What does it mean to be and live as a United Methodist? What is unique about a Wesleyan way of believing and practicing Christianity?
How we Connect
The connection is what holds us together in The United Methodist Church. It means every United Methodist around the world is connected to every other United Methodist. In this video, United Methodist in the Dakotas, share the power of the connection—open table, mission outreach. We are connected by strong relationships through relationships, camp, and our passion for mission. We know God’s prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying grace.
It was John Wesley himself, the founder of the Methodist movement, who first organized his followers into a connexion.
From its earliest days, when Societies became too large and Classes were formed (small groups that met weekly for Bible study), Wesley organized Circuits (clusters of Societies) and created superintendents to supervise them.
From how we practice stewardship to how we "do" communion, the connection has many manifestations and is at the core of what it means to be The United Methodist Church. Learn more about the connection.
The Wesleyan Concept of Grace
By Joe Iovino | United Methodist Communications
The Bible teaches us that everything we have from God is given because of God's great love for us. "You are saved by God's grace because of your faith," Ephesians 2 reads. "This salvation is God's gift. It's not something you possessed. It's not something you did that you can be proud of" (Ephesians 2:8-9 CEB).
United Methodists recognize God's grace at work throughout our spiritual journeys. John Wesley, the historic founder of the Methodist movement, wrote and preached about the role of God's grace to prepare us, redeem us, and continually shape us into the people we were created to be.
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