Philippines Central Conference (United Methodist Church)

Philippines Central Conference (United Methodist Church)

The Philippines Central Conference of The United Methodist Church (or "Kumperensya Sentral ng Pilipinas ng Nagkaisang Iglesya Metodista" in Filipino) is a collections of Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church located in the islands of the flag|Philippines are organized into central conference, much like Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States. The Philippines Central Conference is considered as member church in World Methodist Council, independent from The United Methodist Church in the United States just like all UMC's in each countries around the world). It is also member church of the Christian Conference of Asia and National Council of Churches in the Philippines as "The United Methodist Church in the Philippines", representing the denomination as its Philippine counterpart.

The "Philippines Central Conference" is further subdivided into twenty-two (22) regions, called Annual Conference, under the authorities of three Episcopal Areas. These Annual conference is subdivided into "Districts," which provide further administrative functions for the operation of local churches in cooperation with each other, under the supervision of the District Superintendent. This structure is vital to Methodism, and is referred to as "connectionalism".

The Philippines Central Conference has an official membership of about 600,000, but it serves a much larger community of close to 1 million. From six annual conferences in 1968, The United Methodist Church in the Philippines has grown to 19 annual conferences located in three episcopal areas [ [http://www.interpretermagazine.org/interior.asp?ptid=43&mid=12704 Mission + message =Filipino United Methodists] ] . And now, with 22 Annual conferences.

List of Episcopal Areas

The Philippines Episcopal Area

The Philippines Central Conference has three Episcopal Areas.

Baguio Episcopal Area [http://umcbea.multiply.com/]
Bishop Benjamin Justo

Davao Episcopal Area
Bishop Leo A. Soriano

Manila Episcopal Area [http://www.umc-manila.org/mea/]
Bishop Solito Kuramen Toquero

List of Annual Conferences

Baguio Episcopal Area
#Central Luzon Philippines Annual Conference
#North Central Philippines Annual Conference
#Northeast Philippines Annual Conference
#Northern Philippines Annual Conference
#Northwest Philippines Annual Conference
#Pangasinan Philippines Annual Conference
#Tarlac Philippines Annual Conference
#Northeast Luzon Philippines Annual Conference

Davao Episcopal Area
#East Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference
#Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference
#Northwest Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference
#Southwest Philippines Annual Conference
#Palawan Philippines Annual Conference
#Visayas Philippines Annual Conference

Manila Episcopal Area
#Bicol Philippines Provisional Annual Conference
#Bulacan Philippines Annual Conference
#Middle Philippines Annual Conference
#Philippines Annual Conference
#Philippines Annual Conference - East
#Pampango Philippines Annual Conference
#West Middle Philippines Annual Conference

ee also

* The United Methodist Church
* List of Bishops of the United Methodist Church
* Episcopal Area
* Conferences of the United Methodist Church
* Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church
* Protestantism in the Philippines

References

External links

* [http://www.umc.org Official website of The United Methodist Church]
* [http://www.umc-manila.org/mea/ Official website of The UMC - Manila Episcopal Area]
* [http://umcbea.multiply.com/ Official website of The UMC - Baguio Episcopal Area]
* [http://www.philmethodist.com/ The Story of Methodism in the Philippines]


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