Ask The UMC: Has The United Methodist Church always had an official symbol like the cross and flame?
The official insignia of The United Methodist Church has been the Cross and Flame since its founding in 1968. The symbols and seals for other predecessor denominations were generally varied in form and use.
Commentary: Should be hard to leave denomination
A church leadership scholar argues making it too easy for churches leaving the denomination removes the impetus to stay with the struggle and undermines the historical goal of unity among Christians.