John E. Harnish is a United Methodist pastor whose 43-year ministry has circled the globe, including seven years as the associate general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. While in that role, he was instrumental in the implementation of the 1996 ordering of ministry and he was involved in the planting of the two newest United Methodist seminaries in the world in Estonia and Russia. For over a decade he served on the board of trustees for the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary and is currently a trustee at Methodist-related Adrian College. Dr. Harnish is a graduate of Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He served churches ranging from a three-point charge in rural Pennsylvania to the position of senior pastor at two of Michigan’s largest United Methodist churches in Ann Arbor and Birmingham. Now retired, he lives in northwest Michigan with his wife, Judy, a retired public school principal.
The product of over 200 years of General Conferences of the denominations that form The United Methodist Church, the Discipline is the current statement of how United Methodists agree to live together. It acknowledges the past and addresses the future.
Updated through the actions of the 2016 General Conference, the new Discipline includes a complete listing of bishops from Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury through the 2016 episcopal elections as well as a revised historical statement, an expanded index, and six parts:The Constitution General Book of Discipline Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task The Ministry of All Christians Social Principles Organization and Administration
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