Candidating for the methodist church
In 2015, Pew Research estimated that 3.6% of the US population, or 9 million adult adherents, self-identify with the United Methodist Church revealing a much larger number of adherents than registered membership.
The movement which would become The United Methodist Church began in the mid-18th century within the Church of England.
On May 25, 1738, after listening to a reading of Martin Luther's preface to Romans, John finally understood that his good works could not save him and he could rest in God's grace for salvation. He said "they appeared to be of one heart, as well as of one judgment, resolved to be Bible-Christians at all events; and, wherever they were, to preach with all their might plain, old, Bible Christianity".
For the first time in his life, he felt complete peace and the assurance of salvation. The ministers retained their membership in the Church of England.
It was founded in 1968 in Dallas, Texas, United States, by union of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
With 4000 circuit riders by 1844, the Methodist Episcopal Church rapidly became the largest Protestant denomination in the country. George's United Methodist Church, located at the corner of 4th and New Streets, in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, is the oldest Methodist church in continuous use in the United States, beginning in 1769.Though not always emphasized or appreciated in the Anglican churches of their day, their teaching emphasized salvation by God's grace, acquired through faith in Christ.Three teachings they saw as the foundation of Christian faith were: The first official organization in the United States occurred in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1784, with the formation of the Methodist Episcopal Church at the Christmas Conference with Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke as the leaders.In the United States, the UMC ranks as the largest mainline Protestant denomination, the largest Protestant church after the Southern Baptist Convention, and the third largest Christian denomination.In 2014, its worldwide membership was distributed as follows: 7.2 million in the United States, It is a member of the World Council of Churches, the World Methodist Council, and other religious associations.