First United Methodist Church
      What's So Great About Being A United Methodist?

1 - We are a church that encourages a strong pulpit. People come expecting to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed powerfully.

2 - We are a church that encourages a strong, warmhearted personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is at the heart of everything we do.

3 - We are a world wide church. You can find a United Methodist church, mission, school, hospital, or clinic in many villages, hamlets, towns, or cities around the world.

4 - We are an open, inclusive church. Our members come from every culture and from every socioeconomic group and all are embraced. We have more Asian-American and Native-American members than any other denomination. We have more African-American members than several other denominations combined. In addition, we have been at the forefront in encouraging women to give strong leadership in the church and therefore we have more women clergy that any other denomination.

5 - We are a giving church. Every person who joins the United Methodist Church promises to serve God and support the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service, and that pledge of loyalty enables us to give generously to benevolences and mission efforts.

6 - We are a church with a family spirit. That family spirit enables us to be there for each other in our joys and sorrows from the cradle to the grave.

7 - We are a church that owns and operates many colleges, hospitals, children's homes, and homes for the elderly; plus we operate the oldest church-owned publishing house in the world.

8 - We are a church that reaches out with deep compassion to help hurting people. Our UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is quickly on the scene all over the world wherever there is a natural disaster or any kind of pain or heartache to provide aid and love and care. We feed more than a million children every day.

9 - We are a church with a great social creed that has been an inspiration to all in Christendom.

10 - We continue Christ's ministry of preaching, teaching, heating, and caring.

(From a pamphlet entitled What's So Great About Being A United Methodist? written by The Rev. Dr. James W. Moore, pastor of St Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.)