The 2016 Book of Discipline is finally available. We have ordered one copy that will be kept in the Foottit Conference Room, and we will order more. Only parts of it are available online, so it’s critical that we have up-to-date hard copies readily available.
But, I want to let you know about another amazing resource we ordered, arrived yesterday, and is available for members: The Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2017-2020.
The Guidelines are a collection of 26 booklets that each address a specific area of Church Management. Topics covered are:
- Adult Ministries
- Advocates for Inclusiveness
- Children’s Ministries
- Christian Education
- Church & Society
- Church Council
- Church Historian
- Family Ministries
- Higher Education and Campus Ministry
- Lay Leader/ Lay Member
- Men’s Ministries
- Ministries with Young People
- Nomination & Leader Development
- Pastor-Parish Relations
- Scouting & Civic Youth-Serving Ministry
- Small Group Ministries
- Small Member Church
- Women’s Ministries
So much information!
The books combine advice and clear expectations with a lot of step-by step guides to help anyone understand how to provide leadership in any one of these areas. It always provides references to The Book of Discipline when needed. I find that volunteering in a committee can be difficult if you’re new; these guides will hopefully be a good resource for those without much experience to find direction and guidance. For those who have served in many areas, the Guidelines provide guidance and reminders that sometimes are needed to make sure you’re still working in the right direction.
As someone who is still learning about Methodist principles, I’ve found these books to be invaluable; the old set has lived on my desk since I started, and I pull them out whenever I have a question about how something should be done. If you want to use them, though, they are on my desk. We have some more related resources online, including worksheets and templates. looking through everything available for your area of leadership might just give you tools that you’d been hoping exist!