Who We Are & What We Believe
Our Core Calling
To Glorify God and to Grow in God’s Love.
Our Core Purpose
To cultivate faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our Core Vision
To be a growing congregation of faithful and fruitful disciples who are alive in the grace of God, rooted in love of Christ, and who branch out to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Our Core Values
As a congregation, we value graciousness, generosity, and growth. With God’s guidance, we strive to cultivate the virtues of compassion, respect, hospitality, and a commitment to bear the fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control.
Our Core Pattern for Living
To GATHER for weekly worship. To GROW through the Means of Grace. To GO into the world equipped to share the good news and to live as faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus Christ. To GLORIFY God through it all.
Our Core Approach
We cultivate faithfulness and fruitfulness through:
- Inspiring Worship
- Growth-Producing Ministries for Children, Youth, and Adults
- A Variety of Opportunities to be a Blessing in the Congregation and the Community
- Gracious Care and Support for One Another
(We Gather, Grow, Go, and Glorify)
Our Core Beliefs
As part of the worldwide and diverse community of Christians, we believe in one God, the source of all goodness, truth, and love. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s presence made flesh, who reveals the way of forgiveness, justice, love, and life. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives, empowering us to bear the fruit of God’s blessings. We share a common conviction that God’s life-giving grace is for all people. We grow in the grace through the disciplined practice of the “means of grace,” or the “methods of Methodism,” which include worship, prayer, the reading of the scriptures, holy conferencing and conversation, giving, and service. We trust that God is with us, in life, in death, and in life beyond death and that nothing can separate us from God’s love. We see the Bible as God’s inspired guide for faithful and fruitful living, to be used together with the resources of tradition, reason, and experience. We celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion as instituted by Christ and offer an “open table” where all are welcome. We believe God’s blessings always come to us on their way to someone else.
Our Core Identity
We are a community of open hearts and open minds, built upon the love of God as revealed through Jesus Christ and cultivated through the continuing work of the Holy Spirit. We accept people wherever they are on their faith-journey and believe that a variety of perspectives helps all of us to grow. We come together, not to agree on everything, but to learn how to love, forgive, bless, and honor one another. In this way we practice for our place as citizens of God’s expansive kingdom which is always bigger than our finite perspectives. While we proclaim the core doctrines of the Christian faith as given to us through the scriptures and historic creeds, we are also willing to ask questions of interpretation, to struggle with difficult issues, and to engage one another with respect and compassion. As John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement once said,
“As to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think.”