Wesleyan Reform Union is an Independent Methodist Connexion based in the United Kingdom.
It was founded in 1859 by the members of
the Wesleyan Reform movement who did not join the United Methodist
Statement of Faith
The Wesleyan Reform Union Statement of Faith was accepted at a
conference in 1970:Modified by conference of 2008.
- That all have sinned and come short of the
glory of God, and are thereby
subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
- That God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, Who was
conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and that He is truly God and
truly Man, Jesus Christ our Lord.
- That the Lord Jesus Christ offered Himself as the
substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of
the whole world, He was raised from the
dead, ascended into heaven to be our
Advocate and Mediator, and that He will
personally return in power and glory.
- That the Holy Spirit is a divine Person both equal to and of
one substance with the Father and
the Son, that His work is necessary to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner,
granting him repentance toward God and
faith in Jesus Christ, and that He also in dwells every believer as
his Sanctifier, thus placing His seal
upon him as a child of God.
- That the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church.
- In the Priesthood of all believers,
and that we being members one of another, are one body in Christ
Jesus, having equality of spiritual opportunities as the sacred right of all.
- That the Sacraments are an outward and
visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, and that only Baptism and the Lord's
Supper were instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ as such,
maintaining that the proper subjects for Baptism are believers and
children to be brought up within the fellowship of Christ's
The head of the Wesleyan Reform Union is the Union President
, who presides over the General Committee
. The General Committee
is made up of 22 members. There is also a president Designate.
People are elected to each of these positions annually by delegates
to a Conference. The General
takes care of business matters.
At the local level, churches follow one of two schemes. They may
elect a President and a Vice
, or they may elect a Leadership Group. These
positions are generally voted
In the case of a Leadership Group
may also be elected.
The position of Trustees
may be implemented
Wesleyan Reform Union churches are self-governing
. Local leadership has final
authority in local matters. Many churches are organized into
Circuits which has Quarterly Meetings; four
The WRU headquarters are in Sheffield and it has around 100
congregations across Yorkshire, the Midlands, Bucks, Cornwall and