The UMC in Romania

After the political changes of 1989/1990, various mission activities led to the birth of many independent churches. Some of them even called themselves Methodists. But this Methodist work was discontinued almost everywhere. The roots of the current UMC go back to 1995, when an independent missionary from the USA with United Methodist background went to Cluj-Napoca. Together with his wife, he ministered to the people in this area, set up homegroups, distributed medicines and food, while bringing the good news by doing all this. The Romanian leaders of the churches in Micesti and in Cluj kept in touch with him after his return to the USA in 2006. It then became obvious that for sustainability and future growththechurchesshouldlookfor a church home. After visits, conversations, and prayerful consideration they decided in 2011 to join the UMC.In 2014 a third church was established in the city of Sibiu. The village ministry around Cluj-Napoca, including diaconal activities and humanitarian aid, is still a very important part of the work and provides many opportunities to preach the Gospel and to put love into action.

Statistical Information

Population: 21.9 millions
Area: 238,391 km2
Capital: Bucharest
Religion: Orthodox (87%), Roman-Catholic (5%)
UMC Churches: 3
Professing members: 32
Active Clergy: 3
Origin: 2011
Website: www.bisericametodista.ro

(January 2021)

Facilitating an orderly separation that is as consensual as possible.

In early April, Bulgaria and Romania decided to separate from the United Methodist Church (UMC). Bishop Patrick Streiff talks about the outstanding issues and the consequences for his Episcopal Area.


Bulgaria and Romania have decided to leave the UMC

In an official letter dated April 7, 2022, Bishop Dr. Patrick Streiff commented on the fact that Bulgaria and Romania have decided to leave the UMC.

Rescue operation for Ukrainian orphans in Romania

33 orphans from a home in Kiev have now arrived safely at a Methodist facility in Sibiu, Romania. Their journey sheds an oppressive light on how vulnerable the refugees are.

Methodists in Romania offer shelter to Ukrainian refugees

Cluj-Napoca United Methodist (Romania) opened a new community center last year. Now the former hotel is once again hosting "guests" who had to flee Ukraine.