What It Means to be United Methodist

Launching Your Church Image


Welcome to What it Means to Be United Methodist, a learning opportunity from United Methodist Communications. Ask church members what it actually means to be a United Methodist and you'll likely get a number of answers. Living as a member of the United Methodist Church is both an individual experience and a connectional experience. Members of the church share beliefs and practices regardless of background or geography. This course will help you explore what connects United Methodists across the world. 

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In this course, you will explore:

  • What We Believe. Learn about basic United Methodist beliefs and practices.
  • Our Roots. Explore the history of Methodism and the former denominational bodies that led to the formation of the United Methodist Church in 1968.
  • Modern United Methodism. Learn about the current state of the United Methodist Church.
  • Church Structure. Find out how the United Methodist Church is connectional. Gain a better picture of how the local church relates to the worldwide denomination.