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Choir members from the United Methodist church in Kamina, Democratic Republic of the Congo sing during a cultural celebration.

What We Believe

The United Methodist Church is an 12.5-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.

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. Read More

Mission Statement

See the full mission statement of The United Methodist Church and learn about the nature of our mission in the world. Read More

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. Read More

Faith is a journey. Photo of backpacker hiking in Montgomery  Bell State Park in Tenn. by Mike DuBose.

Spiritual Living

Faith does not happen overnight. It’s a journey. From birth to death we’re growing in faith. Read More

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most asked questions on beliefs, social issues and giving and mission opportunities. Read More

Glossary

Ever wonder what a theological or church term means? Use this glossary to look up the meanings of unfamiliar words. Read More