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UMC History




The history presented in this area is reprinted from an out-of-print book, A Brief History of The United Methodist Church, published in 1999 by Discipleship Resources (Nashville, TN), ISBN 0-88177-256-9. Reprinted with permission of Discipleship Resources and Discipleship Ministries.


The Historical Statement from
The Book of Discipline
Approved by the 1996 General Conference


With Introduction by Alan K. Waltz


The text of the "Historical Statement" is from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2008, pages 9-20. Copyright © 1996 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Copyright © 1998 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of the book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever, print or electronic, without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information regarding rights and permissions, contact Discipleship Resources Editorial Offices, P.O. Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37203-0004, phone (615) 340-7200.


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Historical Statement
The Churches Grow, 1817-1843
The Slavery Question and Civil War, 1844-1865
Reconstruction, Prosperity, and New Issues, 1866-1913
World War and More Change, 1914-1939
Movement Toward Union, 1940-1967
Developments and Changes Since 1968
Additional Reading

Categories: UMC History