World Methodist Council (WMC)

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7 Sep 1881, UK, at international Ecumenical Methodist Conference in Wesley's Chapel. Conferences were held subsequently at 10-year intervals. Present name and new statutes adopted 1951, Oxford (UK), when frequency of meetings changed to 5-year intervals. Constitution changed: Aug 1961, Oslo (Norway); 1971, Denver CO (USA); 2011, Durban (South Africa).


Link the family of Methodist and related United Churches around the world; deepen the fellowship of Methodist peoples and their unity of witness; strengthen international ties, promote understanding, clarify theological and moral standards and identify priorities for the Methodist movement; strengthen the love of members for Jesus Christ as Lord and for each other as brothers and sisters in the faith; increase awareness whereby this love finds expression in keeping with the life and ministry of John Wesley to proclaim the Gospel and serve Christ in the world; advance unity of theological moral standards; encourage evangelism; promote Christian education and the care for youth; relieve persecuted or needy Christian minorities; provide a means for consultation and cooperation on an international level; study union and reunion proposals.

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Activities pursued through 8 Standing Committees: Ecumenics and Dialogue; Education; Evangelism; Family Life; Social and International Affairs; Theological Education; Worship and Liturgy; Youth. Main elements: proclamation of the Gospel (world evangelism) through World Evangelism Committee and World Methodist Evangelism Institute (WMEI), the latter a division of WMC with offices in Atlanta GA (USA); social witness. Organizes: International Christian Youth Conference; World Ministerial Exchange Programme; regular consultations on theological education, family life and worship. Supports: 'Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies' (every 4 years) and 'Convocation on Theological Education' (every 5 years), for which there are elected committees; Confederación Femenina Metodista América Latina y El Caribe (CFMAL and El Caribe). Bestows annual World Methodist Peace Award. Maintains: Epworth Old Rectory, owned by Council with appointed Trustees; World Methodist Museum, Lake Junaluska NC (USA). Instrumental in setting up: World Association of Christian Radio Amateurs and Listeners (WACRAL).


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Relations with 11 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 114 countries
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  • Theology
    • Christianity
    • Methodist

UN Sustainable Development Goals **



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17. Feb 2020
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