This course in United Methodist Polity is designed to engage students in a dialogue on the nature of the church and its ministry, the organization of the church and its theology, and the history of the church that has formed us as the community of faith we are today. Through this study, students will examine the Constitution of The United Methodist Church, its Doctrinal Standards and Theological Task, the Ministry of All Christians, the Social Principles, and its Organization and Administration. Students will be introduced to Ordained and Licensed Ministry, Superintendency and Episcopacy, the mission and organization of the Local Church, District and Annual Conferences, Jurisdictional, Regional and General Conferences. They will review the work of the General Boards and Agencies and come to understand the church's Judicial Process.
Through this course in United Methodist Polity students will gain insight into the tradition and practice of The United Methodist Church and be prepared to participate in the decision-making process the church prescribes for ordering the life of the community. It also will prepare students for a variety of leadership roles they may assume as lay or clergy leaders of the church.
This course is approved by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and may be applied to the requirements for full conference membership and ordination as a Deacon or an Elder. It is equivalent to a course taken at an approved school of theology for 2 semester hours of credit.
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Robert F. Kohler, retired assistant general secretary of the Division of Ordained Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Prerequisite: Completion of COS, or required as supplement to M.Div., or required for transfer to UMC from another denomination.