General Church

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The United Methodist Church is a worldwide connection of more than 12 million members in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

Through this local, regional, and worldwide connection, church leaders and members join together in mission and ministry, accomplishing far more together than any one person could alone.

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UMC At A Glance
(clockwise from top left) Water project in Liberia; relief supplies in Philippines; doctor and patient in Brazil; primary school in Democratic Republic of Congo; dental student in US; disaster response in US; photos by Mike DuBose, UM News.
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How do United Methodists fund mission?

United Methodists have five major ways to fund mission beyond the local church.

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Image of a circuit rider, courtesy of the General Commission on Archives and History for The United Methodist Church, Drew University.
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Why do United Methodist pastors change churches?

The United Methodist Church's unique system of deploying clergy has its roots in the earliest days of Methodism.

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