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Harbor District: Polity

The Harbor District Lay Servant Ministries presents Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) with Conference Parliamentarian Taylor Mills on Zoom…

January 20 @ 8:30 am 5:00 pm


Course scholarships are available to those in need of financial assistance. Please contact your district director or cle@nccumc.org.

About the Course:

Why does The United Methodist Church do things the way it does? And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God? This course will help participants get their bearings and consider the specific structural challenges The United Methodist Church faces in the 21st century.

Participants will be able to:

  • State and describe the uniqueness, purpose, and overall structure of The United Methodist Church, its connectional system and its order of missionary preachers;
  • Describe the uniqueness and purpose of the episcopacy, the itinerant ministry and appointment processes, the ordering of ministry, and annual conference;
  • Explain the many ways our connection works together to fulfill its mission from the local church to the global general agencies;
  • Identify elements of the connection beyond the borders of the annual conference: jurisdictions, General Conference, Judicial Council, and central conferences, as well as other international affiliated churches;
  • Use new tools for discernment in making decisions in the local church.

Order Your Book!

All participants are expected to read The Method of Our Mission, by Laceye C. Warner, prior to class. Participants will also need a copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline, which can be accessed online for free.

For questions about the course, please contact Harbor Lay Servant Ministries District Director Sandy Core at score@nccumc.org.

About Taylor Mills

Rev. Taylor Mills is the conference parliamentarian. He is the pastor of Trinity UMC in Southport and has been in full time ministry since 2001. Abingdon Press published his book of lenten lessons in 2022 called Toward the Cross in addition to numerous Adult Bible Study student and teacher books. He has one daughter in college and one about to start college.