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Bishop Scott Jones on Reconstructing the Role of Bishop

Reconstructing Bishops to Reconstruct Methodism

One of the major reasons the United Methodist Church came apart was dysfunction on the Council of Bishops. If the Global Methodist Church is going to have healthy episcopal oversight, then we've got to reconstruct the role of bishops. In this talk from the 2024 Reconstructing Methodism Conference, Bishop Scott Jones offers a vision of bishops as spiritual leaders and points the way to what increased accountability will look like in the GMC.

Scott Jones was elected a bishop in the United Methodist Church in 2004. He was received as a bishop in the Global Methodist Church in 2023. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas (B.A. in Philosophy), Perkins School of Theology (Master of Theology) and Southern Methodist University (Ph.D. in Religious Studies). He is the author of multiple books including John Wesley's Conception and Use of Scripture.


Dr. Matt O’Reilly (Ph.D., Gloucestershire) is Lead Pastor of Christ Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Director of Research at Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians. A two-time recipient of the John Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement, he is the author of Paul and the Resurrected Body: Social Identity and Ethical Practice, The Letters to the Thessalonians, and Bless the Nations: A Devotional for Short-Term Missions. Connect at and follow @mporeilly.

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