urfm: you are the free methodist church
“So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5, NIV).
As people who follow Jesus and whose lives are connected to God and to each other, we make up the church. Through the work of the of Holy Spirit, together, our first identity is “in Christ.” We are individuals, but we are in Christ.
Each of us as individuals make up “the church.” We are the hands and feet, the expression and action of Jesus in the world – in our culture.
The organization of the church helps us organize but we are the church. Each one of us are what make up the church. They are not the church. We are the church. You are the church – the body of Christ. You are the Free Methodist Church, doing the works of God in your community, in your city and town and in our world. Urfm.
Jesus Christ completely knows you. You matter to Him and He wants you to know Him also.
The life, death and resurrection power of Christ enables you to be completely transformed into a whole person. This wholeness actually gives us a new beginning; this new start brings lasting peace and a new life. Our new lives are lived in Christ.
Connected to something bigger
Each one of us makes up the church. You are the Free Methodist Church. The Free Methodist Church is a connectional denomination. Free Methodists are in 80 world areas. Just as you are connected to your local church, your local Free Methodist church is connected to other Free Methodist churches in your geographic region. We call these connected groups of local churches: “annual conferences.”
There are 24 annual conferences that make the FMC-USA General Conference.
And finally, there are 15 additional Free Methodist General Conferences around the world that make up what we call the Free Methodist World Conference. The Free Methodist Church-USA makes up only 7% of Free Methodists in the world (based on available 2017 statistics).
engaged through common values
As Free Methodists, we share a common perspective. We value the voice of everyone.
We engage with each other by assuring a balance in leadership with both lay and clergy represented equally at the national committee level.
By sharing a portion of our resources with one another through a national office, we do more together than we could do alone.
We engage in common ministries for greater impact.
Our common values of freedom, holiness, and generosity to the marginalized guide our engagement together.
invited to belong
The movement of Free Methodists has been one of welcoming everyone – especially those seen as less than from the world’s viewpoint. You are invited to the table, set by Jesus, to be made whole.
You are invited to belong through membership. It’s our way of reflecting to each other that we’re all in with one another.
You are invited to say, “yes” to God with your whole life.