While our beliefs and experiences are unique and different, and we’re all at varying points along our faith journey – as United Methodists – we believe in and practice open hearts, open minds, and open doors.
What We Believe
Service is a core value of our United Methodist Faith. As our founder, John Wesley taught, we believe we are called to share God’s love for us by caring for a stranger, being a voice for the voiceless and responding to disasters.
Origin of the United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church traces its origin back to England in 1729, where brothers John and Charles Wesley started a movement that became the Methodist Church. Today, as it was at its inception, the United Methodist Church operates through a connectional system of communications, accountability, and a means of accomplishing our mission. This enables us to “carry out our mission in unity and strength” (Book of Discipline, ¶ 701).
The United Methodist Church Today
The United Methodist Church is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States, and a world-wide denomination who – through active engagement locally and globally – believes and practices open hearts, open minds and open doors. Our founder, John Wesley, emphasized the principle of putting faith into action. This principle continues to be an important cornerstone of our United Methodist faith today. We believe that each of us are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The symbol of the United Methodist, known as the “Cross & Flame” emblem represents our relationship with God through Christ (the cross) and the power of the Holy Spirit (the flame). The tongues of the flame represent the merging of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968, which formed the United Methodist Church.
Visit the United Methodist Church website here to learn more about:
– How United Methodists serve locally and globally
– Ways to grow in faith as a United Methodist
– The basics of our faith, our mission statement, and social principles