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Published by authority of the Fourtheenth General Conference of The Wesleyan Church, held in St. Louis, Missouri May 22-25, 2022

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Editing Committee

Ana Armiger
Anthony R. Casey, chair
Ileana Flores
Neftalí López
Jerry Lumston Jr
Ronald C. McClung
Matthew Pickering
Sue Rickman
Janelle Vernon
Copyright © 2022 by Wesleyan Publishing House
Printed in the United States of America
ISBN: 978-1-63257-390-2 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-63257-395-7 (hardback)
ISBN: 978-1-63257-391-9 (e-book)
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Note: The basic unit in The Discipline is the paragraph, rather than page, chapter, or section. The paragraphs are numbered in order through the entire volume, but with many numbers skipped, in order to allow for future additions or amendments, and to fit into the following plan:

PART 1: Basic Principles
PART 2: Local Church Government
PART 3: District Church Government
PART 4: General Church Government
PART 5: World Organization
PART 6: Ministry
PART 7: Corporations
PART 8: Property
PART 9: Judiciary*
PART 10: The Ritual
PART 11: Forms

If a paragraph is divided into numbered parts, each is called a subparagraph. When a paragraph number is followed by a subparagraph number, the two numbers are joined by a colon. For example, 725:1 means paragraph 725, subparagraph 1. If a subparagraph is further divided into parts, they are identified by letter. For example, 1233:9b means paragraph 1233, subparagraph 9, division b. A comparative or “cf.” reference, when found within a sentence applies only to that sentence. When the “Cf.” appears parenthetically outside the sentence the comparative reference(s) apply to the whole of the preceding paragraph.

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*Paragraphs 5010–5450 were relocated by the 2016 General Conference to the General Board Policy on Church Discipline (Gen. Bd. Policy on Ch. Disc.). A copy of this publication may be obtained by request at