The “Primary Task” of our local church is four-
To invite persons into fellowship with God;
To lead persons to an encounter with God;
To nurture persons and make them disciples of Jesus Christ;
To send persons out to witness through mission and ministry.
Annual Church Conference, United Methodist Church of Cooperstown, 1995
Our Connectional Church
The United Methodist Church began as a movement and loose network of local societies with a mission. Founder John Wesley recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the “connexion,” which was an interlocking system of classes, societies, and annual conferences.
No local church is the total body of Christ. Therefore, local United Methodist churches are bound together by a common mission and common governance that accomplish reaching out into the world. United Methodist churches and organizations join in mission with each other and with other denominations.
Connectionalism shows through the clergy appointment system, through the developing of mission and ministry that United Methodists do together, and through giving.
(From: United Methodism 101, an online introduction to the United Methodist Church.)