Our denominational connection

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Newark United Methodist Church is a local congregation that is part of the Wilmington (Del.) District of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference (ecclesial sub-region comprising the state of Delaware and Eastern Shore counties of Maryland).  This Conference is part of the Northeast Jurisdiction (ecclesial region) of General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

What this means is that, within this mainline Protestant denomination of Christianity, there is a connection among United Methodist congregations throughout the United States and, indeed, throughout the world, by way of the General Conference—the denomination’s official ecclesial, jurisdictional, and representational body.

It is common to hear United Methodist leaders speak of the denomination as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning.

The United Methodist Church, which began as a movement and a loose network of local societies with a mission, has grown into one of the most carefully organized and largest denominations in the world. The United Methodist structure and organization began as a means of accomplishing the mission of spreading scriptural holiness over the land. John Wesley recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the “connexion,” which was an interlocking system of classes, societies, and annual conferences (UM Member’s Handbook, p. 24).

No local church is the total body of Christ. Therefore, local United Methodist churches are bound together by a common mission and common governance that accomplish reaching out into the world. United Methodist churches and organizations join in mission with each other and with other denominations.

Connectionalism shows through the clergy appointment system, through the developing of mission and ministry that United Methodists do together, and through giving.

The United Methodist Church is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.  Its stated mission is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Partial source: The United Methodist Discipline