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Head Office

Latvijas Apvienota Metodistu Baznica
Address: Akas iela 13, LV-1011, Riga, Latvia
E-mail: metodistu.birojs(at)gmail.com
Web-site: www.metodisti.lv

 

District Superintendent:

Edgars Šneiders
Ūdens iela 11-10, Liepāja, LV-3401, Letland
Phone: + 371 26 401 424
e-mail:esneiders(at)inbox.lv

 

Special Characteristics: 

  • Close and supportive congregation
  • Fellowship between pastors and laity
  • Fellowship with UMC congregations in Denmark, Northern Ireland, England and USA
  • Strong ecumenical relations
  • Intergenerational ministry through Camp Wesley
     

Areas of Focus: 

  • Making disciples
  • Financial responsibility and sustainability
  • Raising pastors’ salaries
  • Development of Camp Wesley 
     

Latest Developments:

  • Planning 100th anniversary of Methodism in Latvia in 2021
  • Developing and reajusting social outreach ministries according to curent needs of the society during and after the corona Crisis
  • Starting a new theological study course on Methodist Doctrine for pastors and Laity
     

Statistics 2019: 

  • Baptized Members: 469
  • Confessing Members: 557
  • Pastors & deacons: 13
     

The UMC in Latvia is a district conference within the Estonia Annual Conference, but it functions as an annual conference in practice.

German missionaries introduced Methodism in Latvia in the early 20th century, and it thrived until the Soviet occupation after World War II, when all church work was banned.

When Latvia regained independence in 1991, the Methodist church began anew and managed to retrieve some of the confiscated buildings.

 

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ABOUT US

mapThe Nordic and Baltic episcopal area covers 7 countries Denmark,Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. We speak 9 official languages and use English as a common language.

Bishop Christian Alsted gives oversight to pastors, deacons, local churches, schools, hospitals, seminaries and diaconal institutions in the area.

Bishop emblemUnited Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We value the intellect and modern science, at the same time we see the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions and to wrestle with difficult issues, and we do so with grace and compassion.

Methodists emphasize personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We value well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that is lively, and small groups where people can grow in faith.

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