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CONSTITUTION & DISICIPLINE, Revised 2004

General Conference Officials.................................................................................................3

Historical Sketch.....................................................................................................................7

The Constitution....................................................................................................................19

Articles of Religion...............................................................................................................37

The Discipline.......................................................................................................................49

Chapter I.       The Local Church

 


Article I.          Membership 51


Article II.         Local Church Officers       53
  Article III.        Business Meetings 60
 

Article IV.        Property

63
     
Chapter II.       Quarterly Conference  
 

Article I.          Membership

66
  Article II.         Meetings   66
  Article III.        Powers 68
  Article IV.        Licensing of Preachers 70
     

Chapter III.      Annual Conference

 
  Article I.         Membership 73
  Article II.        Organization and Meetings 74
  Article III.       Officers 77
  Article IV.       Ministers 83
  Article V.        Deaconesses 98
  Article VI.       Delegates to General Conference 101
     

Chapter IV.     General Conference

 
  Article I.          Membership 103
  Article II.         Organization and Meetings 104
  Article III.        Officers 104
  Article IV.       Boards of Administration 111
    Board of Publication 114
    Board of Missions Constitution 115
    Board of Christian Education Constitution 124
    Board of Managers of the Superannuated Fund 136
    Board of Administration 140
    Laymen’s Fellowship 142
     

Chapter V.     Judicial Principles

 
  Article I.          Trial of Unstationed Ministers, Preachers and Members 143
  Article II.         Trial of Pastors and Other Itinerants 146
  Article III.        Trial of Churches 148
     
Chapter VI.     Forms of Official Church Papers 149
     

Chapter VII.    Annual Conference Boundaries

158
     
  The Ritual  
  The Order of Public Worship 161
  Order for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper   162
  Order for the Administration of Baptism 169
  Form for the Reception of Members 175
  Form for the Solemnization of Matrimony 179
  Form for the Burial of the Dead 182
  Form for the Ordination of Elders 192
  Form for the Setting Apart of Deaconesses 197
  Form for Laying Cornerstone of a Church        200
  Form for Dedication of a Church 205