What is a methodist

Who or what are Methodists?

The Methodist Church, originally founded in England between 1729 and 1735 by John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, is today in the United States of America with the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist denomination with the largest number of members - followed by branches in Africa and Europe , the Philippines and South America.

Focus on the Bible

In the broadest sense, the Methodist religious interpretation, which is still missionary, is subject to the influences of Puritanism (Latin: "puritas" - "purity"), a form of religiosity that exclusively uses God's word, i.e. the Bible, and not just general good and good Focuses on action.

Churches, lay people, membership

The places of worship are kept simple, the rituals of the established churches are dispensed with in the worship service, in addition to clergymen (pastors), laypeople are allowed to speak and baptism is not the sole blissful criterion of membership.

Only those who, as adults, consciously commit themselves to the community life of the Methodist Church can become a comrade-in-arms.

Engagement in ecumenism

Incidentally, the Methodists by no means prescribe an independent theological path - which is fundamentally in opposition to the generally prevailing denominations - but are involved in ecumenism, are open to other religious communities, strive for mutual understanding of all denominations and unconditionally maintain social work and activity of its members for an indispensable part of Christian life.

Author: Manfred Zorn