UMC History

On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop  Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church,  and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the  constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, "Lord  of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The  United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth by two  churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in  various parts of the world.

Theological traditions steeped in the  Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical  structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years  facilitated the union. In the Evangelical United Brethren heritage, for  example, Philip William Otterbein, the principal founder of the United  Brethren in Christ, assisted in the ordination of Francis Asbury to the  superintendency of American Methodist work. Jacob Albright, through  whose religious experience and leadership the Evangelical Association  was begun, was nurtured in a Methodist class meeting following his  conversion.

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The Churches Grow

The Slavery Question and Civil War

The United Methodist Church 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...

The Second Great Awakening was the dominant religious development among Protestants in America in the first half of the nineteenth century.  Through revivals and camp meetings sinners were brought to...

John Wesley was an ardent opponent of slavery. Many of the leaders of  early American Methodism shared his hatred for this form of human  bondage. The United Brethren in Christ...

Reconstruction, Prosperity,
and New Issues

World War and More Change

Movement Toward Union

The Civil War dealt an especially harsh blow to The Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Its membership fell to two-thirds its pre-war strength.  Many of its churches lay in ruins or...

In the years immediately prior to World War I, there was much sympathy  in the churches for negotiation and arbitration as visible alternatives  to international armed conflict. Many church members...

Although Methodists, Evangelicals, and United Brethren each had  published strong statements condemning war and advocating peaceful  reconciliation among the nations, the strength of their positions was  largely lost with American...

Developments and Changes Since 1968

When The United Methodist Church was created in 1968, it had  approximately 11 million members, making it one of the largest  Protestant churches in the world.

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