120 years ago, as part of an Evangelical growth in the country, Methodist missionaries established the first Methodist churches in Hungary, firstly among German-speaking and later among Hungarian-speaking people. These churches grew fast but suffered heavy setbacks for political reasons until the end of the Second World War and Communism. Yet, God always created something new. Today, focal points of church activities include family, children and youth ministries (summer camp, work in schools, radio and television ministries), as well as various social services, e.g. for the elderly, the Roma, drug dependent persons, and prisoners. The church is also strongly engaged in ecumenical work. The local churches are growing slowly but continuously, and they are trying with great commitment to raise the level of their financial independence. However, there are many obstacles to achieving this aim. Popular camps and educational activities as well as urgent building projects at various locations could and can only be carried out with help from outside of the country.
Population: 9.8 millions
Area: 93,030 km2
Religion: Roman-Catholic (52%), unaffiliated (25%),
UMC Churches: 29
Professing members: 478
Active Clergy: 13
By serving in new places, new people can be reached with the gospel. This is the experience of the United Methodist Church in Debrecen, the second largest city in Hungary.
For decades already, The United Methodist Church in Hungary has been striving to improve the living conditions and future prospects of disadvantaged and often marginalized people in Roma communities in the country.
The members of Hungary Provisional Annual Conference met from April 25 to 28, 2019, in Óbuda (Budapest). On this occasion, they also celebrated the 20thanniversary of the new church building of Óbuda UMC.
In many countries of Central and Southern Europe, the United Methodist congregations try, in an amazing variety of ministries, to be «Church for others» and to impact the respective society in a beneficial way. Sometimes, this also means to take a risk.