To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our 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.
We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities.
The foundation of Christian living is faith in Christ. Faith is the central loyalty that gives purpose and direction to our lives. Click below to find stories that inspire, practices to deepen your spiritual life, and resources to sustain you on your journey of growing and deepening faith.
The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace. This incredible grace flows from God’s great love for us.
Just as creeds such as the Apostles' Creed summarize the belief of all Christians, the Articles of Religion and the Confessions of Faith form a foundation of doctrine for United Methodists. They, along with Wesley's Sermons on Several Occasions and Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, are "standards" of doctrine for United Methodists.
In the link below, we have gathered useful news and features, videos, resources and official church statements around social issues of the day, beliefs and church seasons, and particular areas of ministry in which the church is engaged.
There's a lot to learn about The United Methodist Church. In this section, we share some of the questions asked most often.