World Methodist Council

The World Methodist Council is composed of 500 members representing the member churches. Council members serve a term of five years. At least one person from each member church serves on the Council's executive committee. The Council's activities include the following:

    •    Standing committees on education; evangelism; ecumenics and dialogues; family life; social and international affairs; theological education, worship and liturgy; and youth;
    •    An active programme of world evangelism;
    •    Active bi-lateral dialogues with the Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, and previously with the Lutheran World Federation, the Anglican Communion, and plans to be in dialogue with the Orthodox Church;
    •    Worldwide ministerial exchange programme;
    •    Affiliation with the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women, the World Fellowship of Methodist and Uniting Church Men, and the World Methodist Historical Society;
    •    Co-sponsoring the Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies every five years, bringing together the best theological minds from around the world to share and discuss relevant topics;
    •    Annual World Methodist Peace Award given to an individual or group whose work for peace and reconciliation is notable.

Methodist individuals and churches have made strong contributions to the modern ecumenical movement from its earliest days.

Member churches of the World Methodist Council in Latin America and the Caribbean have formed a regional body, the Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches in Latin America and the Caribbean (CIEMAL in Spanish). An Asian Methodist Bishop's Council was set up a few years ago. There is also a European Methodist Council, and there are British and North American Sections within the WMC.

The headquarters of World Methodism is located at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina (USA). The WMC has 76 member churches representing 40 million believers. Of these, 59 churches are members of the WCC.

Periodical: World Parish

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Members:

(Within the WCC membership)

Other members:

Africa:

African Methodist Episcopal Church, Central Africa (Zambia)

African Methodist Episcopal Church, Southern Africa

African Methodist Episcopal Church, West Africa

African Methodist Church in Zimbabwe

United Methodist Church, Congo Central Conference (DRC)

United Methodist Church, Africa Central Conference (Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe)

United Methodist Church, West Africa Central Conference (Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)

West Africa Methodist Church, Sierra Leone

Asia:

Bangladesh Methodist Church

Chinese Methodist Church in Australia

Methodist Church, Hong Kong

Methodist Church, Lower Myanmar

Methodist Church, Republic of China

United Methodist Church, Philippines Central Conference

Caribbean:

Dominican Evangelical Church (Dominican Rep.)

Europe:

Evangelical Methodist Church of Portugal
United Methodist Church, Central and Southern Europe Conference (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech and Slovak Republics, France, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Serbia & Montenegro, Macedonia)
United Methodist Church, Germany Central Conference
United Methodist Church, Northern Europe Central Conference (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Russia)

Latin America:

Evangelical Methodist Church of Costa Rica

Evangelical Methodist Church of Panama

Evangelical Methodist Community of Paraguay

Methodist Church of Colombia

United Evangelical Church of Ecuador

North America:

African Methodist Episcopal Church (USA)

Church of the Nazarene (USA)

Free Methodist Church (USA)

United Methodist Church (USA)

Wesleyan Church (USA)

Associate members:

(Within the WCC membership)

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Other associate members:

Last updated:01/01/06