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What is United Methodism?


Who We Are

The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church merged. But, United Methodists trace our heritage back so much farther than that.

From a small movement in 1700s England, our church is now global with more than 12 million members around the world. While our languages, cultures and nations of origin may differ, a common mission and history unite us in powerful ways.


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What We Believe

The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on 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.

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1) We are disciples. United Methodists are disciples of Jesus Christ who 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.

2) We follow God's call. Principled, visionary and effective leaders help United Methodists grow in faith and in sharing God’s love with others. The church is focused on inviting and preparing people to become disciples and clergy to lead the church in world-transforming ministry.

3) We advocate for justice. The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. John Wesley and the early Methodists expressed their opposition to societal ills such as slavery, smuggling, inhumane prison conditions, alcohol abuse, and child labor.

3) We promote health and wholeness. Because we care about the well being of all people, health is a major focus of the work of The United Methodist Church. Together, we combat diseases of poverty such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; we provide health education, advocacy and infrastructure; and we continue our more than 160-year history of being a key provider of healthcare through the hospitals, clinics and mission centers we have operated across Africa.

3) We give. The United Methodist Church's special giving structure ensures your generosity blesses as many people as possible in sustainable, strategic ways.

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