First United Methodist church exists for the purpose of being, and making, disciples of Jesus Christ. The following words are engraved in the front of the sanctuary’s balcony ...
Jesus said: ‘Go ye into all the world and make disciples of all nations.’
We, the members of First United Methodist Church, believe God is calling and empowering us:
To witness about Jesus Christ and the truth of the gospel in such a way that people will receive Him as their Savior and Lord.
To represent Jesus Christ so vividly in congregational and outreach mission that people will give thanks to God.
To grow in our love of God so that our worship will be personally transforming and our Christian Education increasingly evident.
To reaffirm our commitment to each other and live together in such a way that people will sense they are a part of God’s family.
First United Methodist Church is a collection of diverse individuals who all have slightly different methods with regard to how we go about serving Christ. These common values unify our efforts and define our distinctiveness.
Jesus Christ is Lord! He is the center of our life, the object of our faith, and His Spirit lives in us! To obey Jesus is to seek God’s will for our individual and collective lives through the spiritual disciplines of worship, daily prayer, Bible study, tithing, and serving.
The church exists as the body of Christ; its purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The membership vows in the United Methodist Church include a pledge to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and our witness. Membership is a covenant. It costs something to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The church should operate as a unified community of servants who are good stewards of their gifts. We encourage each other to be active participants, not spectators.
The Bible is God’s word. We accept it as our authority and guide for our words and our actions, the standard for faith, and the final test of authenticity.
Worship is a celebration of our faith. It is experiential, and the music, liturgy, and preaching should reflect a style that speaks to various needs and generations.
Every believer is called to ministry. Each individual is graced with spiritual gifts given by God to be used in ministry. The local church helps people to discover their spiritual gifts and prepare them for God’s work. Full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every believer.
All people matter to God. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. We feel compelled to do the same. We have a deep concern for all people – the churched and the un-churched. Outreach and mission are priorities.
Leadership development is a necessity. The church should be led by men and women with leadership gifts. Leaders are driven by God’s vision and voice. A leader works by faith, not by sight. Leaders “lead” in their participation, stewardship and support of each other.
Ministry is a priority. We are community-oriented and family focused. In our worship, education, and all ministries we endeavor to demonstrate our commitment to the wholeness of the individual, the family unit, and to the church family.
Small groups are where a relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another is often begun and strengthened. They encourage accountability, discipleship, and fellowship among believers. Growth occurs best in small groups and participation is encouraged and expected of First UMC members.
Excellence is strived for in all things. Excellence honors God and inspires people.