Living Our United Methodist Beliefs
A Leader's Guide for Living Our Beliefs and A Brief History of the United Methodist ChurchGeorge Hovaness Donigian • June 2014
What beliefs set United Methodists apart from other denominations? How has Methodism changed since its beginning in the 18th century?
Living Our United Methodist Beliefs is the Leader's Guide for a course that will help participants better understand United Methodist beliefs and history. It is ideal for a new members class or an adult confirmation class.
Use the Leader's Guide with these companion components:
In this course participants will:
- discover the relationship of doctrine to the missional movement of Methodism and its theological influence on the practical structure and disciplines of early Methodists
- learn about the formation of Methodist denominations as an important part of the history of The United Methodist Church
- explore the Wesleyan understanding of grace, the means of grace, and how practicing spiritual disciplines leads to holiness of heart and life.
George Hovaness Donigian is an ordained and recently retired elder in The United Methodist Church. He is a member of the South Carolina Annual Conference. Donigian is an editorial consultant with an extensive background in publishing: publisher, creative director, acquisitions editor, and marketer. He developed children’s curriculum resources, including Vacation Bible School and after-school materials, when he worked at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee.
Donigian became a managing editor in Upper Room Books and then moved into trade marketing. After a successful five years in marketing, he missed the editorial side of publishing and became the editorial director/publisher of Discipleship Resources, then a publishing imprint of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. In 2009 he married Mary Teasley, a clergywoman in South Carolina, and moved to the Palmetto State. Between them, George and Mary have six adult children and nine grandchildren. They live in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
Of Armenian descent, Donigian grew up and worked in his family’s grocery store in Hopewell, Virginia. He worked an assortment of jobs prior to ordination: a sanitation worker on a garbage truck, a press operator in a sandpaper factory, a newspaper reporter/editor, and a musician. He also served as pastor of several United Methodist churches in Virginia. Donigian plays saxophone (soprano, alto, C melody), piano, ocarina, the Armenian duduk, and the dumbeg (Armenian hand drum). He occasionally plays one of his various instruments in church.
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-88177-716-1
EPub ISBN: 978-0-88177-717-8
Imprint: Discipleship Resources
Pub Date: June 2014
Trim Size: 7.5 in (w) x 9.25 in (h) x 0.103 in (d)
Page Count: 48
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christianity / Methodist