Social Principles of
The United Methodist Church

 The Social Principles are meant to be “instructive and persuasive in the best of the prophetic spirit.” They are a prayerful and thoughtful effort on the part of the General Conference to speak to human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation.” They are an expression of our discipleship and calling, in the words of John Wesley, “To reform the nation, particularly the church, and to spread scriptural holiness over the land.”

 By adopting the Social Principles, the General Conference, as our church’s highest policy making body, has officially spoken on a wide range of social issues for and to The United Methodist Church, and to our society at the local and global levels. These are subject to review by General Conference which meets every four years, and can be changed only by action of the General Conference.
The sections below are available at
Preface and Preamble   
The Natural World    
Nurturing Community    
The Social Community    
The Economic Community    
The Political Community   
The World Community    
Our Social Creed 




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