you join a United Methodist congregation, you become a member
of the total United Methodist connection. Members promise God
and the congregation to uphold the church with their prayers,
presence, gifts and service.
Methodism was formed when the Methodist Church and the
Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968. United
Methodists trace their spiritual
heritage back to 18th-century
leaders including John and Charles Wesley, Jacob Albright,
Phillip Otterbein, Martin Boehm and Francis Asbury.
All persons are welcome in The United Methodist Church. We are
firmly committed to inclusiveness. We celebrate a diversity of
people, ideas and cultures and are enriched by our broad
Methodists trust free inquiry in matters of Christian
doctrine. Our faith is guided by Scripture. For United
Methodists, the Bible is the record of God's people living out
Methodists are mission-oriented and socially conscious. This
is important to our faith. We are aware of world events and
strive to help those in need. United Methodist are one in
faith and tradition with Methodist Christians around the
Through the World Methodist Council, Methodists from 68 member
churches cooperate in support of ecumenical, educational,
evangelical and other ministries.
generations, United Methodists have cooperated with other
churches to spread the gospel, care for those in need,
alleviate injustice and foster peace. In national and
interfaith groups, United Methodists reach beyond our own
churches and our own communities to express concern and to
share God's love with people of many faiths.
more than 200 years, The United Methodist Church and its
predecessor bodies have expressed concern for the worker, the
sick, the poor, the orphaned, the aging, the impaired, the
oppressed and the imprisoned.
Our church participates in the struggles of women,
people with physical and mental impairments, and racial - and
ethnic - minority persons, helping them attain equality in the
church, the economy and society.
United Methodists positively influence society through
responsible social action.
Methodism took form as an organized church in this country
during the revolutionary period of our history. Its structures
parallel those of the United States government. Church
leadership is shared by executive, legislative and judicial
branches. Representative bodies carry out church functions at
local, regional and church wide levels.
The highest legislative body -- the only organization that can
speak for the church -- is the General Conference. An assembly
of up to 1,000 delegates, it is composed of equal numbers of
laity and clergy and meets once every four years. Delegates
are chosen by regional units (annual conferences) throughout
the United States and 15 other nations. Non-voting
representatives come from affiliated churches in 25 other countries.
respond to needs in their regions by developing programs and
ministries that carry out the work of Christ and support
the policies set by General Conference.
United Methodist Church continues its strong evangelical
heritage. Within each congregation is a vital center of
biblical study and evangelism -- a blending of personal piety
United Methodists are.......a
happening people! Involved, committed, diverse, open. A people
who try to be accepting, caring, hospitable and inclusive.
Family- and community- oriented. A people who are concerned
about those beyond their communities, around the world. Active
in mission, responsive. A people who love music, church
suppers and fellowship. Initiators, with a history of creating
ministries related to education, employment, health and other
issues. A people who like to tell the story of God's redeeming