2016 Wesleyan Discipline: Preface

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Published by authority of the Thirteenth General Conference of The Wesleyan Church, held in Buffalo, New York June 4–8, 2016

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Editing Committee

Kerry D. Kind
Jerry Lumston
Matthew Pickering
Mark A. Rennaker
Johanna Rugh
Ronald C. McClung, co-chair
Janelle Vernon, chair
Copyright © 2016 by Wesleyan Publishing House
Printed in the United States of America
ISBN: 978-1-63257-198-4 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-63257-105-2 (hardback)
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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:

2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 1: Basic Principles
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 2: Local Church Government
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 3: District Church Government
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 4: General Church Government
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 5: World Organization
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 6: Ministry
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 7: Corporations
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 8: Property
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 9: Judiciary
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 10: The Ritual
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:PART 11: Forms
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:Appendices
2016 Wesleyan Discipline:Index

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, 2016 Wesleyan Discipline: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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