The Book of Discipline sets forth the plan by which we United Methodists govern ourselves. It reflects our understanding of the Church and of what is expected of its laity and clergy as they seek to be effective witnesses in the world as a part of the whole body of Christ.
The Discipline includes our church Constitution, our history, our doctrinal standards, and our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ, as well as practical processes through which our congregations connect and support each other to reach the world.
Read more about how the Discipline is created (a report by the United Methodist News Service)
All versions of the Book of Discipline and the Book of Resolutions will be available the first week in January, 2013. Print and CD-ROM editions of the Discipline will cost $21.99. The price for the Book of Resolutions is $19.99. Purchase copies through Cokesbury Book Stores on online.
Multiple e-reader editions of both books will be available in January.
Cost will be the same as for the print editions. A “read-only” edition will be available online. The United Methodist Publishing House must fund itself, and because of development, editorial and printing costs, all print and electronic editions with multiple functions require sales.
The complete Discipline is available in English, Spanish and Korean from the United Methodist Publishing House. Spanish and Korean versions are not online. The central conferences may translate and print portions of the Discipline. The United Methodist Publishing House is not involved in producing any of those editions. The Book of Resolutions is available only in English.
The 2008 version is available online
CLICK HERE to view The Book of Discipline 2008 online. This service is free from Cokesbury and limited to view and search capabilities.