What We Believe

The sun rises behind the seawall cross at Belin United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography

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.

We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage in the pages below.

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God is at work in our lives before we know it, often through the love others show us. Photo by Kathleen Barry, 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. These introductory pages will help you discover what it means to be a United Methodist. More

St. Luke United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

UMC Topics

Find useful news and features, videos, resources and official church statements around social issues of the day, beliefs and church seasons, and particular areas of ministry in which the church is engaged. More

Seminary students ask questions of the Rev. Adam Hamilton during the seminary students briefing at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC-FAQs

Have questions? We have answers! Here you can find our responses to many of the questions we're asked most often and a place to submit your question. More