The United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe consists of approximately 33.500 members and friends living in 16 countries (you can find a map here), celebrating worship services in more than 20 languages and share God’s love in even more languages and expressions.

On this website you will learn more about this unique part of the  worldwide family of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Dr. Patrick Streiff

Dash of Thought - January 2022

Who comes to me I will never drive away. (John 6:37)

Thank you for not driving me away.
You work into my life,
sometimes challenging me to the limits.

You meet me in the face of other people,
keep me in touch with God,
calm my mind and give me your peace,
fill my life with joy and hope,
You, Jesus Christ - inexhaustible wealth of my life and of this world.

Bishop Patrick Streiff
Ecumenical motto for 2022 – Illustration: Myriam Streiff

Recognizing and doing what is possible

How have the comparatively young local churches of the UMC in Albania come through the second year of the Covid pandemic? To an open eye, the challenges facing the Church are not hidden. But there is also much that is encouraging and hopeful to be discovered.


Rising numbers

In many European countries, the media focus is on the rising numbers of infections caused by the Omicron mutation and the measures prescribed to combat them. However, a report from North Macedonia shows that other numbers are also rising.

Designation of a new superintendent for the UMC in Bulgaria

Pastor Erdzhan Madzharov has been designated by Bishop Patrick Streiff as the new superintendent of The United Methodist Church in Bulgaria starting in spring 2022.


Sometimes a heartbeat is enough

Many young people in North Macedonia see no future in their country and leave their home because they hope for better prospects elsewhere. Despite this – or perhaps precisely because of it – Dejan Vasilev is committed to helping young people and young adults with a wide heart.


The Support of the UMC Family

The Reverend Zbigniew Kaminski’s experiences as a pastor in Poland during and after communist rule demonstrate the value of an interconnected church and faith community.