In the decades since the Cuban revolution, church members have fertilized their traditional Methodist roots with a homegrown spirit, transforming worship with music and enthusiastic prayer and calling upon each believer to be an evangelist for Christ.
Eighty percent of the municipalities in Cuba now have a Methodist church and preaching locations cover nearly the entire country, serving about 43,000 members and a community of 65,000. Encouraged by Bishop Ricardo Pereira, young people flock to the church and the 10-year-old seminary and district and local extension programs promote education and leadership.
Writer Linda Bloom and photographer Mike DuBose traveled to Cuba in November 2016 on behalf of United Methodist News Service to learn more about the Methodist Church in Cuba.
The first stories in this series debut Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, with the second two publishing Feb. 7 and 9.
For Methodists in Cuba, ‘These are good times’
Hard work and good relations — with fellow Cubans, United Methodists and others — help shape today’s church. Read More
Building a church growth strategy in Cuba
From cell group to mission to church, the goal of the Methodist Church in Cuba is to make each member an evangelist. Read More
Cuban worship: Music, prayer and passion
For Methodists in Cuba, praising God is about being supported by a community, not just about individual faith. Read More
Cuban Methodists are packing the pews
Decades after Castro’s revolution, the church has combined Wesleyan and Pentecostal elements to form its own identity. Read More