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Friday, August 28, 2015


One of the most difficult challenges facing judicatory leaders is handling complaints of sexual misconduct in the church. The United Methodist Church offers several free, online resources to help with this task.

Administrative and Judicial Procedures Handbook, General Council on Finance and Administration.

A guide to the denomination’s administrative and judicial processes. Updated regularly.

Handbook for Responding to Complaints of Sexual Misconduct in The United Methodist Church, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, 2011.

Articles from a wide array of experts and practitioners on specific topics to help the bishop and/or bishop’s designee during the supervisory process (¶361.1).

Legal Manual, General Council on Finance and Administration.

Intended to provide basic information about legal issues common to organizations throughout The United Methodist Church, to protect the legal interests of the denomination. Updated regularly. 

Living the Sacred Trust, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2010.

Published in three sections—Practical, Theoretical, and Experiential, this revision includes updated references to church law in its reprinting of material from the 1999 edition. The 2010 edition includes two new articles, "Fiduciary Duty and Sacred Trust" by Darryl W. Stephens (in Section II) and "Sexual Harassment of United Methodist Clergywomen by Laity" by Beth Cooper (in Section III), as well as a new addendum by Ellen A. Brubaker (in Section III).

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women serves as an advocate, catalyst, and monitor for issues of gender justice and sexual ethics within the UMC. In this capacity, we offer on-site training and resources for bishops, cabinet members, and conference chancellors. Contact us for on-site training or for more information: 800-523-8390.



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