What We (Methodists) Believe


The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. Read More. 

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage. Read More.

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

  • We believe in God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons. Read More.

  • We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrates God's redeeming love. Read More.

  • We believe the Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work. Read More.

  • Genesis 1:27 asserts that we've been made in the image of the Creator. Like God, we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create. Read More.

  • The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. Read More.

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice. Read More.

  • The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope. Read More.

  • "Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine. Through Scripture the living Christ meets us in the experience of redeeming grace."
    --Book of Discipline.  Read More.


The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord's Supper. Read More.