Almost 120 years ago, as part of an Evangelical growth in the country, Methodist missionaries established the first Methodist churches in Hungary, firstly among German-speaking and later among Hungarian-speaking people. These churches grew fast but suffered heavy setbacks for political reasons until the end of the Second World War. Yet God always created something new.
Today, focal points of church activities include family, children and youth ministries (summer camp, work in schools, radio and television ministries), as well as various social services, e.g. for the elderly, the Roma, drug dependent persons and prisoners.
The church is also strongly engaged in ecumenical work. The local churches are growing slowly but continuously, and they are trying with great commitment to raise the level of their financial independence. However, there are many obstacles to achieving this aim. Popular camps and educational activities as well as urgent building projects at various locations could and can only be carried out with help from outside of the country.
Population: 9.8 millions
Area: 93,030 km2
UM congregations: 29
Professing members: 478
Active Clergy: 13
In many countries of Central and Southern Europe, the United Methodist congregations try, in an amazing variety of ministries, to be «Church for others» and to impact the respective society in a beneficial way. Sometimes, this also means to take a risk.
The 2018 gathering of Hungary Provisional Annual Conference took place from April 5 to 7, 2018 in Szolnok. It’s theme was taken from Ezechiel 37:14: «I will put my Spirit in you and you will live».
In February 2018, two fascinating weeks revealed that the United Methodist connection in Central and Southern Europe is alive – and that God’s providence is a reality, as well. Pastor Bence Vigh from Kaposvár UMC in Hungary reports about an unexpected answer to his prayers.