In 1920, missionaries from the US began their work in the then combined state ofCzechoslovakia. They organized revival meetings, distributed Bibles, and helped people still suffering from the consequences of the First World War. In the following years, many local churches were established – first in what is now the Czech Republic, later in what is now the Slovak Republic. The Church grew rapidly but also experienced politically and financially difficult times. Today the UMC is very mission-oriented; this is clearly seen in its evangelistic programs and the varied activities for children and youth. The social services for mothers and their children, for people with special needs, for drug or alcohol dependent persons, for prisoners and those on the parole are another priority of the church work. This work lends credibility to the Gospel message, and through it, people find a new outlook on their lives, and get ready to share the love, which they themselves have received. The UMC in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia is organized in a cross-border Annual Conference with two districts.
Population: 10.69 millions
Area: 78,866 km2
UMC Churches: 21
Professing members: 813
Active Clergy: 17
The Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Czechia and Slovakia met in Bratislava from May 19-22, 2022, under the motto: "Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way!" (Isaiah 35:3).
There are many Ukrainians and Russians living in Prague. Some Russians support the war, others do not. And even though the Czech Republic does not directly border Ukraine: The conflict is not far away - it is only a ten-hour drive to the Ukrainian border.
United Methodist Superintendent Ivana Prochazkova was elected the first vice-president of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic.
This year's gathering of the Czech and Slovak Republics Annual Conference was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the UMC in the Czech Republic. Actually, it was already 100+1 years, because the anniversary celebration had to be postponed several times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And even now, on Saturday, November 6, 2021, it could be held only with a reduced number of visitors.