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Our United Methodist Vows

Illustration by Troy Dossett, United Methodist Communications

How can we go beyond the words we profess to fully living through our United Methodist vows? Explore your vows with this five-part series.


When we become professing members of a United Methodist congregation, we profess our faith in God, our desire to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, and our commitment to join with our church community to keep the vows of our Baptismal Covenant.

One of those vows is to faithfully participate in the life and ministries of our local congregation through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. But, how can we go beyond the words we profess to actually living into these vows?

In this special five-part series, we’ll look at each aspect of this membership vow and how United Methodists can answer the call to serve Christ through the local church.

You can also download a copy of your United Methodist vows to display in your home and remind you of your faith journey.

United Methodists vow to uphold their congregation through their prayers, but it isn't always clear what that means. Photo via, CC0 Creative Commons

A promise to pray: Honoring our United Methodist vow

United Methodists pledge to participate in a local congregation through their prayers, but building a solid prayer life can be a struggle for some. Read More

Young people worship at First United Methodist Church in Baguio City, Philippines. The church has a worship service on Sunday afternoons that caters to the young and young at heart, said Dr. Neil Peralta, chairperson for the worship committee. Photo courtesy Baguio City First United Methodist Church Communications Committee.

The blessings of presence: Honoring our United Methodist vow

“So much of discipleship is showing up.” The United Methodist pledge to be present goes beyond Sunday morning. Learn more in this five-part series. Read More

Each confirmation candidate, like this one in Ocean City, Md., has his or her own special gift. As part of our United Methodist vow, we pledge to share our gifts with others.

Share your gifts: Honoring our United Methodist vow

While most people may associate gifts with money, sharing your spiritual gifts is also an important aspect of participating in the local church. Read More

Her hands spattered with paint, volunteer Kathy Ahmad (right) plays a game with Franckenson Renevil during a break from renovating the Methodist Children's Home orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Serving God and others: Honoring our United Methodist vow

Ministering to the needs of others is a hallmark of United Methodism. Service work provides the opportunity for fellowship and faithfulness. Read More

A member of The Gathering United Methodist Church in St. Louis works with a student at Washington Elementary School as part of the church's Literacy Project. Photo courtesy of The Gathering.

What it means to witness: Honoring our United Methodist vow

There are many ways to share the good news. "When you make yourself approachable ... people will ask about faith." Series continues about the meaning of our membership vows. Read More