What We Believe
As a denomination of the Christian Faith, The United Methodists support worldwide ministry with other churches to spread the gospel, care for those seeking a connection with God and nurture communities of Christian disciples, following Jesus’ model of love and generosity. We listen, reach beyond ourselves, and offer help, hope and healing to those who are rethinking how to have more meaning in their lives.
For more than 200 years, The United Methodist Church and our predecessors have addressed poverty and the disenfranchised. We are committed to growing congregations and developing Christian leaders with the skills and spiritual strength to cope with the demands of the world. We play a significant role in educating others about devastating diseases, especially those which disproportionately affect the poor. We discern ways to fight disease and to provide better health conditions for people around the world. Our church advocates for justice and equality, and offers a voice when the struggles of the helpless are unheard.
We are connected, caring and concerned about ministry that challenges our passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
All persons are welcome in The United Methodist Church. Celebrating a diversity of peoples, age levels, ideas and cultures, we are enriched by our history. We trace this history back to the 18th-centry evangelical leaders John and Charles Wesley in England. These men changed their world then, today the church seeks to rethink how to effect change in the world.
United Methodists trust free inquiry into matters of Christian doctrine. Our faith is guided by the Scripture, tradition, experience and reason. Scripture is of paramount importance. For United Methodists, the Bible is the record of God’s people living out God’s promise.