The United Methodist Church has stated its purpose as, “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.”
The mission of our congregation is to make disciples. This is a four-fold task. We could abbreviate our mission as one of welcoming-worshiping-nurturing-sending:
- Welcoming: We reach out to people and welcome them into the church.
- Worshiping: We relate people to God and help them deepen their relationship with God.
- Nurturing: We nurture people in Christian living.
- Sending: We support people in their ministry.
The United Methodist Church has its origins in the ministries of John Wesley (1703–1791) and his brother, Charles (1707–1788). John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They 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.
Want To Know More?
If you would like more information about the United Methodist Church, please speak to Reverend Troy Benton or go to UMC.org.