Methodists/Expert Profile

Ask A Question


General questions about the United Methodist Church - its history, Book of Discipline, its stance on current issues, church politics and administration, etc.

Experience in the area

I've attended United Methodist Churches for 40 years and been an "official" member for 33 years. I've held many lay positions within the church and am considered a church "leader".


I've attended the UMC lay speaking academy and am a recognized conference preacher.

This expert accepts donations:      

Average Ratings

Recent Reviews from Users

Read More Comments

    K = Knowledgeability    C = Clarity of Response    P = Politeness
Davide02/16/16101010Thank you so much!
Mary10/30/15101010Thanks for your response. Like you, I .....
Annettia Wisehart10/15/1510 
D.K.08/23/15101010Carl, Thank you so so much for .....
james.o.woods06/07/15101010Thank You for the information

Recent Answers from Carl Fuglein

2015-10-11 Immediate family on same committee:

Hi Annettia    The only committee that I'm sure of is the SPR.  The only other prohibition I found was that two people in the same family could not count money.  I looked at a couple other committees and

2015-08-31 Communion:

I have not looked this up in the Book of Discipline, but these answers are based on my experience in the UMC.    The Local Pastor who is to be away may consecrate the elements, but only for his/her assigned

2015-08-06 Creeds:

Hi Linda-    ALL new pastors want to try new things, it's in a pastor's DNA.  There is nothing that says you have to say a creed at all in worship.  Our church rarely says a creed.  The only reason that

2015-06-06 pulpit bylaws:

Yes.  Normally it is up to the pastor's discretion.  Most pastors I know would allow this.  I've seen it happen frequently.  E.g., my daughter was married in our church, where she was confirmed, by a pastor

2015-02-03 Trustee Responsibility:

This is my opinion.  Please note that I am NOT a lawyer.  My opinion is based on 35+ years involvement in the UMC.      1.  It looks clear to me that the Pastor has the final word.    2.  I don't understand


Ask A Question


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


©2016 All rights reserved.