used, often, when I have requested the prayers of other Christians on my behalf or when my sisters and brothers in Christ have told me that they will be praying for me. It mean that I desire...

Methodists: Cremation/United Methodist Doctrine, resurrection body, united methodist church
resurrection body, united methodist church, methodist doctrine: Michael, As far as I can find, neither The Discipline, nor The Book Of Worship specifically address cremation, so no statements of any kind. The Book Of Worship includes the phrase coffin or urn and encourages a sensitivity to local customs. We believe...

Methodists: clergy divorce, alpha psi omega, discipline paragraph
alpha psi omega, discipline paragraph, clergy families: Kelli, Sounds like you are looking at The Book Of Resolutions. I don t have one of those. Discipline paragraph 161 is the Social Principles. Sub-paragraph C is the current text covering divorce. We have tried to steer a gracious path between the...

Methodists: Filing of a GCSRW Report for sexual ethics misconduct, sexual ethics, social principles
sexual ethics, social principles, relevant sections: Dear orbal1, The 2008 Book of Discipline and the 2008 Book of Resolutions both will contain information and details that will be of help to you. In the 2008 Book of Discipline, the relevant sections are Paragraphs 162.f (The Social Principles), 605.8...

Methodists: Filing a GCSRW Report for sexual ethics misconduct, sexual ethics policy, clergy misconduct
sexual ethics policy, clergy misconduct, district superintendent: orbal1, From our corporate web site, www.umc.org, I have this information: How to file a GCSRW Report: If you are a victim of clergy misconduct of a sexual nature, you need to: 1. First, contact the appropriate person within your annual...

Methodists: receiving communion, catholic church states, catechism of the catholic church
Methodists: receiving communion, catholic church states, catechism of the catholic church, death and resurrection

Methodists: SPRC & Pastor Salary, salary package, three churches
Methodists: SPRC & Pastor Salary, salary package, three churches, umc

Methodists: female ministers, united methodist church, genesis chapter
united methodist church, genesis chapter, female ministers: Dear Judy: The United Methodist Church looks to the first book of the Bible, to Jesus, and to St. Paul for its celebration of women as pastors, superintendents, and bishops. In Genesis, chapter 2, v. 27, we learn that human beings, male and female,...

Methodists: Infant vs Adult Baptism, adult baptism, affirmation of faith
adult baptism, affirmation of faith, believers baptism: Dear William, Thank you for writing. You find yourself in the midst of a fundamental disagreement over the nature and meaning of Christian baptism. Baptist Churches -- and, while the one you are preparing to join may call itself non-denominational, in...

Methodists: Lay Leadership, discipline paragraph, evangelism committee
discipline paragraph, evangelism committee, ministry initiatives: Dear Nancy, Congratulations! Being Lay Leader is a very important job, and the position within our United Methodist system is critical for the good functioning of any local church. From what you say about your current duties, you sound like an excellent...

Methodists: Lutheran - ELCA vs United Methodist, elca church, lutheran elca
elca church, lutheran elca, anglican priests: Stace, There are fewer differences between the ELCA and the UMC than there are between the Catholic Church and the ELCA. The principle differences between the ELCA and the UMC are on matters of worship style, sacramental emphasis, and organizational...

Methodists: Marriage, wayne tucker, matter of law
wayne tucker, matter of law, divorces: Julie, Unfortunately, in Indiana, it isn t officially a wedding unless there is a license. It is a matter of law. Divorces are now no-fault in Indiana, also a matter of law. That is not to say that I do not have colleagues who would officiate at such...

Methodists: Methodist Evangelists, associate evangelist, time evangelism
associate evangelist, time evangelism, united methodist church: I found quite a lot of information on the website of the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists, including the details regarding what ordained clergy must do in order to be certified, appointed, and serve as a General Evangelist in the UMC. ...

Methodists: Methodist paraments, united methodist church, wayne tucker
united methodist church, wayne tucker, paraments: Kathy, There are no hard and fast dates for changing the paraments. There are suggestions in the United Methodist planning calendars, and on the calendar that comes with Cokesbury bulletins. Most of the year is green. Pentecost is red. Easter and Christmas...

Methodists: Methodists & Disciples of Christ, congregational polity, disciples of christ
congregational polity, disciples of christ, united methodist church: Differences between the United Methodist Church and the Disciples of Christ will be less extreme than those with the Church of Christ, however one of the principle differences that exists between the UMC and both DoC and the CoC comes in the form of Church...

Methodists: methodist relegion, father son and holy spirit, christian witness
father son and holy spirit, christian witness, worship articles: 1. When a child is born to Methodist parents that child is usually baptized (within a year or, maybe, 2). 2. Marriages are highly important. The ritual for the service is detailed in the United Methodist Book of Worship and the Hymnal, which you can...

Methodists: Required to do liturgy?, united methodist hymnal, discipline paragraph
united methodist hymnal, discipline paragraph, weddings and funerals: Dear Jean, I think it behooves us to keep in mind that there is a great degree of latitude incorporated into the liturgies of the UMC. If one reads through both the UM Hymnal and the UM Book of Worship, with an eye toward the rubrics (the tiny red print),...

Methodists: receiving communion, wayne tucker, first communion
wayne tucker, first communion, methodist christian: Lesa, In some circles, where they haven t accepted the news that we are no longer outcasts, but separated brethren, we Protestants might still be considered sinners no matter what we do or don t do. The fact is, the Catholic Church now officially recognizes...

Methodists: SPRC MEETINGS, admin council, inviting church
admin council, inviting church, pprc: Strictly speaking, according to the 2008 Book of Discipline at Paragraph 258.2e, all meetings of the SPRC/PPRC are closed meetings. Hence, it really would be a violation of the Discipline for the SPRC to hold an open meeting of any kind. Now, this doesn...

Methodists: SPRC & Pastor Salary, wayne tucker, ppr
wayne tucker, ppr, discontent: Sandra, Paragraph 252.4.d lists among the responsibilities of the Church Council recommending the pastoral salary to the Charge Conference after receiving the recommendation of the PPR. In most congregations this action is deferred. The responsibility...

Methodists: Treasurer and Finance Chair, church finance, receipts treasurer
church finance, receipts treasurer: Clair: The 2008 Book of Discipline does not include specific counsel on your issue. However, here are some real world comments. 1. Paragraph 619.e says that the conference treasure is to provide counsel and guidance to the financial secretaries and committees...

Methodists: Trouble choosing a new religion, messengers of god, god parents
messengers of god, god parents, christ churches: Dear Blair, God bless you in your search for a church home! I believe that you are doing the right thing in examining the beliefs of various Christian Communities and then sampling a few of their congregations until you find a good fit. Your list of religious...

Methodists: terminology, altar cloths, wayne tucker
altar cloths, wayne tucker, theological significance: Ross, The general term for the fancy stuff is paraments. They are sometimes referred to as pulpit scarves and altar cloths, depending on where one places them. I am sure that the sellers have their own special terms for these items. That way,...

Methodists: UMC funding of the RCRC, religious coalition for reproductive choice, local united methodist church
religious coalition for reproductive choice, local united methodist church, united methodist church: Dear John, I have waited several days before responding to your question because I have been hoping that the General Board of Church and Society would respond to my request for details on their funding of the RCRC. Those budgets are not classified, so...

Methodists: UMC funding of RCRC, religious coalition for reproductive choice, local united methodist church
religious coalition for reproductive choice, local united methodist church, united methodist church: John, This troubles most of us greatly, and we struggle every four years to get it stopped. If the UMC pulled out of RCRC, it would almost certainly fold. Only a very small percentage of the money we put into the offering goes to the General church;...

Methodists: United Methodist and Unitarian Universalists, unitarian universalists, doctrinal standards
unitarian universalists, doctrinal standards, majority view: I m honestly skeptical about being able to identify a single majority view among UMC Elders regarding anything, much less Unitarian Universalists. For some UM Elders the general attitude will be one of strong similarity -- some UM clergy are very liberal...

Methodists: abortion, united methodist church, abortion bill
united methodist church, abortion bill, wayne tucker: Bill, Our official position is one of utter opposition to abortion when it is used for gender selection. We consider it an unacceptable form of birth control. We do recognize that there are are exceedingly rare times, such as an ectopic pregnancy, where...

Methodists: Book of Discipline, Passtor Parish Relations, Book of Discipline 2008
Passtor Parish Relations, Book of Discipline 2008, United Methodist Church: Ann: Paragraph 258.2 of the 2009 Book of Discipline on page 180 says that a committee on pastor-parish relations or staff-parish relations who are professing members of the local church or charge or associate members.... The answer to your question appears...

Methodists: board of trustees UMC, legal incorporation, trustee board
legal incorporation, trustee board, tiny chance: Since laws regarding the Incorporation of Non Profits/Churches vary from State to State, Incorporation is something that is done on a Church by Church basis. According to the Book of Discipline, it is the duty of the Board of Trustees, when authorized by the...

Methodists: Church Membership, church membership, world wide Methodist connection
church membership, world wide Methodist connection: Anna: If I read your request correctly, you were both confirmed in the church where you grew up which would mean that you were then members of that church. Since that time you have not transferred that membership if I read you rightly. Do you know what your...

Methodists: Communion and Advice, contemporary worship services, clergy students
contemporary worship services, clergy students, true presence: Dear James, I understand your quandary, and often share it. I am a fairly liturgical United Methodist pastor who teaches both the doctrine and practice of the Sacraments to clergy-students, and am continually horrified at the things I see my fellow UM...

Methodists: Dating a Methodist minister, kisses and cuddles, hugs kisses
kisses and cuddles, hugs kisses, m pastor: Hello again, Barb: Certainly your hope for greater intimacy is a suitable item for discussion, especially if, as you say, you both communicate well. My guess would be to see what happens with the hug and kiss--if he welcomes it, you can say, That...

Methodists: Evil, wayne tucker, spiritual force
wayne tucker, spiritual force, kingdom of god: Becki, Evil is both of those, and more. Evil is indeed a spiritual force opposed to righteousness and grace, it is the antithesis of mercy. Evil is also the result of the actions of most of unregenerate humanity. Those who have not come to faith in...

Methodists: Ex spouse and custody issues, clergy person, district superintendent
clergy person, district superintendent, methodist pastor: Dear Maria, I am at something of a quandary as to how to respond to your situation. The Book of Discipline outlines procedures for initiating a complaint against a clergy person that involves writing a letter to the Bishop outlining the problems involved....

Methodists: gun control, guns and ammunition, methodist presence
guns and ammunition, methodist presence, united methodist church: In 2000 The United Methodist Church s General Conference published a Resolution entitled: Gun Violence which addresses many of the issues surrounding gun control. Specifically relating to Gun Control and to legislation on the subject, this Resolution states:...

Methodists: history, memphis annual conference, memphis conference
memphis annual conference, memphis conference, missionary bishop: Nancy, Lambuth is an enrollment-limited United Methodist school. The following, from their web site gives a thumbnail sketch of the college s history: ********************************************************* On December 2, 1843, the Memphis Annual...

Methodists: Jesus' Baptism, three synoptic gospels, baptism of jesus
three synoptic gospels, baptism of jesus, blood of the lamb: This is an excellent question, and one for which there is really no simple answer. While many answers have been proposed, not all are of equal worth, some are just plain wrong, and the few which remain can often leave us wanting more. However, let s take a...

Methodists: Living the Questions, living the questions, minnesota annual conference
living the questions, minnesota annual conference, bible study: I know of the Living the Questions Bible study but have had no direct dealing with the study or groups doing the study. I have heard no negative comments from friends in the Minnesota Annual Conference. In a word, I am not familiar with the study. Pastor...

Methodists: Officers, attendance patterns, church attendance
attendance patterns, church attendance, attendance record: Dear Sarah, Allow me to answer your question two different ways: 1. The Discipline doesn t speak to church attendance patterns relative to eligibility for committee membership. At least, I cannot find such in the current Book of Discipline (and I have...

Methodists: Order & Discipline, united methodist church, methodist pastor
united methodist church, methodist pastor, discpline: Hello again, Debra! The only United Methodist Discipline that I have encountered in 26 years of active ministry is the volume I referred to, The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. In the Book of Discpline, 2008 Edition (the...

Methodists: Other Religions, united methodists, united methodist church
united methodists, united methodist church, wayne tucker: Matthew, If you have correctly stated your pastor s position, known as universalism, then she is teaching a doctrine contrary to the Discipline - indeed, contrary to the Scriptures - and must be confronted through official channels. You have already...

Methodists: Pastor and Financial Records, needy charities, aggregate numbers
needy charities, aggregate numbers, school offerings: Elizabeth, It is certainly not customary, as far as I know, for pastors to have any detailed financial information. Aggregate numbers, such as the total of checks, the total loose cash, Sunday School offerings, and similar unidentifiable numbers are...

Methodists: Pastor relatives on governance bodies, Committee on Nomination and Leadership, Charge Conference
Committee on Nomination and Leadership, Charge Conference, District Superintendent: Lloyd: response #2: Let me try to be more direct in my response. Any policy regarding your question is to be found in a combination of Disciplinary provisions. There is no precise wording that says what you want to hear but the Discipline approaches the issue...

Methodists: Preaching in ignorance, united methodist church, history buff
united methodist church, history buff, christmas eve: I m sorry that you encountered what you did at a UMC. I must admit that I know of many UM clergy who have either a different understanding of the Christian faith, or a at least a different approach to things spiritual. The UMC is a big tent in which...

Methodists: Principals of Methodisim, wesleyan quadrilateral, hebrew scripture
wesleyan quadrilateral, hebrew scripture, hebrew scriptures: Gayle: The principles that you have heard about are what some call the Wesleyan Quadrilateral - do not try to explain that word to your children - it will distract them. The four principles describe how Methodists deal with personal and church beliefs. ...

Methodists: prayer, prayer bible study, forgiveness prayer
prayer bible study, forgiveness prayer, call to discipleship: Kim, I don t try to second-guess God or tell him how to do his job. God is sovereign, and we are his beloved subjects. Jesus was asked once whether the man born blind had sinned, or had the man s parents sinned, that he was born blind. Being born...

Methodists: Sacrament of Communion, united methodist church, communion service
united methodist church, communion service, dear jerry: Dear Jerry: The precise answer to your question is that only an ordained Elder, or a deacon or lay pastor authorized by the bishop, may preside over the Communion service. The presider may ask anyone to actually serve the bread and the cup. For example,...

Methodists: Salvation and doubt, lord and savior, christ jesus
lord and savior, christ jesus, rueben: Dear Rueben, You ask a good question. Indeed, I share your question: if one confesses and believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I cannot understand why they would have further doubt regarding their own salvation. Oh, sure, if one comes to a subsequent...

Methodists: SPRC chairmanship length of service, wayne tucker, leadership committee
wayne tucker, leadership committee, officio members: Jennifer, In Paragraph 258.2.b) of the 2008 Discipline, there is a general limitation of membership on the SPRC to two consecutive three-year terms. Because the Chair must also be a member of the committee, that would limit a person to 6 years in a row...

Methodists: BIBLES, old bibles, fire and brimstone
old bibles, fire and brimstone, baptist preacher: Dear Roger: I agree that Bibles should be disposed of respectfully. If there is no library or historical society that might want them, careful burning is one very good way to dispose of old Bibles. Peace and grace, Bill Olewiler United Methodist...

Methodists: baptism, adult baptism, believers baptism
adult baptism, believers baptism, united methodist church: Firstly, there is no fundamental difference between infant and adult baptism: both are means of grace, expressing the love and acceptance of God which comes before any response which we might make as recipients of God s grace. Baptism proclaims God s gracious...

Methodists: Committee Membership, outreach missions, united methodist church
outreach missions, united methodist church, administrative capacities: Yes and no. To serve on Church Council, to serve as Lay Leader or Member of the Annual Conference, to serve on the S/PPRC or Finance committee or as Chair of any other committee in the church, one must be a member of the Church. To serve on the Board of...

Methodists: Congregational Voting, united methodist church, property decisions
united methodist church, property decisions, district superintendent: Howard: Your question raises many issues related to property matters. There is a clear process of major property decisions and I cannot guess where the matter at your church comes uwithin this legislation. I suggest that you refer to the 2012 Book of Discipline...

Methodists: communion sacrements revision?, arms of jesus, singing in the choir
arms of jesus, singing in the choir, sacrements: David: So many feelings about what is happening. You see how changes that come are upsetting to people. It is good you speak up. I would doubt that the Annual Conference has actually changed the communion protocol but it could be. You can ask to see, in...

Methodists: Finance Committee Nominations, immediate family members, discipline states
immediate family members, discipline states, committee chairperson: Dear Gloria, Yes, two related members can serve on the Finance Committee. The Discipline states, however, that the Church s Treasurer and the Church s Financial Secretary cannot be immediate family members. The Discipline does NOT state that the Chair...

Methodists: BIBLES, dominus vobiscum, dear bill
Methodists: BIBLES, dominus vobiscum, dear bill, catholic book

Methodists: job description of a full time Methodist pastor, pastor, visiting the sick and hospitalized
pastor, visiting the sick and hospitalized, Book of Discipline 2008-2012: Donna: Thank you for a fine question. The duties of an ordained pastor are described in paragraph 340 of the 2008-2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. The specific words related to your question are in Paragraph 340.2.a).(4)To visit...

Methodists: nominating committee, change paragraph, united methodist church
change paragraph, united methodist church, class rotation: Monica: The 2008-2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church in paragraph 258.1.d authorizes that the membership (of the Committee on Nominations and Personnel) shall be divided into three classes, one of which shall be elected each each year...

Methodists: offerings, church treasurer, stewardship
church treasurer, stewardship, pulpit: Dear Jo: The Committee on Finance of the Church Council and the coordinator of Stewardship, if any, are charged with planning and meeting the yearly budget, under the supervision of the Council and the Charge Conference. They may choose which way to...

Methodists: role of nomination committee and the pastor, sunday school superintendent, nomination committee
sunday school superintendent, nomination committee, church committees: Chong: Your analysis is right on target. I was involved in 7 General Conferences where the BoD is developed and updated. A central issue was and is the balance of power between pastor and congregation in a number of organization matters. Binding legislation...

Methodists: romans 10, romans 10, arms of jesus
romans 10, arms of jesus, breath of life: Michelle: Being saved has two parts where I come from. Part of being saved to confess and believe. The other part is to practice holiness of life. And be cautious about being saved. This has to be kept up to date as long as a person has the breath of life....

Methodists: sprc continuing member, Pastor Parish Relations, Book of Discipline 2008
Pastor Parish Relations, Book of Discipline 2008, United Methodist: Susan: According to paragraph 258.2.b) of the 2008-2012 Book of Discipline, only the lay member of the annual conference and the lay leader are exempt from the three-year term rule. The paragraph also says that members of the committee can succeed themselves...

Methodists: statues, united methodist churches, blessed virgin mary
united methodist churches, blessed virgin mary, united methodist church: Dear Cathy, In general, no ... we do not have or use statues in our worship. One will often find stained glass windows, murals, paintings, tapestries, banners, paraments, crosses, and on occasion possibly even an icon in United Methodist Church Sanctuaries....

Methodists: Authority of Council vs, that of Trustees, united methodist church, common church
united methodist church, common church, district superintendent: Dan: The Trustees are answerable to the Charge Conference. See Paragraph 2528 of the 2008-2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. Pages 720-721 In the event of a conflict between Trustees and Church Council it would appear that the Charge...

Methodists: audit, Church audit, Paragraph 284.4.d)
Church audit, Paragraph 284.4.d): Susan: I assuming that you are dealing with the audit of a local church. My comments reflect that understanding. Let me know if you are asking for another context. Paragraph 258.4.d) on page 186 of the 2008-2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist...

Methodists: The Bible, books of the new testament, hebrew scriptures
books of the new testament, hebrew scriptures, christian scriptures: Dear Glen: The Bible contains the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) and the New Testament (Christian scriptures). The books of the Old/Hebrew Testament were written over the course of a thousand years and officially adopted by the Rabbis of...

Methodists: Board Meetings, united methodist church, book of discipline of the united methodist church
united methodist church, book of discipline of the united methodist church, work areas: The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2008 edition) is the official guide for the organization of a United Methodist Church. You can find a Book of Discipline in your Conference or District office, if you church doesn t have one, and you...

Methodists: Children's Council, discipline states, s council
discipline states, s council, methodist pastor: Dear Gloria: As I read paragraphs 256 and 257 of the 2008 Discipline, the Children s Council is voluntary; a church may establish it or not. The Education work area sets it up as needed, and it s responsibilities are done under and amenable to Education....

Methodists: Church conference rules, reconciliation program, district superintendent
reconciliation program, district superintendent, leadership committee: Well, the rules state that the conference can accept nominations from the floor, so I think this is a matter of no rules broken, but it was perhaps a little tacky. If you had asked the committee who they had nominated, I know of no reason why they wouldn...

Methodists: Committee Question, united methodist church, church committees
united methodist church, church committees, situation need: Ardie: Certain committee chairpersons are elected by the Charge or Church Conference. Paragraph 249 of the 2008-2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church spells out the Election of Leaders. This ruling does not cover all church committees so...

Methodists: Crucifix, united methodist churches, methodist book of discipline
united methodist churches, methodist book of discipline, united methodist book of discipline: Firstly, you are correct in that the United Methodist Book of Discipline doesn t address this matter. Neither does the Book of Worship. Secondly, I have been in and, indeed, have served United Methodist Churches which have had a crucifix somewhere in the...

Methodists: chairman duties, sign checks, finance chair
sign checks, finance chair, co signer: The person who does the church deposits should NEVER be the same person who writes checks. A financial secretary should make deposits and keep track of that side (i.e., who gave, etc). A Treasurer should be the one who keeps the books and writes the checks...

Methodists: committee chairperson, united methodist church, committee chairperson
united methodist church, committee chairperson, chair person: Belinda: If the employee of a United Methodist Church meets the requirements stated in the Book of Discipline for committee membership, it would appear that this person could be elected chair of a committee. There may be some specific exceptions. I would...

Methodists: committee voting, vote, pastor
vote, pastor, chairperson: Ron: Roberts Rules, according to my reading, says that the chair may vote if the vote is not done in a manner to influence other voters. Roberts rules do not address the pastor issue - at least I am not aware of the reference and cannot research the matter...

Methodists: communion, methodist episcopal church, many protestant denominations
methodist episcopal church, many protestant denominations, protestant congregations: For nearly 1800 years the Church used fermented wine in Holy Communion. Regardless of denomination or tradition, wine in a common cup was how communion was received. In the 1800s, however, concern over alcoholism resulted a desire amongst protestants to...

Methodists: communion with 4 year old baptised in UMC when an infant, grace of god, baptised
grace of god, baptised, pew: Dear Matilda, Bring her forward and let her receive communion if she wants to! We welcome all people, of all ages, at the table of the Lord. Understanding is always good, but even a child s faith is sufficient when partaking of the grace of God. I have...

Methodists: Dating a pastor, pastor, dating
pastor, dating, drama: Steve: What I know is that it happens. Pastors occasionally do date persons within the church they serve. This is often a surprise filled adventure. In a church folks tend to know what goes on far beyond the pastor s vision. And sometimes more than one person...

Methodists: Church conference rules, money matters, church age
Methodists: Church conference rules, money matters, church age

Methodists: Homosexual Clergy, homosexuality is a sin, cleary
Methodists: Homosexual Clergy, homosexuality is a sin, cleary, homosexual

Methodists: Homosexual Clergy, jesus christ creator, roman catholic church
jesus christ creator, roman catholic church, united methodist church: Shawn: What an interesting and many faceted question. My answer is based on my understanding of the Church in United Methodist terms. You may well disagree with policies of the UMC and yet be assured of your salvation. Your salvation is in Jesus Christ, Creator...

Methodists: Lay Leader, financial conflict, conflict of interest
financial conflict, conflict of interest, husband and wife: I looked in the Book of Discipline, and I didn t find any prohibition against it. What you may be looking for is a conflict of interest - if the Lay Leader signs checks that the Treasurer prepares, then certainly that would be a conflict and should not be...

Methodists: Liturgy in the UMC, wesleyan church, book boxes
wesleyan church, book boxes, service answer: We absolutely DO have a written liturgy. Indeed, we have many written liturgies for all kinds of services. They are found in the United Methodist Book of Worship. Also, in the United Methodist Hymnal you can find the official liturgies for the Holy Eucharist,...

Methodists: Name Use of "Methodist" Name, united methodist church, methodist churches
united methodist church, methodist churches, blessings: The name Methodist is not copyrighted to my knowledge. I know of several Methodist Churches not affliated with the United Methodist Church, which IS copyrighted. hope this helps. Please take the time to rate my answer. Blessings, Carl ...

Methodists: PPR Chairperson, district superintendant, full time job
district superintendant, full time job, associate pastors: The PPR Chair is just that, the chairperson of a committee. The whole committee should be making the decisions, not just the Chair. The Chair should not be making final decisions. The committee is responsible for hiring/firing of staff in conjunction with...

Methodists: PPRC, pertinent section, current committee
pertinent section, current committee, january 1st: Policies and procedures for the annual evaluation of the pastor is to be developed by each Annual Conference s Cabinet and Board of Ordained Ministry, so responses to this question may vary from Conference to Conference. (see Paragraph 350 in the 2008 Book...

Methodists: some more questions about baptists and methodists, united methodists, methodist pastors
united methodists, methodist pastors, independent congregations: Dear Ann: Welcome home to Methodism! Here is a short essay about Baptist and United Methodist belief. United Methodists and Baptists have much in common -- belief in God and Bible, acceptance of Jesus as Christ and savior and divine, observance...

Methodists: retired clergymen, discipline states, united methodist church
discipline states, united methodist church, disicipline: Sally- Paragraph 358 of the Discipline states that if an ordained clergyperson wishes to unite with another denomination that they must surrender their credentials. With permission from the Conference, the credentials may be returned, but with the notation...

Methodists: symbols, cross, crucifix
cross, crucifix, Book of Discipline: Nolen: 1. You are correct that the issue of Cross versus Crucifix is not addressed as such in the UM Book of Discipline. The Doctrinal History (Paragraph 102 of the 2008-2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church) addresses our emphasis on both...

Methodists: Wesley on the Lord's Supper, affirmation of faith, personal affirmation
affirmation of faith, personal affirmation, new believer: 1. Terminology: For John Wesley a Converting Ordinance was a means of grace which could serve as a portal or entrance into the church for a new believer. He believed that someone could come to the Table of the Lord as their very first act of faith,...

Methodists: Worship Leader, reading scripture, holy communion
reading scripture, holy communion, worship leader: I m not entirely sure, since most churches tend to use worship leaders on a regular basis to assist in the service -- reading scripture, leading creeds, assisting in holy communion, etc -- and not just when the pastor is on vacation, etc. Various congregations...

Methodists: wilful sin, home peace, christans
home peace, christans, methodist pastor: Dear Josh: I look at the story that Jesus told of a father whose son demanded the inheritance in advance and wasted it in months of living it up. He deliberately sinned against his father, but he discovered that the father had been waiting daily for...

Methodists: Additional questions about The Methodist Protestant Church, methodist episcopal church, methodist protestant church
methodist episcopal church, methodist protestant church, affectionate remembrance: What an interesting question. Unfortunately, I haven t got a clue on where else to go. The only suggestion that I would have would be to go the local District Superintendents office of the UM church in the area and ask if they have any archives. Any UM...

Methodists: Advent, united methodist hymnal, confession and absolution
united methodist hymnal, confession and absolution, prayers of confession: The basic prayer for Confession and Absolution would be the one found in the United Methodist Hymnal at No. 890. It reads as follows: All: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done,...

Methodists: Affirmation of Faith, holy catholic church, affirmation of faith
holy catholic church, affirmation of faith, protestant denominations: In the Apostles Creed we profess: I believe ... in the holy catholic Church.” This often catches by surprise many Protestants who aren’t used to making the affirmaiton. “I thought we were Methodists!” “I thought we were Protestants!” “I didn’t think...

Methodists: Christian Education, methodist schools, methodist beliefs
methodist schools, methodist beliefs, relationship with god: Hi! I answered your question some time back, but AllExperts tells me it never got sent. So: I would recommend Lutheran. Their theology is closest to United Methodist, and the Catholic school would emphasize the Pope s leadership, which we do not...

Methodists: Church's view concerning homosexuality, gay ordination, dear paul
gay ordination, dear paul, methodists: Dear Paul, I agree with you. In my prior responses to others regarding the UMC changing its position on homosexuality I have stated what I understand our current situation to be. I do not see any immediate change in the Discipline which would allow for...

Methodists: Colors for the Christmas season, Advent, Christmas
Advent, Christmas, Purple: Ginger: Good for you and your celebration of the Birth of Jesus. You are right on with the colors. It is true to that in some churches a variety of colors are used since there is no actual rule on what has to be used. Usually on Christmas day white or gold...

Methodists: Committees Pastor Paish, united methodist church, district superintendent
united methodist church, district superintendent, book of discipline of the united methodist church: Ray: Yes, any church officer may be removed from office using the following process. The removal of church officers is covered in paragraph 250 of the 2008-2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. A special session of the charge conference...

Methodists: Additional questions about The Methodist Protestant Church, middlesex county nj, methodist protestant church
Methodists: Additional questions about The Methodist Protestant Church, middlesex county nj, methodist protestant church, adult day care

Methodists: Gay Clergy?, gay clergy, united methodist church
gay clergy, united methodist church, sacred scripture: Dear Chris, This is the second question I ve had on this matter in recent days. I have not read the article you re referencing, but I can guess as to its content. To the best of my ability to discern, from my contacts throughout the denomination on both...

Methodists: Gay Clergy in the UMC!, gay clergy, united methodist church
gay clergy, united methodist church, two millennia: In the United Methodist Church there is plenty of room to disagree with the General Conference on matters like this. Similarly, in the appointive process by which clergy are appointed as pastors of churches, congregations generally will outline the kind of...

Methodists: holy catholic church, holy catholic church, apostle creed
holy catholic church, apostle creed, triune god: Glen: You go right to the heart of the matter. Thanks for being so direct. I do believe that the human response to God is to recognize our inability to set limits on God. Since the Triune God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit it is not my task to set limits....

Methodists: Lay Leader, discipline paragraph, worship leader
discipline paragraph, worship leader, local church: The Book of Discipline, paragraph 250.1 lists the duties and responsibilities of that job. Although there is not a requirement to become a certified speaker, sub paragraph f) of 250.1 that the lay leader is urged to become a certified lay speaker. As a...

Methodists: Methodists and Rosary, guardian angel, prayer life
guardian angel, prayer life, real presence: There is nothing wrong with you, or any Methodist, obtaining such a tool or instrument of prayer. I use a Rosary, on occasion, as an instrument to assist me in prayer. I realize that I am unusual among Methodists in this, but the Church is silent on...

Methodists: methodist view on Calvinism, perseverance of the saints, limited atonement
perseverance of the saints, limited atonement, total depravity: Dear Daniel, The United Methodist Church is, officially, Arminian when it comes to matters of import to Calvinism. Relative to Calvinism s TULIP, we affirm: T= Total Depravity. We accept this doctrine, agree that all humans are dead in sin and in need...

Methodists: Sanctuary and Communion Table, holston conference, communion table
holston conference, communion table, methodist doctrine: Firstly, his requirements regarding the Altar-Table, the conducting of the Eucharist, and the consumption of the elements following Communion, are all within his responsibility as the Pastor in Charge. The administration of the Eucharist is, per the Discipline...

Methodists: Service of Word and Table, united methodist hymnal, eucharistic liturgy
united methodist hymnal, eucharistic liturgy, substitutionary atonement: Dear John, The United Methodist Eucharistic Liturgy, as found in the Book of Worship and the United Methodist Hymnal, states blood, not cup. You are absolutely correct on this; and, there has not been a recent change in either our liturgy. Granted,...

Methodists: UMC ordination, methodist pastors, united methodist church
methodist pastors, united methodist church, district superintendent: Dear Ron: At ordination, United Methodist pastors agree to accept the United Methodist Discipline, to follow the Liturgy of The United Methodist Church, to be obedient to those appointed to supervise their ministry (such as District Superintendent and...

Methodists: women in the Methodist Church, new testament church, united methodist church
new testament church, united methodist church, galatians 3: Dear Kelley, You ask several rather HUGE questions. I ve set parts of your question aside as I ve considered it over the past few days, but I will ry to answer question as fully as limited space permits. 1. The United Methodist Church accepts women...

Methodists: 1COR 15:50-54, trumpet blasts, jewish apocalyptic literature
trumpet blasts, jewish apocalyptic literature, last trump: Dear Dick, This question is somewhat outside of my specialization, being beyond the subject of Methodism in general, however I will attempt to offer an answer anyway. The reference to The Last Trump is an apocalyptic image that can be found elsewhere...

Methodists: Abortion & Homosexuality, crisis pregnancy centers, partial birth abortion
crisis pregnancy centers, partial birth abortion, pregnancy resource centers: The UMC s official positions on both issues can be found articulated in our Social Principles as found in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Regarding Abortion, Paragraph 161.J states: Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant...

Methodists: Apostles Creed, apostles creed, faithful disciples
apostles creed, faithful disciples, disciples of christ: Ginger: Go to http://www.christianitysite.com/ApostlesCreed.htm This is part of a site that I have written for people just like you. You may find other helpful resources on this site - www.ChristianitySite.com I will remember you in my prayers for a week...

Methodists: attendance @ PPR meetings, methodist pastor, conference member
methodist pastor, conference member, council chair: Dear Pam: According to Paragraph 258, section (3)of the United Methodist Discipline (2008), The [PPR] committee shall meet in closed session, and information shared in the committee shall be confidential. Thus, the Administrative Board/Council...

Methodists: Bishop Responsibility, Bishop Lay concerns
Bishop Lay concerns: Gary: The legal answer to your question is in paragraph 414 of the 2008 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church regarding the Specific Responsibilities of Bishops. Subpoint 2 speaks to the issue of relationships with the laity. In the real world...

Methodists: Bishop Responsibility, chargeable offense, mature christians
chargeable offense, mature christians, wayne tucker: Gary, Not being a Bishop, I am unfamiliar with their exact responsibilities in these matters. In general, a bishop, or a designated DS owes all parties a fair hearing. If a chargeable offense is found, then charges may be brought. If no chargeable...

Methodists: Bishop Responsibility, umc clergy, united methodist church
umc clergy, united methodist church, district superintendent: Dear Gary, In the United Methodist Church the congregation (i.e, the PPR) is not the pastor s supervisor or boss. In the UMC clergy are appointed by the Bishop; the District Superintendent and the Bishop hold the supervisory responsibility, and day-to-day...

Methodists: Bishop Responsibility, united methodist church, district superintendent
united methodist church, district superintendent, church letters: Dear Gary: In The United Methodist Church, it is the bishop who has the sole prerogative of appointment for a local church. Letters from the members, the official vote of the PPR Committee, and the advice of the District Superintendent are advisory...

Methodists: Board of trustees, Trustees, for profit rental of church facilities
Trustees, for profit rental of church facilities, charge conference: Jeff: Paragraph 2523 of the 2008 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church deals with the Powers and Limitations of the Board of Trustees. Paragraph 2523.3 on page 723 describes dealing with outside organizations and use of church facilities. It specifically...

Methodists: Buying a parsonage, wayne tucker, parsonage
wayne tucker, parsonage, maxine: Maxine, Basically, you should be certain it meets your Conference Standards for a parsonage. Then, typically, a Church Conference is called to settle on an offer and to authorize the Trustees to close the sale. Not much more to it usually. Your DS...

Methodists: baptism/dedication, united methodist church, dedication service
united methodist church, dedication service, wayne tucker: Janie, We have never had a dedication service in the official Book Of Worship. Some UM pastors would borrow one from another denomination if the parents requested dedication. Prayer and Thanksgiving in lieu of baptism is a new one to me. It is possible...

Methodists: curiosity About Methodists, church of england priests, john and charles wesley
church of england priests, john and charles wesley, methodist denomination: Dear Wendy: Don t think I can sit down with your dozens of questions--in fact, one of the reasons for rejecting an AllExperts questions is, This looks like homework ! Nonetheless, I have prepared several short essays on United Methodism as it...

Methodists: Ex officio, paragraph reference, statutory members
paragraph reference, statutory members, district superintendent: Firstly, apart from the Church Council/Administrative Board there is only one committee in the local church where the Pastor is actually a statutory member: Nominations and Leadership Development, of which he/she is chair. On this committee they most definitely...

Methodists: Apostles Creed, pontius pilate, communion of saints
Methodists: Apostles Creed, pontius pilate, communion of saints, power of the holy spirit

Methodists: No Marriage License, marriage covenant, covenant marriage
Methodists: No Marriage License, marriage covenant, covenant marriage, separate entities

Methodists: Retirement age for Pastors
Methodists: Retirement age for Pastors

Methodists: justification and sanctification, roman catholic doctrines, work of the holy spirit
roman catholic doctrines, work of the holy spirit, definition of justification: Donna, We don t try to define justification. We accept the scripture that says we are justified. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, therefore God has freely justified all by the blood of Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23,24) We hold that...

Methodists: No Marriage License, methodist doctrine, wayne tucker
methodist doctrine, wayne tucker, marriage license: Miranda, I have to wonder how signing a marriage license could possibly change your financial situation. You can still file your tax returns individually if you marry. And I have to wonder if continuing to live in sin is a smart move. That said,...

Methodists: Marriage and Religion, united methodist church, marriage preparation
united methodist church, marriage preparation, sign of god: Dear Ashley: The United Methodist Church encourages its pastors to meet with engaged couples to explore their understanding of marriage as a sign of God s love, and to help them explore what marriage will mean for their lives. We also have an official...

Methodists: Methodist Worship in 1860, methodist episcopal church, gloria patri
methodist episcopal church, gloria patri, social holiness: Dear John, After re-reading several works dealing with worship in the mid-19th century, the best I can do is give you a rough sketch of what the average MECS service might look like. An MECS service conducted in a Brush Arbor setting would differ quite...

Methodists: Pledge of Allegiance, pledge of allegiance to the christian flag, school superintendant
pledge of allegiance to the christian flag, school superintendant, pledge of allegiance: Dear Connie, Thanks you for writing! To the best of my ability to determine, the Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church and the Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church are both silent on the subject of pledges of allegiance being...

Methodists: Retirement age for Pastors, age 74
age 74: Mae: It appears to me that this situation depends on need for clergy to serve churches, the intentions and health of a particular pastor, and the practices of a particular Bishop. Common practice is what usually prevails. For someone who is 74 and wishing...