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Rev. Gregory S. Neal


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I can answer questions dealing with all issues of United Methodist Doctrine and Wesleyan-Arminian Theology. In particular I can answer questions dealing with the Sacraments and other liturgical and worship-oriented questions. I can also answer questions dealing with the form, structure, and organization of the United Methodist Church and our relationship with other denominations.

Experience in the area

I am an ordained United Methodist Elder with more than 20 years of ministerial service experience in the local Church.


I am a Clergy Member in Full Connection and have been a member of the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1991. I am a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. I am also a member of the Emmaus Community, and am currently serving as Senior Spiritual Director for the Dallas Emmaus Community. I am a member of the Order of Saint Luke in the United Methodist Church.


I have my own website:   I have written two books, "Grace Upon Grace" and "Seeking the Shepherd's Arms," both available at and in bookstores.


I have a BA in Religious Studies, History and Russian. I have an M.Div in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies and a Ph.D in Sacramental Theology and New Testament.

Awards and Honors

Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church
Fellow of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

What do you like about this subject?

The United Methodist Church is both my community of faith and the field in which I serve as an under-shepherd of Christ's flock.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I am currently in the process of reaching and writing another book on Sacramental Theology, this time focusing more precisely on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. I have several book-projects planned for the future dealing with Methodist approaches to the Means of Grace in General, and the Eucharist in particular.

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Recent Answers from Rev. Gregory S. Neal

2015-08-31 Communion:

Dear John,    1. The Communion elements may NOT be pre-consecrated by a LLP or Elder for later reception when they are away.  2. The Communion elements may NOT be taken to an Elder, elsewhere, for consecration

2015-08-24 Creation week and the 7th day:

Debra,    I'm sorry if my responses have left you confused.  You are correct that the Sabbath Law (the 4th Commandment) was preceded by the establishment of the Sabbath rest within the creation itself

2015-08-12 Laity:

According to the 2012 Book of Discipline, Paragraph 251c, the Lay Leader is automatically and by virtue of being Lay Leader, a member of the Church Council, Committee on Finance, Committee on Nominations

2015-08-02 SPR getting "sense of the congregation":

Polling doesn't really provide an accurate picture of the attitude of the congregation. Firstly, the need for a formal (written) poll will telegraph to those being polled that there is some "problem" that

2015-07-30 Financial Secretary:

The 2012 Book of Discipline, at paragraph 252(5), lists those who should automatically be included on a Church Council by virtue of their position within the church. It is not an exhaustive list, for the


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