FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friend,

 

Welcome to the official website of Free Methodist World Conference! FMWC, as you may be aware, is the apex body of Free Methodist Churches around the world. The worldwide Free Methodist family includes over 1.5 million members in 88 countries.

 

FREE METHODIST WORLD CONFERENCE

IN PORT SHEPSTONE, SOUTH AFRICA

Free Methodist World Conference was held in Port Shepstone, South Africa from October 22-24, 2015.  All General Conferences from across the globe participated except Haiti, India and Rwanda as the delegates could not receive their visas. 

There were many important motions passed in the World Conference including the launch of Decade of Harvest. 

 

A full report of the World Conference is posted under “CURRENT EVENTS” on this website. I am grateful to Mrs. Beryl Kumalo, the honorable member of World Conference Executive Committee, for writing this wonderful report.

 

PURPOSE & MISSION OF FREE METHODISM

 

Free Methodist Church is a Methodist Christian denomination within the holiness movement. It is evangelical in nature and has its roots in the Armenian-Wesleyan tradition.


Free Methodist Church was founded in 1860 right before the Civil War in North America. Millions of blacks were bound as slaves. The newly born church took a stand against slavery. The founding members claimed, “Slavery was sin. Therefore all slaves should be free. There should be no discrimination against blacks or the poor or the new immigrants then flooding the country.”


At a time when many churches raised funds by auctioning the best seats to the highest bidders and discriminated against the poor and black people by restricting them to the poorest seating in their sanctuaries, Free Methodists insisted on “free pews” for everyone.

 
Another important reason why we are called Free is because Jesus gives us the freedom — freedom from sin and guilt, the freedom of the Spirit, freedom to live freely for Jesus in every area.   

Free Methodists exist to maintain the Bible standard of Christianity, and to preach the Gospel to the poor.  We seek to continue the mission of first-century Church which was recovered by John Wesley and the early Methodists who declared they existed “to raise up a holy people.”


B. T. Roberts, Founder of Free Methodist Church, has beautifully laid out the mission of the church – “The church should do what Jesus did: Take the gospel to people who are hurting and oppressed; people with no hope. The gospel is for all, but like Jesus we focus our resources and compassion especially on the poor and the oppressed.


Whenever there is slackness in our missions, or slothfulness in the spirit, we have strong roots to go back to and renew our commitment to the Lord and His mission.


If there is anything you would like to know about Free Methodist Church or the World Conference, please write to the WCEC Secretary Mr. Byan Blankenship at bryanpblankenship@gmail.com


May the Lord of Glory go before you and cause His face to shine on you. 

 


Bishop Joab Lohara
President.

 

 


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