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Three crosses stand above the cemetery at Israel United Methodist Church near Montrose, W.Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications

Three crosses stand above the cemetery at Israel United Methodist Church near Montrose, W.Va.

What We Believe

The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-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.

 
Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky baptizes the daughter of two elders during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference. File photo, United Methodist Communications.

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

Church members gather for a musical program at Leipsic (Ohio) United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

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

Lighted crosses. Photo illustration by Myranda Kali, courtesy Flickr.

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.

Our Faith Journey

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

InfoServ staff answer questions about The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Woman holds Bible open to the Book of Lamentations. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Glossary

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