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Our Beliefs

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.

The Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline

The Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline was updated effective December 5, 2022, to amend the following provisions of the TBD&D for the reasons stated:

  • To amend the process by which the Global Methodist Church receives persons seeking to serve as clergy who have not previously been credentialed (supply pastors — ¶ 412) and persons previously serving as clergy as licensed local pastors but who do not meet the educational requirements to be ordained as deacons (¶ 417.2b).
  • To remove provisions from the TBD&D related to annual conferences formerly associated with The United Methodist Church joining the Global Methodist Church. Such provisions were removed because the UM Church is not permitting its annual conferences to withdraw as a whole. The following paragraphs have been changed from the preceding version for this reason: ¶¶ 349.4, 355, 506.1, 516.1 and 613.
  • To add an additional question to the vows of membership in ¶ 319.
  • To amend for the sake of clarity. Paragraph 497.3a was changed from the preceding version for this reason.
  • To amend ¶102.6 to make clear that a life of holiness is distinct from entire sanctification.