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Stump the Pastor: Why Am I a Methodist?
Last week someone asked me why I am a Methodist. I was surprised to discover that this question challenged me. It challenged me because first and foremost I consider myself to be a Christian; being a Methodist is secondary to being a Christian.
So after thinking about it, I wrote down some of the reasons why I am a Wesleyan Christian, a.k.a a Methodist.
1. God rules the United Methodist church. As a follower of God, I want to be where the Spirit of our God is and I want to be God’s partner in ministry. The United Methodist church is a great place to be in ministry.
2. Jesus has put me into a United Methodist church. Prior to becoming a Christian I was an atheist due to my upbringing and background (if you want to know more, read my testimony titled How I Became a Christian on this blog: here is the link). After finding God, I attended a Southern Baptist church, a non-denominational church, have been to a Catholic church once or twice, and was married in a Presbyterian church. Six years after we were married, my wife and I ended up in a Methodist church because there was a feeling inside of me that kept pushing me to go to that specific church. At the time I did not know what denomination that church was, nor did I know anyone there. From the moment that my wife and I stepped into that church, I felt a connection with God and with the congregation. It was in that church that I received my call to ministry.
3. I have faith that the Holy Spirit of our God and the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is among men and women called Methodists when we gather together for Holy Conferencing. These experiences of the Holy Spirit and God’s Grace keep me rooted in the Methodist church.
4. I have a hope and a vision for this Church (denomination) and for the congregation(s) that I serve, and I feel that this dream can be fulfilled within the structure and support of the United Methodist church. That hope and vision is like a wind that energizes me and keeps me focused on my journey.