United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. We are the home to both President Bush and Senator Dole, as well as President Clinton’s family when he was in the White House. Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation, and especially the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Southern Methodist University was started by Methodists. Harris Methodist Hospital and all the related healthcare entities to Harris were started by Methodists. Other institutions include Texas Wesleyan University, Aldersgate enrichment center, Wesleyan homes, and other community agencies and ministries were started by Methodists.
United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian Faith. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking 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. It is a denomination of “reasonable enthusiasts” as our Methodist founder, John Wesley, would say, with an emphasis on combining faith and reason, knowledge and vital piety.
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.