Throughout its history in America, the Methodist Church has been marked by differing thoughts which have resulted in separations as well as unifications more frequently than probably most of us realize. This has been the result of well-intentioned peoples seeking to govern a church body that is vibrant and growing. Over the years, some of the differing opinions have been in regards to slavery, women’s’ rights, morality, spirituality, and church governance. Differences have existed before and will in the future. Each person and congregation must work to seek God and pursue His Word and Truth to make their way through these changes. What we as Methodists are navigating now is not unlike things we have encountered before. To help you in your research, reflection, and discernment, here is a list of additional resources pertaining to the history of Methodism in America.
** Did you know that if DeGraff UMC decides to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church, taking on a new denomination, you have the right to stay with the United Methodist Church? If you would like to do so, simply reach out and we will put you in contact with our Capital Area North District and they will provide you with another United Methodist Church with which you can remain a United Methodist.
The United Methodist Church, by Rev. Rob Renfroe of Good News
Rob Renfroe of Good News shares thoughts about the United Methodist Church. Watching the videos in progression will give you a historical look of the United Methodist Church. Length of the videos are 12 to 17 minutes long. Since 1967, Good News has been the classical evangelical witness and ministry for renewal and reform within The United Methodist Church. The mission of Good News is to lead all people within the United Methodist Church to the faithful and vibrant practice of orthodox Wesleyan Christianity.