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The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a mainline Protestant denomination, and a major part of Methodism.In the 19th century, its main predecessor—the Methodist Church—was a leader in Evangelicalism.
In 1830, the Methodist Protestant Church split from the Methodist Episcopal Church over the issue of laity having a voice and vote in the administration of the church, insisting that clergy should not be the only ones to have any determination in how the church was to be operated.
Eventually, the so-called Methodists started individual societies or classes for members of the Church of England who wanted to live a more religious life.
In 1735, John and Charles Wesley went to America, hoping to teach the gospel to the American Indians in the colony of Georgia.
In the United States, the UMC ranks as the largest mainline Protestant denomination, the largest Protestant church after the Southern Baptist Convention, and the third largest Christian denomination.
In 2014, its worldwide membership was distributed as follows: 7 million in the United States, It is a member of the World Council of Churches, the World Methodist Council, and other religious associations. Religious Landscape Study concluded that the political preferences of U. adult members of The United Methodist Church was 54% Republican/lean Republican, 35% Democrat/lean Democrat, and 11% Independent/no lean/other.