What We Believe
As United Methodists, we have an obligation
to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church's life and witness. To fulfill this
obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our
Two considerations are central to this endeavor: the sources from which we derive our theological affirmations and the criteria by which we assess the adequacy of our understanding and witness. Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.
Rationale for Our Mission
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by
proclaiming the good news of God's grace and thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world. The fulfillment
of God's reign and realm in the world is the vision Scripture holds before us. The United Methodist Church affirms that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Lord of all. We respect persons of all religious faiths and we defend religious
freedom for all persons. Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20 provide the Church with our mission: "Go therefore and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
that I have commanded you."
This mission is our grace-filled response to the Reign of God in the world announced by Jesus. God's grace is active everywhere, at all times, carrying out this purpose as revealed in the Bible. It is expressed in God's covenant with Abraham and Sarah, in the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, and in the ministry of the prophets. It is fully embodied in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is experienced in the ongoing creation of a new people by the Holy Spirit.
John Wesley, Phillip Otterbein, Jacob Albright, and our other spiritual forebears understood this mission in this way. Whenever United Methodism has had a clear sense of mission, God has used our Church to save persons, heal relationships, transform social structures, and spread scriptural holiness, thereby changing the world. In order to be truly alive, we embrace Jesus' mandate to make disciples of all peoples.
The Process for Carrying Out Our Mission
We make disciples as we:
The Global Nature of Our Mission
The Church seeks to fulfill its global mission through the Spirit-given
servant ministries of all Christians, both lay and clergy. Faithfulness and effectiveness demand that all ministries in the Church
be shaped by the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our Mission in the World
God's self-revelation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
summons the church to ministry in the world through witness by word and deed in light of the church's mission. The visible
church of Christ as a faithful community of persons affirms the worth of all humanity and the value of interrelationship in all of
In the midst of a sinful world, through the grace of God, we are brought to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We become aware of the presence and life-giving power of God's Holy Spirit.
We live in confident expectation of the ultimate fulfillment of God's purpose. We are called together for worship and fellowship and for the up-building of the Christian community. We advocate and work for the unity of the Christian church. We call all persons into discipleship under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
As servants of Christ we are sent into the world to engage in the struggle for justice and reconciliation. We seek to reveal the love of God for men, women, and children of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and national backgrounds and to demonstrate the healing power of the gospel with those who suffer.