About the United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church combined. With this merger came two sets of foundational documents to explain tenets of our faith: the Articles of Faith of the Methodist Church and the Confession of Faith of The Evangelical United Brethren Church. Each is listed in our Book of Discipline, which outlines “the law, doctrine, administration, organizational work and procedures of The United Methodist Church.” (umc.org) The United Methodist Church in some shape or form dates all the way back to the late 18th century, when the Methodist Episcopal Church was formed.
The father of Methodism was John Wesley, an Anglican priest who had a passion for sharing God’s grace, growing in knowledge and love of God, and putting faith into practice. Thus, our denomination has a distinctive Wesleyan Heritage that sets us apart from other churches. Among our Wesleyan distinctives is our theological method, or Theological Guidelines, to develop our approach to knowing God and living faithfully as His children. Our journey of faith also includes experiencing God’s grace through the Sacraments, holy ordinances in which Jesus both participated and instructed the Church to practice.