United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

About Methodism

Methodists believe we are called to practice the teachings of Jesus Christ in the world around us - and to inspire others to join us in this pursuit. We also believe in four key ways to achieve a better understanding of Christ's teachings:
  • through Scripture (what does the Bible say?)
  • through the traditions of the Church (how does the Church interpret the Bible?)
  • through our own experience (have I felt this principle of faith at work in my life?)
  • through human reason (does this principle make intellectual sense?)

Methodism itself was founded by John Wesley and his brother Charles in 1729 in Oxford, England. Methodism as a popular movement dates from 1738, when the Wesley brothers began preaching and attracting like-minded followers. In 1744 the first annual conference was held and the Articles of Religion were drawn up with emphasis on repentance, faith, sanctification, and the privilege of full, free salvation for everyone, an important distinction in class-conscious England.

Methodists are known as "mainline Protestants" and have a rich history of supporting social justice beginning with John Wesley's own opposition to slavery in the early years of the church. For more in-depth information on Methodism, visit www.umc.org.