Methodists were often involved in the Missionary Awakening and the Social Gospel Movement.
Early Methodists reacted against perceived apathy in the Church of England, became open-air preachers and established Methodist societies wherever they went.
Consequently, their followers separated, those of Whitefield becoming Calvinistic Methodists.
Methodists are convinced that building loving relationships with others through social service is a means of working towards the inclusiveness of God's love and universal salvation in the church.
Methodists, like most Protestant denominations, affirm that there are two Sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.
Some, such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Free Methodists and the Wesleyan Church (formerly Wesleyan Methodist), are explicitly Methodist.
Many Methodists have been involved in the ecumenical movement, which has sought to unite the fractured denominations of Christianity.
Certainly, Methodists have been deeply involved in early examples of church union, especially the United Church of Canada and the Church of South India.