Wesley Chapel is part of the United Methodist connection. That means that we are connected to other United Methodists churches throughout the United States and abroad. United Methodist churches are bound together by a common mission and common governance that help us to reach out into the world. United Methodist churches and organizations join in mission with each other and with other denominations.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the “connexion,” which was an interlocking system of classes, societies, and annual conferences. Connectionalism shows through the clergy appointment system, through the developing of mission and ministry that United Methodists do together, and through giving. Mission work around the world, whether it be a new university in Africa or bicycles for Cuban pastors, is the work of “the connection,” as opposed to the work of a single congregation.
We are stronger because of the connection, and we are better able to fulfill the Great Commission that is the mission of the United Methodist Church: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.