Kingswood is part of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, which provides leadership and support for more than 1,100 churches and 300,000 members throughout North Carolina. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
To learn more about the United Methodist Church, visit www.umc.org
Following are excerpts from the UMC.org website.
United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. Our members speak many languages and live in many countries.
No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure—referred to as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning. Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. We live out our call to mission and ministry by engaging in ministry with the poor, combating diseases of poverty by improving health globally, creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations, and developing principled Christian leaders. No one congregation can do all these ministries, but together—through the power of our connection—we can make a tremendous difference.
United Methodist Churches are part of an active global connection
United Methodists often joke about the many organizational layers of church life, but, as members of other denominations have been heard to say: “If you want something done, get the Methodists to do it.” Followers of the Wesleys are indeed “methodical” about the ways they approach mission and ministry.
One reason United Methodists are able to accomplish great things is the church’s emphasis on “connectionalism.” It is common to hear United Methodist leaders speak of the denomination as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning.
The United Methodist Church, which began as a movement and a loose network of local societies with a mission, has grown into one of the most carefully organized and largest denominations in the world. The United Methodist structure and organization began as a means of accomplishing the mission of spreading Scriptural Holiness over the land. John Wesley recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the “connexion,” which was an interlocking system of classes, societies, and annual conferences. (UM Member’s Handbook, p 24)
No local church is the total body of Christ. Therefore, local United Methodist churches are bound together by a common mission and common governance that accomplish reaching out into the world. United Methodist churches and organizations join in mission with each other and with other denominations.
Connectionalism shows through the clergy appointment system, through the developing of mission and ministry that United Methodists do together, and through giving.
An example of connectionalism: Mission work around the world, whether it be a new university in Africa or bicycles for Cuban pastors, is the work of “the connection,” as opposed to the work of a single congregation.
From United Methodism 101, an online introduction to the UMC.
The People of The United Methodist Church
v Help people in their community
v Accept you for who you are
v Offer a place to belong
v Care for and support each other
v Show respect for other religions
v Support people facing difficulty
v Welcome diverse opinions and beliefs
v Guide others to find deeper meaning
United Methodist Colleges and Universities
Across the US, choose from 124 UMC-related institutions, including nine major universities, 13 seminaries, 12 historically Black colleges and eight, two-year colleges. Learn more about UMC-related institutions.
The Western North Carolina Conference has five UMC-related colleges and universities from which to choose.
The college where dreams can become reality: if you can dream it, you can achieve it.
4-year women’s liberal arts college located near historic downtown Greensboro. Student-Faculty Ratio: 12:1 – 617 students from 34 states and 6 foreign countries.
For hearts and minds as large as the mountains.
4-year liberal arts college located on a 120-acre campus within the city of Brevard; near Asheville and Pisgah National Forest. Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1 – 687 students from 27 states and 16 foreign countries.
Our professors know their students’ names. You should know ours.
4-year liberal arts college located on a 80-acre tree-lined campus in a historical district bordering downtown Greensboro. Offers graduate and undergraduate degrees with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, with 1,300 students from approximately 33 states and more than 22 nations.
Named a top-tier southern liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report.
4-year liberal arts university offering 45 majors. Over 3,000 students from 41 states and 34 countries. Full academic scholarships available to qualified students. NCAA Division I athletics (Big South Conference member).
Engaged Learning, Christian Service, Citizenship, Character Development, Servant Leadership.
4-year liberal arts university with graduate and degree completion programs. Undergraduate residential campus located in Misenheimer, NC on 340 wooded acres. Additional campuses are located in Charlotte and the Research Triangle area.