What we believe as a United Methodist Church
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we also share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities.
When we say the Apostles' Creed, we join with millions of Christians through the ages and around the world in an understanding of God as the Trinity—three persons in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrates God's redeeming love.
The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work.
The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
Christian faith is, in part, a matter of hoping. We believe in and trust the Lord of the future, and we lean into the future that God has promised. God goes before us, beckoning us into the new world that is already being created, calling us to join in the challenging work of fashioning it.
Faith does not happen overnight, but rather is a journey. From birth to death we’re growing in our faith. There are ups and downs — and sometimes long flat stretches where we seem to be stalled in our journey. But little by little, most of us deepen our relationship with God.
Our Mission as God’s Church
We are to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do this by authentic worship, Bible study, supporting local, national, regional and global ministries that reach out to others. We involve ourselves in our community by volunteering, feeding and encouraging people. We take serious our commitment to one another as we share both joys and hardships. We live our faith through our actions and deeds. We do this because we have come to know the transforming power of Jesus Christ and the love that cannot be contained in ourselves.