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Why We Do What We Do

WHY WE DO

WHAT WE DO

OUR STEWARDSHIP:
I will be loyal to the United Methodist Church and uphold it
with my Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness.

Mission is not an option for the church; its impact grounds the spreading of good news, the good news of Jesus Christ.

“Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can.”

 

Christ, the Incarnation of God’s loving presence, is the basis of mission. Mission points people of world toward the gracious free gift of love and acceptance in Jesus Christ, and mission allows people to live the reality of God’s loving presence in the world. In other words, we are not to be a mere human organization, but a divinely empowered instrument of God’s grace.

Missio Dei, Mission of God, calls all people to be among all people and in all places at all times. We go forth into global ministries that heal, feed, nurture, care for, and empower the people of the whole world for new life.

Wesley, our founder, also believed “the whole world is our parish.”

Who we remember in graceful prayer of self-giving love, during worship, in prayer circles and small group ministries, and in all public printed or electronic media, will say much about our global spirituality in our local context. Our missionaries, our partner churches in over 100 nations, our national and local missions in the U.S. motivate us to be a blessing and to be blessed by these spiritual connections.

Based on these beliefs, the United Methodist Church set forth Four Goals of Mission:

  1. Make Disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world
  2. Strengthen, Develop & Renew Christian Congregations & Communities through spiritual life, worship, witness, and service
  3. Alleviate Human Suffering, be it spiritual, physical, emotional & social needs
  4. Seek Justice, Freedom & Peace whether unjust economic, political or social systems

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