General Church

Ask The UMC: General Church information of The United Methodist Church. Ask The UMC is a service of United Methodist Communications. Art by United Methodist Communications.

The United Methodist Church is a worldwide connection of more than 12 million members in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

Through this local, regional, and worldwide connection, church leaders and members join together in mission and ministry, accomplishing far more together than any one person could alone.

Learn more about who we are.

UMC At A Glance
(clockwise from top left) Water project in Liberia; relief supplies in Philippines; doctor and patient in Brazil; primary school in Democratic Republic of Congo; dental student in US; disaster response in US; photos by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ask The UMC-FAQs

How do United Methodists fund mission?

United Methodists have five major ways to fund mission beyond the local church.

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon and benediction during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News. Ask The UMC is a service of United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC-FAQs

How often has there been a special called General Conference?

General Conference usually meets every four years. How many special ones have been held?



General Conference