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World map on parchment. Illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

Illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

Conversation: Worldwide Nature of the Church


For many years, the matter of the worldwide nature of The United Methodist Church, while an impetus for visioning and change, has challenged us to live into new ways of being the church today. 

The issue of the worldwide nature of the church is more than just a conversation about structure

Fundamentally, it is about the theology of a global church that seeks to do mission in the different locations of its members and how they structure themselves for effective ministries within their own context. 

The Connectional Table and the Commission on General Conference invite you consider this important issue at the center of our global denomination. 

The materials below were originally created for use by General Conference delegations, but provide helpful context and information about this important issue to be considered by the General Conference in 2016.


Video Introduction

This video is an orientation to the historic information and documentation regarding the progress that has been made over the past 40+ years. View

A choir of dancing clergywomen celebrate 30 years of women's ordination in the United Methodist Church in Mozambique Dec. 13 at the Cambine Mission. More than 700 people gathered to honor retired clergywomen Lea Jatamo and Amina Isaias, who were ordained in 1979. A UMNS photo by M. Garlinda Burton

Executive Summary

Summary and discussion questions on The United Methodist Church: A Connection for a Worldwide Mission. Read More

Delegates to the 2008 United Methodist General Conference meet in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin. Photo #GC0175. April 25, 2008.; A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin

General Conference Reports

Supplemental material from General Conference reports in 2000, 2008 and 2012 that relate to The UMC’s worldwide nature. Read More

PowerPoint Presentation

Download this presentation on the history and comparison of Central Conferences and Jurisdictions. Download