More than 140 years ago, US-missionaries led the cornerstone for Protestant work in the territory of what is now Macedonia. Of enormous significance for the further growth and development of the work and its large social effects was the committed service of the «Biblewomen» who in the face of great difficulties visited remote villages and shared the Gospel in word and deed. However, the United Methodist work in Macedonia also went through times of war, repression, and isolation.
Today, outreach ministries among people facing difficult situations (e.g. elderly people, people with special needs, or people belonging to the Roma minority) are important parts of the church’s work. The Miss Stone Center with the «Meals on Wheels» program is a special ministry operated by people from the UMC.
A project of particular significance for the peaceful future of Macedonia is the endeavor to promote interfaith contacts and understanding. Other priorities include the production of Christian literature, programs for children and youth, activities for women, and the education of new lay and clergy leaders in order to help with the challenge of building a church for future generations with an impact on society.
Despite political separation of their countries, the local churches in Macedonia and Serbia still belong to the same Annual Conference.
Population: 2.08 millions
Area: 25,333 km2
UM congregations: 12
Active Clergy: 3 (+3 active retirees)
While in some places summer holidays have not even started yet, the schools in Macedonia are closed since the beginning of June. Reasons enough to avoid anything that rudimentarily looks like school until everything restarts in September? Not the children of the School for Roma Children in Ohrid!
The former Superintendent of the United Methodist Church in Macedonia and Secretary of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe, Wilhelm Nausner, passed away on Monday, 30 April 2018, at the age of 87. His wife Helene had gone before him just one day earlier.
During the most recent meeting of Serbia-Macedonia Provisional Annual Conference, which took place from April 12 to 15, 2018, in Kisač (Serbia), an important changeover was celebrated: Rev. Daniel Sjanta was appointed as the new superintendent of The United Methodist Church in the Serbian District. He follows Rev. Ana Palik-Kunčak in this leadership position.
Summer 2017 is history – for a long time already. However, children in East Central Europe still remember this time – and at various places, they are already looking forward to summer 2018. The reason is the «United Methodist Play-Mobil». Klaus Gottschalk, a co-worker at the Tent Mission, looks back to blessed days.