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book of discipline

The Book of Discipline sets forth the plan by which we United Methodists govern ourselves. It reflects our understanding of the Church and of what is expected of its laity and clergy as they seek to be effective witnesses in the world as a part of the whole body of Christ.

The Discipline includes our church Constitution, our history, our doctrinal standards, and our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ, as well as practical processes through which our congregations connect and support each other to reach the world.







Book of ResolutionsThe Book of Resolutions contains not only the resolutions and policy statements passed by the most recent General Conference, but also all such statements still considered to represent the position of The United Methodist Church. The text of any resolution is considered the official position of the denomination on that subject.

The Book of Resolutions provides models for applying an active faith to daily life in ways that can impact the world around us. It contains all current social policies adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Find positions on more than 200 subjects, organized into seven sections:
The Natural World
The Nurturing Community
The Social Community
The Economic Community
The Political Community
The World Community
Other Resolutions


Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by permission.


Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

These are the practices outlined by Bishop Robert Schnase of Missouri in this book the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations published by Abingdon Press in 2007. Those practices are:

  • Radical Hospitality,
  • Passionate Worship,
  • Intentional Faith Development,
  • Risk-Taking Mission and Service and
  • Extravagant Generosity.

These become part of the core values that drive and inspire the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” the goal of The United Methodist Church at all levels.