Council of Bishops
Bishops of The United Methodist Church provide spiritual leadership to more than 12.5 million persons in a broad range of settings on four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Historically, bishops preside over Annual and Central Conferences (regional areas of the church). They play an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world.
On this site you can meet your bishop and learn about the many ways United Methodists are in ministry in your community and around the world.
About The Council of Bishops
All active and retired bishops of The United Methodist Church make up the Council of Bishops.
- Introduction to the Council
- Frequently Asked Questions
- "Firsts" of the Council
- List of bishops, 1784
- 2012 Bylaws
- Council of Bishops' Meetings/Learning Retreats
Four Areas of Ministry Focus
The Council of Bishops supports the church in living out the Four Areas of Focus:
- Combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally.
- Engaging in ministry with the poor.
- Creating new places for new people and renewal of existing local churches.
- Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.
Learn more about the four areas.
Meet the Bishops
This resource will allow you to locate key contact information, biographies, and more for Bishops of The United Methodist Church.
News and Statements
Read the latest headlines concerning the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.
God's Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action
"We cannot help the world until we change our way of being in it."
Imagine No Malaria
Join the United Methodist Church's efforts to overcome malaria.
The Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships builds relationships with other Christian denominations and strengthens the United Methodist ecumenical religious witness around the world.