December 29, 2022 | by Selby Ewing
In this season of church separation, even some life-long, generations-long United Methodists might be questioning what it means to be a part of our denomination.
The United Methodist Church is a connectional system through which each of us are capable of more missional impact than any one person or one church could ever be. Yet, through time and familiarity it can be easy to overlook or underestimate the impact of United Methodist local, national, and global commitment.
Even if being United Methodist is 'just the way we've always done church' for you and your family, now is a great opportunity to reinforce our understanding of United Methodism and recommit to the church that exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
To help even us lifers remember who we are, UMCom, the national agency that cares for our communication resources, has launched a new website called proudtobeumc.com.
The site leads with this paragraph from The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline:
“United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit.” We seek to be passionate followers of Jesus who pursue a deeply personal faith and live lives characterized by justice, kindness and compassion. We love the Bible and seek to live its words, but recognize the importance of rightly interpreting it. We’re a church that values conservatives, centrists and progressives who come together to grow in our love for God and for our neighbor. Our mission is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
 The United Methodist Book of Discipline, paragraph 102, section 1.
The website features a 'commit' button that local churches can click to list their faith family as one committed to remaining United Methodist. There are also a number of resources for local churches that unpack what it means to #BeUMC.
One of those resources is a video series by Rev. Adam Hamilton, lead pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. In the videos Hamilton responds to 6 points from Good News Magazine President and Publisher Rob Renfroe. Renfroe listed 6 reasons to leave The United Methodist Church. With so much rhetoric happening across our denomination, it is helpful to hear Hamilton's grounding perspective.
California-Nevada Conference resource
Click here for a recent article and California-Nevada conference specific resources for your local church. Our package of resources customized for the local church entitled We Are the Church Together is rooted in a resource created by UMCom and includes a powerpoint, presentation script and booklet so local churches can tailor presentations of the material.
As we look toward a new year and imagine all we hope to accomplish, take a moment to explore the foundations of United Methodism and make your own commitment to be in mission together, across our United Methodist connection. #BeUMC.