History of the United Methodist Church

This is the beginning of a series – Who are we, as United Methodists? We will delve into our history and our beliefs. This information is taken from the UMC.org website: https://www.umc.org/en/who-we-are/history

The United Methodist Church was formed when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church merged in 1968. But we trace our heritage back so much farther than that. From a small movement in 1700s England, our church is now global with more than 12 million members around the world. While our languages, cultures and nations of origin may differ, a common mission and history unite us in powerful ways. The United Methodist Church was created in 1968, but Methodism dates back to John and Charles Wesley who sought to spread the Methodist movement they began as student small group at Oxford. At about the same time, people like Philip Otterbein and Martin Boehm were leading similar movements that helped people grow in their faith. Those two strands of Christianity came together decades later to form The United Methodist Church.

On April 23, 1968, with the words, “Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church,” a new denomination was born. The United Methodist Church was created by the joining of The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and The Methodist Church, two major Christian traditions with distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.

The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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.

The United Methodist Church has existed in various forms for more than 200 years. Test your knowledge of its history with these questions.

Susanna Wesley – http://eyotafaithumc.org/her-story/