Ministerial Orders and Sacramental Authority in the United Methodist Church and Its Antecedents


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Rex D. Matthews
  • Nashville, TN: 
    General Board of Higher Education & Ministry
    , March
     148 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book will enable readers to trace the main contours of the long series of debates within American Methodism about issues related to orders of ministry and administration of the sacraments, thereby providing a richer appreciation and deeper understanding of the context of contemporary discussion of these issues.

While sacramental authority is and has been misunderstood and misused, it remains interwoven into United Methodism and is a significant element of the history of Christian ecumenical conversations about ministry. This book traces the changing provisions relating to ministerial orders and sacramental authority in American Methodism, from the formation of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784 to the current position of The United Methodist Church.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Rex D. Matthews is Professor in the Practice of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.


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