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In the 1990's the Methodist Church was challenged to define what makes it distinctive from other denominations. The resulting statement, Our Calling, was agreed by Conference in 2000 and is a very helpful way of understanding, questioning and developing the work of the Methodist Church nationally and locally.
The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission
It does this through:
Learning & Caring
Other denominations were asked how they responded to the statement. They all agreed with everything that Our Calling said, but would not necessarily choose to describe themselves with these words, or with the emphasis that they imply. In this way Our Calling shows the distinctiveness of the people called Methodist, while affirming our place in the wider church.