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Our Mission & Vision
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The Mission of our church:
To create disciples of Jesus Christ.

This is our Vision:
Empowering disciples to teach and serve.

From the United Methodist Church website comes the following amplification on the above:

The Mission
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the  transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.

Rationale for Our Mission
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the  transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God's grace  and by exemplifying Jesus' command to love God and neighbor, thus  seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world. The  fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world is the vision  Scripture holds before us. The United Methodist Church affirms that  Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Lord of all. As we make disciples, we respect persons of all religious faiths  and we defend religious freedom for all persons. Jesus' words in Matthew provide the Church with our mission: "Go therefore and make disciples  of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son  and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you" (28:19-20), and "You shall love the Lord your God with  all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. . . .  And you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (22:37, 39).

This mission is our grace-filled response to the Reign of God in the world  announced by Jesus. God's grace is active everywhere, at all times,  carrying out this purpose as revealed in the Bible. It is expressed in  God's covenant with Abraham and Sarah, in the Exodus of Israel from  Egypt, and in the ministry of the prophets. It is fully embodied in the  life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is experienced in the  ongoing creation of a new people by the Holy Spirit.

John Wesley, Phillip Otterbein, Jacob Albright, and our other spiritual  forebears understood this mission in this way. Whenever United Methodism has had a clear sense of mission, God has used our Church to save  persons, heal relationships, transform social structures, and spread  scriptural holiness, thereby changing the world. In order to be truly  alive, we embrace Jesus' mandate to love God and to love our neighbor  and to make disciples of all peoples.

 The Process for Carrying Out Our Mission-We make disciples as we:

  • Proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ;
  • Lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ;
  • Nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual  disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley's Christian  conferencing;
  • Send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the  sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the  oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and  working to develop social structures that are consistent with the  gospel; and
  • Continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.

The Global Nature of Our Mission-The Church seeks to fulfill its global mission through the Spirit-given  servant ministries of all Christians, both lay and clergy. Faithfulness  and effectiveness demand that all ministries in the Church be shaped by  the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Mission in the World-God's self-revelation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ  summons the church to ministry in the world through witness by word and  deed in light of the church's mission. The visible church of Christ as a faithful community of persons affirms the worth of all humanity and the value of interrelationship in all of God's creation.

In the midst of a sinful world, through the grace of God, we are brought  to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We become aware of the presence and life-giving power of God's Holy Spirit. We live in confident  expectation of the ultimate fulfillment of God's purpose.

We are called together for worship and fellowship and for the upbuilding  of the Christian community. We advocate and work for the unity of the  Christian church. We call all persons into discipleship under the  Lordship of Jesus Christ.

As  servants of Christ we are sent into the world to engage in the struggle  for justice and reconciliation. We seek to reveal the love of God for  men, women, and children of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and national  backgrounds and to demonstrate the healing power of the gospel with  those who suffer.

United  Methodists throughout the world are bound together in a connectional  covenant in which we support and hold each other accountable for  faithful discipleship and mission. Integrally holding connectional unity and local freedom, we seek to proclaim and embody the gospel in ways  responsible to our specific cultural and social context while  maintaining "a vital web of interactive relationships" ( 132). At the  same time, we desire to affirm and celebrate our relationships,  covenants, and partnership with autonomous, affiliated autonomous,  affiliated united covenanting, and concordat churches (570-574) as  well as other partners in the Wesleyan and ecumenical Christian  families. Our worldwide connectional relationship is one of the ways we  carry out our missional calling beyond national and regional boundaries. For our connectionalism to become a living practice, we need to carry  the worldwide nature of The United Methodist Church deep into the life  and mission of our local congregations. Only when we commit ourselves to interdependent worldwide partnerships in prayer, mission, and worship  can connectionalism as the Wesleyan ecclesial vision be fully embodied.  Guided by the Holy Spirit, United Methodist churches throughout the  world are called afresh into a covenant of mutual commitment based on  shared mission, equity, and hospitality.

In covenant with God and with each other:

We affirm our unity in Christ, and take faithful steps to live more  fully into what it means to be a worldwide church in mission for the  transformation of the world.

We commit ourselves to crossing  boundaries of language, culture, and social or economic status. We  commit ourselves to be in ministry with all people, as we, in  faithfulness to the gospel, seek to grow in mutual love and trust.

We participate in God's mission as partners in ministry, recognizing  that our God-given gifts, experiences, and resources are of equal value, whether spiritual, financial, or missional.

We commit  ourselves to full equity and accountability in our relationships,  structures, and responsibilities for the denomination.

We enter afresh into a relationship of mutuality, creating a new sense of  community and joyously living out our worldwide connection in mission  for the transformation of the world.

A Companion Litany to Our Covenant for the Worldwide United Methodist Church

Leader:
In covenant with God and each other, we affirm our unity in Christ.
People: We will take faithful steps to live as a worldwide church in mission for the transformation of the world.
Leader: In covenant with God and each other, we commit ourselves to be in ministry with all people.
People: In faithfulness to the gospel, we will cross boundaries of language,  culture, social or economic status as we grow in mutual love and trust.
Leader: In covenant with God and each other, we participate in God's mission as partners in ministry.
People: We share our God-given gifts, experiences, and resources recognizing  that they are of equal value, whether spiritual, financial, or  missional.
Leader: In covenant with God and each other, we commit ourselves to full equality.
People: We uphold equity and accountability in our relationships, structures, and responsibilities for the denomination.
Leader: In covenant with God and each other, we enter afresh into a relationship of mutuality.
People: With God's grace, we joyfully live out our worldwide connection in mission for the transformation of the world.

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2012. Copyright 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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