The book of discipline of the united methodist church is the product of over two hundred years of the general conferences of the denominations that now form the united methodist church. This list is an attempt to show the various ways how united methodist clergy in good standing do not uphold the discipline 100%and have rarely if ever been charged for it. The book of discipline includes the common constitution of the free methodist church worldwide. It is a blend of history, roots and international contemporary mission. It follows similar works for its predecessor denominations. Top 25 ways united methodists dont uphold the book of. However, the united methodist church has long believed that abstinence from alcohol and other drugs witnesses to gods liberating and redeeming love and is part of living into the life god has prepared for us we start there. The united methodist church umc which is probably the largest of the methodist denominations has a thing called the book of discipline.
Toward a pure and holy church united methodist insight. Poll shows churchs shifting views of alcohol united methodist. For example, a baptism in milk, alcohol, human or animal blood, urine, semen or. Drug and alcohol concerns overview united methodist church.
The book of discipline of the united methodist church, part i. Methodism has been closely associated in many peoples minds with total abstinence from alcohol. The book of discipline of the united methodist church 202016. United methodist official resources book of discipline. The book of discipline of the united methodist church 20. It was an issue that involved both matters of personal discipline and social. A methodist will say howdy when he sees you in the liquor store. Top 25 ways united methodists dont uphold the book of discipline. This 64page booklet contains the official text of the social principles from the book of discipline of the united methodist church 2016 along with exercises for individuals or small groups, a.
Top 25 ways ive observed united methodist clergy and lay leaders not upholding the book of discipline in its entirety 20122014 edition. Today, the united methodist church remains committed to curbing drug traffic and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The book of discipline constitutes the law and doctrine of the united methodist church. At no cost, you may view an online version of the 2016 book of discipline andor book of resolutions 2016. Are methodist ministerspastors allowed to consume alcohol. Since the use of illegal drugs, as well as illegal and problematic use of alcohol, is a major factor in crime, disease, death, and family dysfunction, we support educational programs as well as other prevention strategies encouraging abstinence from illegal drug use and, with. Therefore, according to the book of discipline, united methodist theology is at once catholic, evangelical, and reformed. The book of discipline of the united methodist church 2016. Book of discipline addendum and errata december 2019. Starting in 2009, he urged his flock at myers park united methodist church in charlotte, north carolina, to give up drinking for lent and donate. General board of church and society called on all united methodists to abstain from alcohol for lent. Im speaking as a united methodist pastor in the usa. It was originally published in 1784, in the methodist episcopal church, and has been published every four years thereafter following the meeting of the general conference, which passes legislation that is included in the book of discipline. The book of discipline of the united methodist church 2016 share ministry in the christian church is derived from the ministry of christ 301.
The united methodist church resources for 2017 by united. We do not prohibit our members from doing so responsibly with deliberate and intentional restraint. Drinking still a touchy topic the christian century. We affirm our longstanding support of abstinence from alcohol as a faithful witness to gods liberating and redeeming love for persons. Free online editions of both the book of discipline and the book of resolutions are available from cokesbury. Members pledged that they would abstain from alcoholic beverages. We support abstinence from the use of any illegal drugs. Excerpt from book of resolutions, alcohol and other drugs. The book of discipline 2012 index by abingdon press issuu. The united methodist publishing house nashville, tennessee. The united methodist church supports abstinence from alcohol and all illegal drugs and commits to helping persons recovering from use and abuse of them. Foundational documents, including the doctrinal statements and the social principles, are found in the what we believe section cokesbury, the retail arm of the united methodist publishing house, sells several versions of the discipline. United methodists support abstinence and pledge to work to end alcohol and drug abuse. The book of discipline of the united methodist church is the product of over two.617 1443 619 296 1252 104 692 694 244 1128 817 1131 880 1201 1248 1092 198 935 1198 29 351 1451 810 248 1041 760 1411 203 506 286 288 49 1436 1145 258 1452 638 1326 1335 1135 810 548 120 155 1127