Refreshed Guide to Methodism Released
20 April 2016
The Methodist Church has launched an
updated resource to help new, existing and potential Methodists
with their journey of faith.
Originally published in 2005, the new design is the first
major update to Called By Name, one of the Church's most important
Called by Name
is a fully illustrated book including hymns,
prayers, Christian art and images from contemporary life for those
considering membership in the Methodist Church or for those who
have recently joined.
Designed as a resource to help people understand the
distinctive meaning of the Methodist Church, Called by Name covers
topics including God's inclusive love, Wrestling with faith and Our
Calling as well as information on further resources.
Secretary of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Gareth J
Powell, said: "This superb resource helps us all understand the
call of Christ to discipleship, as it is expressed by membership of
the Methodist Church.
"Through words and images, it challenges us to demonstrate our
calling in worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism. I
pray that this will help people hear that call, and equip them as
they continue on the journey of discipleship."
The Methodist Church's Director of Publishing and
Communications, Andy Jackson, said: "Called by Name is one of those
special publications of the Methodist Church which can be given to
those who have recently joined the Church or are considering
membership. However, it also makes an ideal gift for lifelong
"Running out of stock gave us the wonderful opportunity to
refresh the design of the book. It's now even easier to read and
we've augmented parts of the book to help those new to the Church,
for example, when a hymn has been quoted, we've explained who the
hymn was written by and where it can be found in Singing the
"The book also reflects the Church's continuous calling to be
relevant to the challenges of modern life."