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DISCIPLINE

OF THE

Methodist Episcopal Church

1912

THE METHODIST BOOK CONCERN

NEW YORK CINCINNATI

THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY

MAY 23 1913

ANDOVER
THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

a 63,1.o

EDITORIAL AUTHORIZATION

Resolded, THAT

BISHOP LUTHER BARTON WILSON
JOSEPH BEAUMONT HINGELEY

JAMES MONROE BUCKLEY

BE AUTHORIZED TO EDIT THE DISCIPLINE OF 1912

-General Conference Journal, 1912

Copyright, 1912, by
THE METHODIST BOOK CONCERN

New York

EPISCOPAL ADDRESS

To the Members of the Methodist Episcopal

Church. DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN: It is our privilege and duty to recommend to you this volume, which

contains the DOCTRINES and DISCIPLINE of the

Methodist Episcopal Church, which we believe are agreeable to the Word of God. . Although the Word of God is the only sufficient rule of faith and practice, the Church, in the liberty given to it by the Lord, and following the example of other churches, ancient and modern, has modified its

Discipline from time to time in order more fully

to secure the end for which it was founded.

We believe that God's design in raising up the

Methodist Episcopal Church in America was to aid in evangelizing the continent and “to spread

scriptural holiness over these lands.” Evidently God's blessing has been with us, and we have seen an extraordinary work extending throughout all the United States and Territories and throughout the British possessions in North America; also the planting of successful Missions in South America and Mexico. The Methodist Episcopal Church, in its organic form and spiritual power, has been established in Africa, Asia, and Europe, where God has given to it great prosperity.

During the period in which this work has been

extending, the Church has revised its legislation to meet the demands created by its own activities and by the conditions of the different peoples among whom it strives to build up the Kingdom

of God.

The peculiar Constitution and Administrative

Rules of our Church, to which its success is largely due, deserve careful study. The Itinerant Ministry, the subpastorate through Classes, the Episcopacy, the District Superintendency, the Conferences in their gradation, the Local Ministry, the Judicial Administration, the Interdependence of Ministry and Laity, with the well-defined duties and rights of each, are severally parts of a system which can be truly valued, profitably used, or wisely modified only by those who through loving and faithful study have become familiar

with it.

Therefore this volume should be found in the home of every member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; and the more so because it contains the

Doctrines maintained, in part or in whole, by

every Evangelical Church.

The Order of Worship herein set forth we commend to your scrupulous observance. In sub

stance it has been received from our Fathers, and

has been approved by the judgment of the Church.

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