The United Methodist Church is a global church. it is not simply based in the US but based all over the world. Each local church or mission is a base for the UMC. I am going to show a set of images which reveal how the Central Conferences around the world are structured.

Central Conferences came into exist in the 1880s out of demand for the growing Church in Asia especially. Methodist missions around the world peaked from the 1840s to the 1920s. Soon after that, churches in Japan, Mexico, and Korea became autonomous. In the 1950s, a working group was organized at General Conference in order to coordinate with churches outside of a strictly missionary context. There are UMC missionaries all over the world, but the Central conferences which I am showing here are each church in explicit and continuous connection with even Berkeley UMC. 

There are Methodist churches in many other parts of the world. We are in connection with them through the World Methodist Council

A major distinction between Methodist churches globally and the Central Conferences is that each central conference sends delegates to General Conference. A delegate from the Philippines or Russia has just as much say as a delegate from Houston or San Antonio. 

General Conferences have many translators for each time it meets. In 2016, there was even a session entirely in French.

I have a friendship with the District Superintendent of Hungary and I hope to continue to build further relationships with the UMC there.

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