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The World Methodist Council is made up of  80 Methodist, Wesleyan and related Uniting and United Churches representing over 80 million members in 138 countries1. To find a member church in your area please use the A-to-Z guide located below. To view a member church’s contact details, click the blue arrow button. * denotes churches under the Central and South Europe Central Conference of the United Methodist Church ** denotes churches under the Northern Europe Central Conference of the United Methodist Church

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Australia, Uniting Church in

The Uniting Church was formed in 1977 by a union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Australia. The largest component of its initial membership was Methodist, as sections of the other two churches remained outside of the union. As indicated by the deliberate choice of its name, the Uniting Church has a strong ecumenical ethos.…Read More
Contact: Colleen GeyerAddress PO Box A2266 Sydney South NSW 1235 AustraliaWork Phone: 02 8267 4204Work Fax: 02 8267 4222

The Uniting Church was formed in 1977 by a union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Australia. The largest component of its initial membership was Methodist, as sections of the other two churches remained outside of the union.
As indicated by the deliberate choice of its name, the Uniting Church has a strong ecumenical ethos. It is an active participant in world church forums, including the World Council of Churches, the Christian Conference of Asia and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and the World Methodist Council. It acts in partnership with 32 churches in Asia and the Pacific, and has long associations with Methodist and United churches in Papua New Guinea, India, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. In Australia it is in national dialogue with nine other churches, although none of those relationships are expected to result in further union in the near future.
The Uniting Church is the third largest church in Australia with approximately 2,000 congregations and 240,000 members and adherents. In common with other „mainstream‟ Australian churches it is faced with the challenge of diminishing numbers as secularism continues to grow.
Government of the church follows an inter-conciliar model. The national Assembly is headed by the church‟s president, elected to office for a period of three years. Six synods, corresponding largely to the states of Australia, are the largest administrative bodies; they are headed by moderators who are elected for terms of 1-3 years. The Presbyteries, or district bodies, only some of which have their own staff, are headed by elected chairpersons.
Among the main features of the church are: An increasing multi-culturalism, five percent of the membership worships in languages other than English; The “Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress” provides for Aboriginal Christians to exercise oversight with respect to ministry with Aboriginal people. The UCA has been in a covenant relationship with Congress since 1985. A vast community service operation, which makes it the largest non-government provider of services in Australia, constant action on social justice matters, including strong stances on Aboriginal rights, disarmament, human rights and economic justice; a growing effort to transform congregations into “outposts of local mission and evangelism” through a ten-year thrust under the banner of “Forward Together;” commitment to the theological scholarship, with a network of six theological colleges, most of which are associated with universities.
A permanent ordained diaconate, established in 1992, plus new ministry orders of community minister and youth worker are now contributing significantly to the church‟s mission.

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Australia, Wesleyan Methodist Church

Contact: Rev. Rex RigbyAddress PO Box 476 Deception Bay QLD 4508 AustraliaWork Phone: 040 800 6610
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Chinese Methodist Church in Australia (CMCA)

Chinese Methodist Church in Australia (CMCA) could trace its root back to the Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore. The Methodist Church in Singapore and the Methodist Church in Malaysia was established because of the Methodist missionary movement during the later part of the 19th century. The Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Malaysia, in particular, was aware of its missionary obligations.…Read More
Contact: Bishop Milton PK NeeAddress 1219 Dandenong Road Malvern East Victoria 3145 AustraliaWork Phone: 61 3 9994 7250Work Phone: 61 457 068 108

Chinese Methodist Church in Australia (CMCA) could trace its root back to the Methodist
Church in Malaysia and Singapore. The Methodist Church in Singapore and the Methodist
Church in Malaysia was established because of the Methodist missionary movement during the later part of the 19th century. The Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Malaysia, in particular, was aware of its missionary obligations. At times in Australia, many migrants who could only speak their mother tongue found it challenging to fit into the Australian churches. Hence, missionaries from East Malaysia were sent to Australia to minister to such migrants. As the numbers grew, more preaching centres and churches were established.

CMCA had the first Mission Conference in Nov 1994, in Brisbane. Six years later, in the Conference held in November 1999 in Perth, CMCA was incorporated as a Provisional Annual Conference. There were three districts (East, West, South) with a district superintendent each to oversee the ministries’ districts. In November 2002, CMCA became a full Annual Conference after achieving membership of 10 elders in the Conference.

As of 2023, CMCA has 25 local churches or preaching centers (11 English-speaking congregations and 24 Mandarin-speaking congregations) in all the major cities across Australia except in Northern Territories. CMCA is a sister conference to the Chinese Methodist Church in New Zealand Provisional
Conference. CMCA also oversees the Mission Conference in Papua New Guinea and the mission field in Solomon Island.

The present bishop is Bishop Milton PK Nee, and the Conference lay leader is Thomas Ling.

 

1 Based on membership numbers reported by member churches as of June 2018

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