United Methodist Basics

united methodist basics

United Methodist Basics

The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968, but it has had more than two centuries of organization in the United States and around the world. Learn about United Methodist basics: its history, structure, beliefs and ministries through these online courses, live workshops and resources.

United Methodism 101


“United Methodism 101” (UM101) is designed for new United Methodists and anyone wanting to know more about the denomination, as well as long-time United Methodists who would like to check their basic knowledge of the church. Each of the four modules contains many interactive features and takes about one hour to complete at the participant's leisure. The course can be taken online or in a group setting using the CD-Rom and Leader's Guide purchased from our estore.

United Methodism 101 Online Course
United Methodism 101 CD-Rom and Leader's Guide (KIT)

Connectional Giving

The United Methodist Church is a connectional church. That means we can do more together than any one of us can do alone. Discover how United Methodists multiply the church's mission and ministry by scheduling and participating in a connectional giving workshop, taking the online course or sharing information and resources.

Connectional Giving Online Course
Information and Resources

Four Areas of Focus

Discover how The United Methodist Church is focusing on four key ares of ministry in “The Four Areas of Focus” (FAF101) free, self-directed online course. The four areas of leadership development, church growth, ministry with the poor and global health express the vision and yearnings of the people of The United Methodist Church. These areas of ministry focus the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Four Areas of Focus Online Course
Four Areas of Focus website

Contact Us

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