The UMC in Hungary

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 and Communism. 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. 

Statistical Information

Population: 9.77 millions
Area: 93,030 km2
Capital: Budapest
UMC Churches: 28
Professing members: 489
Active Clergy: 14
Origin: 1898
Website: www.metodista.hu

(August 2022)

Your word keeps me alive

From April 13-16, 2023, this year's session of the Annual Conference Hungary took place in Szeged (Hungary) and Comsesti (Romania) together with delegates from The United Methodist Church in Romania.


A conscious decision

From April 7 to 10, 2022, the Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in Hungary took place in Budapest.


Historical moment in Miskolc (Hungary)

On Saturday, February 5, 2022, the new church building of the United Methodist congregation of Miskolc was dedicated.


Retired UMC Pastor in Hungary Recounts Life in Ministry During, After Communist Rule

The call from Jeremiah to promote the welfare of the city serves as a life motto for the now-retired Hungarian pastor István Csernák. His service spanned more than four decades. In that time, he saw his country transition out of communism and toward a representative democracy. At the same time, his Church transitioned from one of reclusive worship to one able to openly share the Gospel of Christ.