The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a worldwide Protestant denomination based in the United States, and a major part of Methodism. In the 19th century, our main predecessor, the Methodist Episcopal Church, was a leader in evangelicalism. The present denomination was founded in 1968 in Dallas, Texas, by union of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The United Methodist Church traces its roots back to the revival movement of John and Charles Wesley in England, as well as the Great Awakening in the United States. As such, our theological orientation is decidedly Wesleyan. It embraces liturgical, holiness, and evangelical elements.
The United Methodist Church has a connectional polity, a typical feature of a number of Methodist denominations, and is organized into conferences. (Trinity UMC is part of the South Carolina Conference.) The highest level is called the General Conference and is the only organization which may speak officially for the United Methodist Church.