What is a Methodist
United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America.
We are the denominational home to both former Presidents Bush and Clinton during their families’ time in the White House. Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation, and especially in Florida which is one of the largest community of Methodists in the United States.
United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value intellect and modern science, while at the same time look to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion.
Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith. Methodists have open hearts and open minds and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.