What we believe
The Free Methodist Church emphasises certain issues and concerns in its preaching and activities. A church must have an identity if it is to be healthy and carry out its purposes. Explanations follow of four of these emphases that have top priority.
1. Scripture holiness
The Free Methodist Church recognises the Bible as the rule for all matters of faith and life. Free Methodists practise a positive holiness that is a disciplined lifestyle motivated by Christian love. The holy life, a life of wholeness, is life lived at its best. It is the normal way for Christians to live.
2. Practical Godliness
The Free Methodist Church is not satisfied with just talk. Standards of conduct, detailed in our Membership Covenant spell out practical guidelines for living a truly holy life. In this way, walk and talk match up.
3. Social concern
Our Methodist heritage is lived out in social sensitivity, in Christian love shown through compassion and service. In the UK, North America and world-wide, the Free Methodist Church sponsors programmes to meet human need: hospitals, schools, homes for the elderly, and a worldwide child sponsorship programme.
4. Christian Education
The Free Methodist Church believes that Christianity and education go together. B.T. Roberts, founder of Free Methodism, also started its first school, Chili Seminary (now Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, New York, USA). Today, in the UK, representatives of the FM Church are working in schools: delivering lessons and assemblies, serving as governors, employed as teaching professionals working in many different schools. Concern for quality Christian education is also reflected in local churches through Sunday School classes and midweek programmes for all ages.
5. Evangelism and foreign missions
Winning people to Christ is at the heart of all that Free Methodist people do. Evangelism involves honest concern for others. The Free Methodist Church has a vigorous plan for reaching people for Christ and planting new churches.
The mission statement declares that the church is to make known to people everywhere God's message of good news. The Free Methodist Church maintains an active foreign missions programme of evangelism and education.
Free Methodists are a Family
Free Methodists are a connected people sharing resources in order to do the Lord's work. Here in the UK, pastors meet up twice a year to develop and maintain good relationships between the churches. The Annual Conference Celebration is an opportunity for people from all over the UK to get together and fellowship as one church family. Churches local to each other work together in youth and children's work and outreach events. The Book of Discipline helps to bind the church together with a common set of beliefs and a shared heritage. Globally, Free Methodists join under a common Constitution.