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.
Population: 19.33 millions
Area: 238,391 km2
UMC Churches: 3
Professing members: 29
Active Clergy: 3
Extraordinary aid campaigns and everyday togetherness: The commitment of Methodists to refugees in and from Ukraine does not follow a pattern. It is made possible by the staff on the ground - as well as donors worldwide.
Helping refugees over a longer period of time requires the cooperation of many. A small insight into the wide network of the UMC in Romania.
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.
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.