United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. Our members speak many languages and live in many countries.
No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure—referred to as “the connection." This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning. Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. We live out our call to mission and ministry by engaging in ministry with the poor, combating diseases of poverty by improving health globally, creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations, and developing principled Christian leaders. No one congregation can do all these ministries, but together—through the power of our connection—we can make a tremendous difference.
The Virginia Conference is involved in ministries in a wide range of areas — evangelism, social justice, ministry with persons with disabilities, disaster response, mission, campus ministry, ministry with children and youth, ministry with singles, ministry with older adults, ministry with families, ministries specifically for men and women, ethnic ministries, discipleship, communications, the laity — all under the umbrella of the Common Table.
UCP is part of the Arlington District of the Virginia Conference. Working with the Alexandria District, the Bi-District Offices help provide local churches with expertise in reaching out to all God’s people to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.