CORE BELIEFS AND VISION
Centrality of Jesus
We believe that it is through Jesus Christ and his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself, that we are fully reconciled with God. As Christians, we confess that Jesus, fully human and fully divine, is both our Lord who claims our devotion and our Savior whose death on the cross secures our forgiveness. Jesus is Head of the Church and calls us to follow him and serve Him in the world. We worship Christ weekly as we are committed to His church.
Authority of Scripture
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. We are called to grow daily.
The word “evangelical” literally means “good news”. We are “evangelical” in that we believe that the good news of Jesus Christ for the world changes lives. We believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ changes us and reshapes our life purpose. Because God has changed our lives for good, we want all people to know Him.
We believe God has a mission and is at work in every arena of the world we live in to reconcile people to Himself through Jesus Christ. Indeed, the mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We, as people who follow Jesus, are to join His work in the world in daily living.
The United Methodist Church is a global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world.
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.