United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.
Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
Methodism Around the World: South Korea
United Methodist Women will begin their quarterly look at global Methodism with one of the most active non-Western countries with a strong Methodist presence: South Korea. The first Methodist missionaries arrived in 1884 and the Korean Methodist Church became independent in 1930. It now has over 1.5 million members and some 8,000 pastors. The largest Methodist church in the world, Kumnan, is located in Seoul and counts 120,000 members-the biggest in the U.S. “only” has 19,000. South Korean Methodists are also quite mission-minded and sponsor missionaries in 76 countries. South Korean Methodist women have their own group, the Korean Methodist Women’s Society, with 194 branches and 80,000 members. They sponsor ministries like Asian mission and outreach to fishing and farming villages. If you would like to find out more about this fascinating group of Methodists go to www.kmc.