The United Methodist Church is an 12.8-million-member global church that is opening hearts, minds and doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living – putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” continues to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” At First United Methodist Church we believe that we accomplish this through the ministries of witness, nurture, and outreach. We strive to be invitational, hospitable, accepting, and inclusive. We seek to care for and nurture all people, enabling them to grow in their experience and understanding of God and of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We endeavor to be active in mission – concerned about and responsive to needs beyond the doors of the church, locally and around the world.
We take seriously “our theological task” – the ongoing effort of reflecting on our faith through the lenses of scripture, tradition, experience and reason. Such reflection assists us in interpreting the Bible for our contemporary context and provides guidance for moral questions and dilemmas faced in daily living. First United Methodist Church is a theologically diverse congregation. We have members who hold conservative viewpoints and members who are theologically progressive. There is room for difference in our understandings because we respect one another and are committed to living and growing together in Christian love.
For more information on what United Methodists believe, visit the official church website: