What We Believe

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the good news of God's grace...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 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..." (28:19-20) 
 
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 forbearers 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 spiritual holiness, thereby changing the world. In order to be truly alive, we embrace Jesus' mandate to make disciples of all peoples. 
 
(Paragraph 121, 2008 Book of Discipline)