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The Book of Discipline 2016

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The Book of Resolutions 2016

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Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2017-2020

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Official resources ready to aid church leaders

January-February 2017

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The official United Methodist resources for the 2017-2020 quadrennium are becoming available. Ready for pre-order now are The Book of Discipline 2016 and The Book of Resolutions 2016. Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2017-2020 can be ordered now.

Scheduled for publication in January are The Book of Discipline in English, Korean and Spanish. All language editions are available as print and e-Books. The Book of Resolutions will be available in English in print and digital formats.

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All 26 Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2017-2020, one for each local church ministry area, are now updated and available as a boxed set or individually. Each booklet offers new and seasoned leaders, other volunteers and committee chairs practical advice regarding church organization, finances, outreach and more. All include charts, graphs and other tools for convenient reference.

The Guidelines, published by Abingdon Press, are available in print, electronic downloadable files and as e-Books. The booklets cover church leadership areas such as pastor-parish relations and finance committees, as well as areas that focus on the nurture, outreach and witness of church members. The booklets will help new lay leaders make a good start and are a helpful reference for all lay leaders. Each booklet includes the basic "job description" for the leader as well as practical "how-to" information important to implementing ministry effectively. They are brief and to the point making them a helpful resource for the busy, but spirit-led leader.

The complete set of 26 print booklets with online access to the full text comes in a slipcase making them easy to display and access. The texts are completely searchable and include links to the websites of the general agencies of The United Methodist Church. The forms are in Microsoft Word for easy adaptation.

Purchasers also receive The Guide to the Guidelines and "The Guidelines Orientation Workshop" to train new leaders of your congregation's committees and teams and help them understand and use the Guidelines for their work in a particular ministry area.

Polly House, editorial assistant, Interpreter and Interpreter OnLine