WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our united calling in Jesus
We offer ourselves, our stories, our listening and caring, our questions, our thoughts and feelings, our ideas, passions and commitments.
We faithfully participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness that in everything God may be glorified.
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Our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability. We embrace and seek to preserve the beautiful, amazing diversity of God’s creation.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit as a reconciled, loving community of Christ where ALL are welcome, we grow as disciples by nurturing and ministering with ALL of God’s children.
United Methodism is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States with over 8 million members. There are another 1.5 million Methodists in 165 countries around the world.
We are, by design, a self-governing people dedicated to a life of purpose, a life of participation and personal responsibility, of generosity, sacrifice and self-restraint, responding to the call of Jesus Christ.
In life’s clouds of doubt and division, we see the sunlight of God’s purpose that brings healing, hope and harmony. We welcome people who are searching for answers to life’s tough questions, because we know what it is like to feel alone and unsure, to need a welcoming place with open hearts, open minds and open doors. We live the promise we made the day we joined The United Methodist Church, the promise of our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.
A common heritage
United Methodists share a common heritage with Christians of every age and nation:
1. God created humanity to live in covenant with God. Because God truly loves us, God acted through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to bring us salvation and the hope of eternal life.
2. God’s love comes alive in us by the work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works in both our personal experience and in the common life of the church.
3. We are part of Christ’s universal church. We enter the church through baptism. In Holy Communion, we celebrate the presence of Christ and find strength for Christian living.
4.We believe that the reign of God is both a present and future reality. This prospect gives us hope in our present actions.
5. We believe that Scripture contains everything necessary for salvation. We believe in justification by grace through faith in Christ and in the general ministry of all Christians.
6. We believe that the church is one in Jesus Christ. We express our unity in hymns and liturgy, in the historic creeds and in the belief in one holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic church.
A distinctive legacy
United Methodists also have distinctive emphases, a legacy of our founder, John Wesley:
1. Prevenient grace. “It leads us to want to know God, to discover God’s will, and to an awareness of the times we have missed the mark.”
2. Justification and assurance. God reaches out to the repentant believer with accepting and pardoning love. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are justified-forgiven and restored to God’s favor.
3. Sanctification and perfection. God’s sanctifying grace helps us grow more loving toward God and neighbor, drawing us toward God’s gift of Christian perfection, being perfect in love.
4. Faith and good works. Faith in God’s redeeming work in Jesus Christ is the only response we need to God’s love However, we express our salvation through good works, sharing God’s love with others.
5. Mission and service. Salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. Personal religion, evangelical witness, and social action go hand in hand and build on each other.
6. Nurture and mission of the church. The church nurtures our personal faith and equips us for mission and service in the world.
We Are Connectional
Our Connectionalism is a vital web of interactive relationships between United Methodists around the world. We engage in ministry, mission, and education together as one body of Christ. When you participate in United Methodist projects, such as "The United Methodist Committee on Relief" (UMCOR) or "Global Ministries," you are connected to a larger community of faithful people doing God's work in the world.