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Since its inception, God’s Spirit has enlivened the Methodist movement. In the 1720s John and Charles Wesley and friends at Oxford University met together to deepen their Christian faith through daily, practical spiritual disciplines. Derided by others as a “new sect of Methodists” for their “methodical” ways of practicing the faith and holding one another accountable to it, the small group embraced the insult and persevered in their fellowship. And so they and the millions who followed after them have ever since been known as “the people called Methodists.”

In that spirit, this Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline of the Global Methodist Church is intended to serve as a resource for all who wish to join in a “methodical,” practical, and warm- hearted pursuit of loving God and serving others as Jesus’ disciples in the world. Beginning with confessions rooted in Scripture and shaped by the great teaching of the Church universal, the Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline provides the essential structure for the Global Methodist Church from its official launch on May 1, 2022 until its convening General Conference twelve to eighteen months later. It is offered with the prayer that it will help guide us in a new season of the church’s life as we make disciples of Jesus Christ who worship passionately, love extravagantly, and witness boldly.

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The Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline was updated effective April 30, 2024, to amend the following provision of the TBD&D for the reasons stated:

  • Part One (¶¶101-109) was amended to address changes recommended by the Transitional Commission on Discipleship, Doctrine, and Just Ministry.
  • ¶¶ 312, 313, 314, 316, and 321 were amended to enhance the church’s teachings on the sacraments.
  • ¶350.2 was amended to mandate annual conferences to determine the criteria for chartering a new local church.
  • ¶ 403.1 was amended to remove two words in the definition of the Order of Deacons.
  • ¶ 417.6 was amended to place compensation for maternity and paternity leave in the discretion of the local church provided that such a decision is consistent with local law.

You may download a PDF version of the TBD&D by clicking on “Download PDF.”

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