We are the People of God

The #BeUMC campaign reminds us of who we are at our best — the spirit-filled, resilient, connected, missional, faithful, diverse, deeply rooted, committed, disciple-making, Jesus-seeking, generous, justice-seeking, world-changing people of God called The United Methodist Church.

#BeUMC honors the core values that connect the people of The United Methodist Church. No matter the challenges we face, God is with us, and we continue to have opportunities to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!

The campaign calls us to embrace our Wesleyan heritage and envision a promising future. Every day offers a chance to live into our mission and to strive to #BeUMC — to be the church our communities so desperately need.

This grassroots effort, built upon powerful stories of congregations and people living their faith, celebrates what draws us to The United Methodist Church and what we aspire to be.

#BeUMC Leader Toolkit

  1. Messaging — Four key pillars are intended to highlight what unites us as United Methodists and what we are working towards, together.
  2. Resources — Amplify the campaign in your conference and local church via downloadable resources for worship, small groups, communications and more.
  3. #BeUMC — Every church member, local church and conference is encouraged to be a part of the campaign by including the #BeUMC hashtag in social media posts.

Campaign Foundation

The United Methodist Church is founded on a Wesleyan theology of grace, anchored in Scripture, and based in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the continuing movement of the Holy Spirit.

Explore #BeUMC messaging

Learn more about the campaign's foundation, the four messaging pillars and the related core values, all of which offer messaging and assets that you can use in your communications.

The Rev. Erica Allen in ministry with Project Transformation at Kirpatrick Elementary in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Disciple Making

First and foremost, we are dedicated to the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in the tradition of John Wesley.

We live out this pillar through these core values: Disciple-making, Faithful and Deeply rooted. Downloadable resources are available for each.

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(From left) Regina Henderson, Bishop John Schol, George Howard and Elizabeth Lee commission Kathleen Pryor. Pryor is one of 29 young adult missionaries commissioned and sent into service by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries at the Interchurch Center Chapel in New York on Aug. 12, 2013. A GBGM photo by Cassandra Zampini.

Belonging & Inclusion

All belong and will be loved in The UMC. All will be heard, respected and engaged. All will be free to develop their personal relationship with God and to serve fully in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

We live out this pillar through these core values: Diverse, Justice-seeking and Resilient. Downloadable resources are available for each.

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Kaci Underwood works to fasten down a tarp over a tornado-damaged roof in advance of a brewing storm in Moore, Okla. Underwood was part of a volunteer team working out of First United Methodist Church in Moore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Influence, Connection, Impact

With more than 12 million members across the globe, we are a powerful connection, living and sharing the grace of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are committed to work for global health, education, creation care, child welfare, disaster recovery and countless other efforts.

We live out this pillar through these core values: Missional, Connected, World-changing and Generous. Downloadable resources are available for each.

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Young people sing during the Next Generation Forum in Monrovia, Liberia. The April 22 event focused on the future of young people in the church. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Experience of God through The UMC

We embrace a Church where we experience our triune God in personal and community relationships, transforming our own lives, the lives around us, and the entire world.

We live out this pillar through these core values: Committed, Jesus-seeking and Spirit-filled. Downloadable resources are available for each.

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Bring the Campaign to Life

Find tips, tools and resources that will help you launch and sustain the campaign in your conference or local church.

Tips and tools

Consider these inspiring ideas and practical suggestions as you find ways to infuse the #BeUMC campaign into the life of your conference or church.

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The Rev. Qianli Jiang delivers the sermon during worship at Mu’en Church in Shanghai, China. Established by Methodist missionaries in 1887, the church formerly was known as the Moore Memorial Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Worship and preaching resources

Incorporate the campaign into worship services with the help of planning ideas, Scripture, preaching notes, prayers, resources and more from Discipleship Ministries.

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Discussion Guide

Provide this resource to small groups who wish to learn more about the campaign’s four messaging pillars and how they celebrate our identity as United Methodists.

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Build awareness and participation

Learn how to use, promote and see examples of the #BeUMC hashtag so that all United Methodists will participate in the campaign.

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Social media ideas

Find out how to encourage participation through social media strategies and real-world examples.

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Facebook profile frame

Add the campaign frame to your Facebook profile picture to show your commitment to #BeUMC.

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Inspirational videos

View and share videos of United Methodists celebrating their commitment to #BeUMC.

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Hear from our Bishops

Explore a narrative from the Council of Bishops that casts a vision for the continuing United Methodist Church.

Bishops' message

The #BeUMC campaign is consistent with our United Methodist Bishops’ “A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church,” adopted in November 2021. Together we share our excitement, enthusiasm and hopes for the future of The United Methodist Church.

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United Methodist Communications conducts research to understand the needs and practices of United Methodist churches. Image by FAVPNG.com.

Review research

Discover the ongoing, long-term research findings that led to the development of this campaign.

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