The Methodist Episcopal Church, South was formally organized in 1832, but traces its history back to the Christmas Conference in Baltimore, Maryland at the Old Otterbein Church in 1784. During the mergers of the Methodist Protestant Church and the M.E. Church, South, there was a group of M.E. Church, South in Maryland who felt it necessary to not engage in the merger and became a Conference unto themselves retaining the name Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Our current history: In January of 2003 the church was renamed The Methodist Episcopal Church USA to better define our ministry and service. At the same time, several conferences in the United States were established. The Mid-America Conference has existed since that time in 2003 and continues today as an independent conference. By 2009 it was apparent the Mid America Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church USA had become an orphaned body. The remaining active membership voted to continue the historic ministry. In 2010 it was decided after much prayer to form the General Conference of MECUSA. We are known as Methodist Episcopal Church, International to better identify our mission
The Methodist Episcopal Church, International seeks to reach out to clergy and laity who are seeking ministry among a group that holds faithful to the historic Christian faith as embodied in the twenty-five articles of religion, a firm, uncompromising conviction that the bible is the inspired, inerrant, authoritative word of God and ultimate rule of faith and practice. MECI also embraces a code of consecrated living—which include sexual purity, the sanctity of life and the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.
It is our goal to preserve historic Christianity and the principles of Methodism in the 21st Century. It is our prayer you will pray about coming alongside the efforts of this historic ministry and partnering with us to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church International is based on the free choice of individuals and congregations who willingly affirm the Doctrinal Essentials and share an affinity with the Methodist Episcopal Church International’s vision to evangelize the unchurched and unconverted faithfully.
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