Tell us about: Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task

You will find and introduction to my BOM theological paperwork here: Doctrinal Exam

¶324.9.g:  How do you intend to affirm, teach, and apply Part III of the Discipline (Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task) in your work in the ministry to which you have been called?

I intend to affirm, teach, and apply Part III of the Discipline in my ministry by living it, using the materials provided by the church, and teaching our Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task to congregation members. First, I acknowledge the power of shaping my life around the Doctrinal Standards and Theological Tasks. “Our theological task is essentially practical. It informs the individual’s daily decisions and serves the Church’s life and work…Our interest is to incorporate the promises and demands of the gospel into our daily lives.”[1] I believe in this denomination, in the power of the tradition handed to me, and in the way the United Methodist denomination points towards God and God’s presence in the world, even though it is itself imperfect. Because I believe in the Doctrinal Standards and our Theological Tasks, I affirm, teach, and apply them by living them and by setting an example for those I serve in my ministry setting.

 

Second, I believe that I shape the communities that I have been called to by using the tools that we have been given. For example, I believe our Book of Worship, United Methodist Hymnal, John Wesley’s sermons, the Book of Discipline, and the resources offered by the general boards and agencies are tools given to me by the church to affirm and teach our Doctrinal Standards and Theological Task. If I am intentional about filling my ministry toolbox with resources from the United Methodist Church, I will be teaching others how and when to use these tools also. For instance, asking the congregation to follow along in the hymnal during communion, they are utilizing a tool that helps shape our community. If I request members of the Administrative Council or other councils to understand their duties as it they are stated in the Book of Discipline, I am allowing the denomination to shape the mission and purpose of committees and the individuals serving on them. I believe these resources are aligned with the Part III of the Discipline, and as such, are powerful tools in sharing our tradition and our beliefs with the United Methodist community of faith.

 

Finally, I intend to affirm, teach, and apply Part III of the Discipline by passing on our Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task it in class settings, sermons, and teaching its content in church meetings. I believe that members want to hear about our beliefs, our history, and our traditions, and given the opportunity, they will choose to learn about, and apply the teachings of the United Methodist Church. I believe that many of our youth and young adults will faithfully take up our theological task and apply it to their generation, “every generation must appropriate creatively the wisdom of the past and seek God in their midst in order to think afresh about God, revelation, sin, redemption, worship, the church, freedom, justice, moral responsibility, and other significant theological concerns.”[2] My hope is to pass these standards and tasks on to the next generation and remind the current generation of the long history to which they belong. I intend to affirm, teach, and apply Part III of the Book of Discipline by living the beliefs and standards set forth in these pages, by using the tools provided to me as a minister in the United Methodist Church, and by teaching doctrine directly through teaching and preaching.

[1] BOD, ¶105

[2] BOD, ¶105

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