U. M. Polity for Leadership


Dr. Randall Miller , Adjunct Professor (formerly , Assistant Professor of UM Studies, Ethics, and Leadership at the Pacific School of Religion)

Randall4015@gmail.com (usually respond within 48 hours)

Course Synopsis

Th is course will provide the background necessary for understanding and appreciating the evolution of United Methodist polity and examines the current operation of that polity. This course offers practical ministry-oriented information with a focus on effective conversations that will enhance successful local church ministry. We will explore the present polity of the United Methodist Church and discover the various ways to organize the local church for mission. We will also seek clarity regarding the best way to serve within our unique appointment process.

Keep in mind that we’ll be learning about UMC polity at a time when the formal structures and relationships within the global UM fellowship are under growing strain. The growing populations of United Methodists in the Global South, the diminishing numbers in Europe and the U.S., the move towards schism and the recent formation of a new conservative denomination, and increasingly diverse theological interpretations and social stances, raise important questions about the ties that bind us together.

This course is designed to meet the polity requirements for candidates seeking ordination as Deacons or Elders within the United Methodist Church.

Course Syllabus (will be built out in canvas soon)

Required Books

The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church - 2016 (978-1-501-83321-2) ( Link to free online version at Cokesbury.com) . Please don’t buy the hard back edition ; it will soon be out-of-date.
Thomas Edward Frank, ​ Polity, Practice and the Mission of The United Methodist Church ,​ Updated Edition, 2006, Abingdon Press (978-0687335312)
Laceye C. Warner, The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity & Organization Paperback , 2014, Abingdon Press ( 978-1426767173 )
Mar 27, 2021SatWeek One: 3/22-3/28 – The Constitutiondue by 05:59AM
Apr 03, 2021SatWeek Two: 3/29-4/4 – Judicial Administrationdue by 05:59AM
Apr 08, 2021ThuZoom Check-In #1, 4/8 from 2:30 - 3:45 PM MTdue by 08:30PM
Apr 10, 2021SatWeek Three: 4/5-4/11 – The Local Churchdue by 05:59AM
Apr 17, 2021SatWeek Four: 4/12-4/18 – The Ministry of the Ordaineddue by 05:59AM
Apr 23, 2021FriZoom Check-In #2, April 22 from 2:30 - 3:45 PM MTdue by 05:59AM
Apr 27, 2021TueMidterm, Open Book, Open Notes Quiz - 4/23-26due by 05:59AM
May 08, 2021SatWeek Seven: 5/3-5/8 – Administrative Orderdue by 05:59AM
May 14, 2021FriZoom Check-In #3, 5/13 from 2:30 - 3:45 PM MTdue by 05:59AM
May 15, 2021SatWeek Eight: 5/9-5/15 – Church Propertydue by 05:59AM
May 22, 2021SatWeek Nine: 5/16-5/23 – The Social Principlesdue by 05:59AM
May 22, 2021SatWeek Five Canvas Postdue by 05:59AM
May 28, 2021FriWeek Five, 4/19-4/25 - The Superintendencydue by 05:59AM
May 29, 2021SatWeek Ten: 5/24-5/28 – Course Wrap-Up/Completing Final Presentationsdue by 05:59AM
May 30, 2021SunMake-Up Quizdue by 11:00PM
May 31, 2021MonFinal Presentationdue by 05:59AM