The United Methodist Church as a singular denomination was created on April 23, 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren church and the Methodist Church united.
But the roots of the United Methodist Church go much deeper and further back in History. Under the leadership of brothers, John and Charles Wesley, we can trace our roots back to the movement begun in England under the Church of England. Seeking to focus on Holiness, John and Charles Wesley believed that salvation was a plan enacted by God to save all people from their sins if only they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Focusing on the Grace of God, the brothers found that God's grace is prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying. It is prevenient in that God works before we even realize it to bring us back to him. His grace is justifying in that it makes us Holy once again, allowing us to approach God and be in his presence. And it is sanctifying in that God's grace is constantly at work in us to make us whole once again.
As United Methodists, we believe that God is always at work in our lives. John Wesley once said, "God works so we can work. God works so we must work." In other words, because God is at work in our lives, we can partner with Christ in the work he is already doing. But we also must work because we cannot help but to share the love Christ has shared with us.
The Mission of the United Methodist Church:
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We fulfill this mission through the local church which are called to be the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.
If you would like to know more about the United Methodist Church, please visit www.umc.org or contact Pastor Cliff.