Mission & Beliefs
We are a local church of The United Methodist Church. Our denomination is worldwide with over 8 million members. Our connection to other United Methodists is one of our greatest strengths in that we are able to provide ministry to a great variety of places and people around the globe!
Our beliefs are Trinitarian in that we believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
John Wesley, an 18th century Anglican priest, was the founder of Methodism.
We follow his emphasis on grace which was three-fold:
Prevenient Grace is the belief that God seeks after us before we are aware of God.
Justifying Grace is the belief that we are made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Sanctifying Grace is the belief that the above faith leads us to seek to become more Christ-like in our daily living.
We seek to become more Christ-like through following Wesley’s three General Rules:
Do no harm.
Do all the good one can.
Continue to work on our relationship with God.
As we try to discern God’s will for our lives, we do so prayerfully, using a disciplined approach we refer to as the “Wesleyan Quadrilateral.” This fourfold method begins with Scripture and illuminates it with:
Tradition – Church traditions and writings such as the Apostles’ Creed but also recent church writings such as our United Methodist Book of Discipline or Book of Resolutions.
Experience – Our religious experiences of what we believe God is calling us to do. As we believe that God permeates our lives, we may often broaden what we tend to think of as religious experiences.
Reason – God has given us minds with which to use. Our reason allows us to interpret scripture or life issues utilizing other scripture, tradition and experience. We don’t believe in checking our brains at the door when we enter the sanctuary.
Our denominational beliefs are found more thoroughly here: