In 1920, missionaries from the US began their work in the then combined state ofCzechoslovakia. They organized revival meetings, distributed Bibles, and helped people still suffering from the consequences of the First World War. In the following years, many local churches were established – first in what is now the Czech Republic, later in what is now the Slovak Republic. The Church grew rapidly but also experienced politically and financially difficult times. Today the UMC is very mission-oriented; this is clearly seen in its evangelistic programs and the varied activities for children and youth. The social services for mothers and their children, for people with special needs, for drug or alcohol dependent persons, for prisoners and those on the parole are another priority of the church work. This work lends credibility to the Gospel message, and through it, people find a new outlook on their lives, and get ready to share the love, which they themselves have received. The UMC in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia is organized in a cross-border Annual Conference with two districts.
Population: 10.58 millions
Area: 78,866 km2
Religion: unaffiliated (86%),
UMC Churches: 22
Professing members: 881
Active Clergy: 12
What began in the 14th century with a wooden fortress and a farm has developed into an important refuge on the eastern edge of Czechia’s capital Prague: the Center for Christian Aid in Horni Pocernice.
Among the 23 local churches of the UMC in Czechia, there is also a Russian-speaking church. What does it mean for its Pastor to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world?
As Bishop Patrick Streiff has announced, the year 2021 will bring an important change for The United Methodist Church in the Czech Republic.
The 2019 meeting of Czechia-Slovakia Annual Conference took place from May 17 to 19 in Prague. In the closing worship service, the congregation could not only hear words in Czech and Slovak but also in English (sermon of the Bishop) and in Russian (songs).