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"Deliberately, The United Methodist Church has no single central office, no archbishop, no pope. This reflects the representative nature of the church's organization - which also provides a system of checks and balances.
The church created a system that in some ways parallels that of the U.S. government when it came to America. The church has a General Conference, its legislative branch; a Council of Bishops, somewhat like an executive branch; and a nine-member Judicial Council, the judicial branch."
"Structure & Organization: Governance," www.umc.org (accessed July 29, 2008)
"The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ."
"Homepage," www.umc.org (accessed July 29, 2008)
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Larry M. Goodpaster, President-designate, Council of Bishops