Our Mission:

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

Our Vision:

Connect, Grow, and Serve at Central, because Jesus is Central.

Some specific beliefs of United Methodists

The Primacy of grace.

God, who is revealed through Jesus Christ, loves human beings and all creation. Grace is God’s loving action in human existence through the Holy Spirit.

Holiness

Christians are to allow the Holy Spirit to shape them more and more into the image of Christ. Faithful disciples work for a world of reconciliation, peace, justice and love.

Human worth

Even though all human beings are sinners, God endows each person with worth and moral responsibility. Reconciliation between humans and God is chief among God’s purposes. The full splendor of true humanity is seen in Jesus Christ.

Conversion and new birth

God forgives sins and changes the human heart when persons repent and trust in Christ. Not all Christians experience the workings of divine grace in the same ways.

Faith and good works

They belong together. Personal salvation leads to involvement in Christian mission in the world. Personal religion and Christian social action are mutually reinforcing.

Prevenient grace

This is the Grace-divine love-that “runs ahead” of our conscious impulses and leads our hearts toward faith.

Tolerance

While United Methodism retains much from its several heritages, different theological positions grow out of the circumstances and experiences of different groups. It acknowledges the virtues of different points of view even within the same community of believers.

United Methodists share a vision of life for all humanity.

The natural world

Human beings are stewards of the earth and must protect its natural resources.

The family community

The role of the family is to nurture people in mutual love, respect and fidelity.

The social community

United Methodists work toward a society where each person’s value is recognized, maintained and strengthened.

The economic community

United Methodists believe in the equitable sharing of the world’s wealth.

The political community

The role of government is to protect freedom and guarantee the rights of people to adequate food, clothing, shelter, education and health care.

The world community

God’s world is one world. United Methodists believe war is incompatible with the teachings and example of Jesus.

 What do United Methodists believe?

That’s not an easy question, since United Methodists don’t agree on all aspects of doctrine. But in general:

We share a Christian commitment.

The distinguishing marks of a United Methodist are probably best illustrated by a commitment to the basics of Christianity and by a Christian lifestyle, rather than by assenting to a particular scheme of beliefs.

We share a common heritage with other Christians.

We share a conviction that God has mercy and love for all people; belief in a triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; faith in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ; celebration of the sacraments. In these and in many other ways, Methodism affirms the unity of all Christians in the Body of Christ.

United Methodists also have four main guidelines of belief.

These guidelines help us understand our faith: scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. They are interdependent and allow for variety in theology.

We have several resources for our faith.

These include: the Bible, John Wesley’s writings, the Articles of Religion, the Confession of Faith, The United Methodist “Book of Discipline”, and theologians and educators.
 
You can always find more information on our denomination’s website: umc.org

The Sacraments

Like most other Protestants, United Methodists recognize only those sacraments in which Jesus Christ himself participated – baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Baptism

For United Methodists, baptism is the sacrament of initiation that joins us with the church and with Christians everywhere. It’s a symbol of new life and a promise of God’s saving love… and a sign of God’s forgiveness for our sins. Both infants and adults can be baptized. A person receives the sacrament only once in his or life. Water is the special symbol of baptism.

The Lord’s Supper (Communion, Eucharist)

The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. By sharing this meal, United Methodists give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins and receive grace to empower us to go on in Christian living. The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.