The United Methodist Church has as its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The local church is the context for hearing the Word of God and for receiving the Sacraments. Groups of local churches work together as a district and are supervised by a clergy superintendent. These districts are part of an annual conference, the basic unit of the denomination. Conferences in the United States are grouped into five geographic jurisdictions. The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 by the merging of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union. Visit http://www.umcom.org for more information.