About the United Methodist Church
The Methodist movement began in England in the early 1700s under John Wesley, an Anglican minister. Wesley and his brother, Charles, brought the movement to Georgia in the American Colonies in 1736 as Church of England missionaries. The U.S. Methodist Episcopal church grew rapidly and was known for its circuit rider ministers who advanced the church in the frontier. Over time, the church eventually morphed into the United Methodist church when Methodists in 1968 merged with the Evangelical Church and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.
The most current records show the United Methodist Church has 6.8 million members in the United States and another 6.5 million members in Africa, Asia and Europe.
The United Methodist Church does not have a central headquarters or a single executive leader. The duties are divided among divisions known as the General Conference, the Council of Bishops and the Judicial Council.
The United Methodist Church supports missions in more than 136 countries. The church also supports health and welfare ministries that serve more than 32 million people and provide more than $2 billion in charity care annually.
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. Some of the our basic beliefs include:
  • We believe in God, who is revealed in three persons.
  • We believe in salvation through Jesus Christ.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst.
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