What are Free Methodists?

Free Methodists are people who follow Christ’s teachings. These are explained in the Holy Bible, God’s Word. The Bible is the guide to a satisfying life. Free Methodists earnestly seek to spread His Word throughout the world. They proclaim Christ’s love for all people. The Free Methodist Church is a well recognized Christian denomination emphasizing holy living. free methodist logo

 

 

Why Free?

Historically, the Free Methodist Church was organized at Pekin, New York, August 23, 1860. The first bishop of the new church was Benjamin Titus  Roberts. He was a champion for equal rights (especially for women), writer, publisher, Christian educator, and holiness preacher. The influence of his character and ministry continue today.

In 1860, the “free” in Free Methodist emphasized certain basic freedoms found in the Scriptures:
  • Human freedom, upholding the right of every person to be free, denying the right of anyone to hold slaves;
  • Freedom and simplicity in worship;
  • Free seats in church, so the poor will not be kept out or discriminated against;
  • Freedom and openness in relationships and loyalties so the truth may always be spoken freely (avoiding vows of secrecy);
  • Freedom of lay persons to be fully involved at all levels of decision making;
  • Freedom from materialism in order to help the poor.

The biblical principles on which these freedoms are based are as important today as ever.

 

 

Why Methodist?

We are “methodists,” believing in a disciplined, simple lifestyle. Our witness to the world is through enthusiastic, orderly methods.