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Epworth by the Sea - scenic photo of the Christian retreat center in St. Simons Island, Ga. named to honor the boyhood home of John and Charles Wesley. The center is a hospitality ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church providing a place for worship, study and fellowship. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications

Epworth by the Sea - scenic photo of the Christian retreat center in St. Simons Island, Ga. named to honor the boyhood home of John and Charles Wesley. The center is a hospitality ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church providing a place for worship, study and fellowship.

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

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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

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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