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The United Methodist Church

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About The United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church merged. The denomination shares a common history and heritage with other Methodist and Wesleyan bodies. The lives and ministries of John Wesley (1703-1791) and of his brother, Charles (1707-1788), mark the origin of their common roots.

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Other United Methodist General Agencies

General Commission on Archives and History
Gathers, preserves, and disseminates materials on the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents. It maintains archives and a library in which the historical records are kept.

General Commission on Communication (United Methodist Communications)
Provides leadership for the denomination in the fields of communication, public relations, and promotion of the general funds and programs of the denomination. It is the official news gathering and distribution agency of the denomination. It provides resources and services to local churches and annual conferences in the field of communications.

General Commission on Christian Unity & Interreligious Concerns
Advocates for and works toward Christian unity in every aspect of the life of The United Methodist Church. It works to enable ecumenical and interreligious understanding and experience among all United Methodists.

United Methodist Publishing House
The United Methodist Publishing House distributes all the official publications, records and forms of the denomination, publishes books through Abingdon Press, and operates Cokesbury retail and online stores, mail order service. It also publishes and distributes church school materials and resources throughout the denomination.

General Commission on Religion and Race
Focused on bringing about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in The United Methodist Church. The commission carries out its work through advocacy of the issues and by reviewing and monitoring the practices of the denomination.

General Council on Finance and Administration
Administers the finances and operational needs of the denomination and serves as the general treasurer of the denomination.

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Prepares and assists people to fulfill their ordained ministries and to provide general oversight for campus ministries and institutions of higher education.

General Board of Discipleship
Provides leadership and resources in the areas of spiritual growth and development, devotional literature, curriculum resources, Christian education, evangelism, worship, stewardship, and ministry of the laity. The General Board of Discipleship oversees The Upper Room.

General Commission on United Methodist Men
Involves men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and his church and to provide resources and support for programs of evangelism, stewardship and the needs of men.

General Board of Pension and Health Benefits
Supervises and administers the pension and benefits programs, plans, and funds of The United Methodist Church. It administers and disburses the retirement and benefit funds of the various annual conferences.

General Board of Church and Society
Challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern and develops resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society.

General Commission on Status and Role of Women
Challenges The United Methodist Church to a commitment to the full participation of women in the complete life and mission of the church. The commission serves as an advocate for and on behalf of women, seeks to eliminate inequities in relation to women in the church, and monitors the general agencies, institutions, and connectional structures to ensure inclusiveness of women.

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About John Wesley John Wesley Sermons
Charles Wesley Hymns The Wesleys & Their Times

Chapel Sierra Leone, 19th century, at time of Amistad slave rebellion.
The Spirit of Amistad

Learn more about the Amistad story and the origins of The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone.