BEING A UNITED METHODIST

The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church Is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes 12.8 million members.

The United Methodist Church was formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968. We trace our heritage back to the movement begun in 1729 in England by John and Charles Wesley.

Distinctive Characteristics of our Denomination          

  • Global
  • Connectional
  • Inclusive
  • Grounded in Scripture
  • Wesleyan
  • Concerned About Social Justice
  • Mission Oriented
  • Ecumenical

What We Believe

The United Methodist Church is a global church that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living by putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

How We Serve

United Methodists continue to heed the lessons John Wesley taught his followers: to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being a compassionate presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel.

We serve the world with a focus of four areas of ministry:

  • Ministering among the Poor
  • Improving Global Health
  • Growing Vital Churches
  • Developing Christian Leaders     

Methodists are deeply committed to disaster relief and advocacy efforts. It is a part of our Wesleyan DNA. All of these efforts to serve God also serve our neighbors and fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Ways to participate include:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Giving Opportunities
  • Responding to Disaster 
  • Advocating for Justice

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