World Methodist Council

World Methodist Council headquarters at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, containing a museum of Methodism and a small park, the Susannah Wesley Herb Garden

The World Methodist Council, founded in 1881, is a consultative body and association of churches in the Methodist tradition. It comprises 80 member denominations in 133 countries which together represent about 80.5 million people.[1]

Affiliated organizations are the World Fellowship of Methodist and Uniting Churches, the Oxford-Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, the World Methodist Historical Society, World Council of Confederation of Methodist Youth, the World Council of Methodist Men, World Methodist Council of Teens, the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women and The General Commission on Archives and History.


The highest organ of the World Methodist Council is the World Methodist Conference meeting every five years. The last conference, gathering under the theme "Jesus Christ - for the Healing of the Nations," was held in August 2011 in Durban, South Africa.[2] On 24 July 2006, Sunday Mbang stepped down as chairperson of the council and John Barrett took over his position as well as elected president for the council.[3]

In 2006, it formally approved the historical Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

The World Methodist Council has offices in: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; New York City; and Atlanta, Georgia.

Current officers are:


Continuous activities

The World Methodist Council has eight standing committees:

Peace award

The World Methodist Peace Award is the highest honor bestowed by Methodists around the world. Since 1977, it is given annually by the World Methodist Council.

This award is given to individuals or groups "who have made significant contributions to peace, reconciliation and justice", considering courage, creativity and consistency in awarding it.

Recipients of the World Methodist Peace Award include: Habitat for Humanity International, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Boris Trajkovski, former President of Macedonia; the Community of Sant'Egidio in Rome, and the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina.

Evangelism institute

One ministry of the World Methodist Council is the World Methodist Evangelism Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. It is an educational institution committed to the task of world evangelization and connected to a major university, Candler School of Theology, Emory University.


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