What We Believe:
The United Methodist Church is an 12.8-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. Read more about the church’s mission statement.
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.
As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage:
Basics of Our Faith
United Methodists affirm the faith shared by all Christians, with particular emphasis on God's grace and on Christian living.
Social Principles & Social Creed
These statements help guide our thinking and acting about how we live in, and are in engaged in, ministry in the world.
Our Faith Journey
Faith does not happen overnight. It’s a journey. From birth to death we’re growing in faith.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most asked questions on beliefs, social issues and giving and mission opportunities.
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