United Methodist Ecclesiology, Ministry, & Polity

REL691
Fall 2016
T 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Area: 
Area II
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course is an overview of the ecclesiology, ministry, and polity of The United Methodist Church. It fulfills the Discipline’s Polity curriculum requirement for candidates for ordained ministry (Elders and Deacons). Students will gain insights into: 1) the foundational ecclesiological principles that have guided the growth and development of United Methodism, 2) the organic structures of the denomination, 3) the prescribed processes of the church at various levels, and 4) practical realities not explicitly evident in church law and theories of church government and ministry. 

Background Expected: 

No prerequisites.

Course Requirements: 

50-100 pages of close reading per week

Weekly Short Essay (400-450 words)

Term Essay (6,000-6,200 words)

Mandatory Attendance

Group Oral Examination 

Please Note: The United Methodist Church mandates that this course must be taken for a grade if it is to count towards ordination requirements. 

Basis of Evaluation: 

Quality of weekly essays and term essay

Performance during end of semester group oral examination

(Please note: There is no written examination in this course)