United Methodists share a common heritage with other Christians: conviction that God has mercy and love for all people; belief in a triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; faith in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ; celebration of the sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion). Four guidelines which help us understand our faith are: Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason.
United Methodists believe in the primacy of grace (God’s unmerited love), human dignity, conversion, faith and good works, and tolerance. For us social consciousness has always gone hand in hand with faith. United Methodists seek to follow what is known as Our Social Creed, as found in The Book of Discipline, paragraph 166, page 122:
As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
The United Methodist Church is a “connectional church,” which means our churches are connected by a system to guide our work and govern our policies.
This also allows us to pool our resources so that we may more effectively work together and be in ministry throughout the world.