The UMC in Serbia

The Methodist work in Vojvodina (the northern part of what is now Serbia) was started 120 years ago. German missionaries established local churches among German emigrants – and this was the reason why the churches were exclusively German-speaking until 1904. In the following years, the work grew, and thriving new churches were born among other population groups, as well. But there were not only joy and growth, the church experienced persecution, suffering, isolation and setbacks, as well – mostly because of political reasons. Today a varied children’s and youth ministry, Christian outreach programs, local and regional activities for women and men, as well as practical help for people in need are some of the priorities of the local churches, which combine both the proclamation of the Gospel and love in action. In a country still falling on hard times while looking for a future, they aim to help people to discover God’s love – beyond any border of ethnicity. The fact that a new generation has accepted the calling into the ministry of the church and is taking the lead regarding this aim is an important sign and a source of hope.Despite political separation of their countries, the local churches in Serbia and North Macedonia still belong to the same Annual Conference.

Statistical Information

Population: 6.93 millions
Area: 77,474 km2
Capital: Belgrade
UMC Churches: 14
Professing members: 379
Active Clergy: 10
Origin: 1898
Website: www.facebook.com/umc.serbia

(August 2022)

Three countries - one mission mandate

This year's gathering of the Annual Conference Serbia-North Macedonia-Albania took place in Monospitovo (North Macedonia) from April 4 to 7, 2024.


11 meters of charity

A storm that hit Serbia at the end of July 2023 caused extensive damage. The congregation of The United Methodist Church in Šid, which was also affected, did not stop at repairing the damage caused to its own church building.


Behold, I make all things new

From March 30 to April 2, 2023, this year's gathering of the Serbia-North Macedonia-Albania Annual Conference was held in Padina (Serbia). Its motto reminded that, again and again, from what exists, something new grows.


A venture in the name of God

The diaconal institution "Bethanien" in Zurich (Switzerland) celebrated its 111th anniversary in the summer of 2022. In a recently published brochure about the "Betania" in Novi Sad (Serbia), Christina Cekov from North Macedonia reminds us that its blessings reach far beyond Switzerland.