Mission & Beliefs


What is our mission?

Mission Statement: We are a community of committed followers of Jesus Christ who influence our world to imitate Christ through an intentional strategy of winning the lost, building the believer and equipping each person for effective ministry.  

Here at St. Joe First, we are dedicated to proclaiming the truth of scripture.  We are dedicated to teaching our children and young people about the love of God and what it means to live a life of purpose and faith. As adults, we are just as committed to growing in our own spiritual lives, as well.

What is our vision?

It can be stated in shorthand with just three words: CONNECT, LEARN, SERVE. It is also stated a little more clearly as: Our purpose is to CONNECT people to God (through worship and love), to LEARN (together through the study of God's Word), and to SERVE (through meeting the needs of this community).

Connect

This relates to the importance of worship, prayer, and fellowship in our everyday lives. Connect means to be in vital relationship…

with God through Jesus Christ as expressed through dynamic, relevant worship…

with each other in small groups…                                

with our community through outreach…

Learn

This is the means by which we come to know and obey God's Word and understand how it makes a daily difference in our lives. We grow as Christ’s disciples as we learn…  

about God…

about ourselves and our gifts …

about the importance of community…

about the world…

Serve

This reminds us of our call to make a difference in the world. At times, we will work alongside fellow believers inside the walls of the church. Just as often, the call will move us outside the walls of the church and into our community and world. Serving is fed by a desire to experience firsthand God's work in the lives of others, recognizing we are one instrument He is using. We serve…

our congregation…

our community…

our world…

 

What are our beliefs?

We celebrate faith in Jesus Christ and His Gospel. United Methodist teachings are solidly rooted in the Scriptures and the rich heritage of the Old Testament. What we believe can be defined even more specifically as traditional Protestant Christianity with the added unique distinction which we have inherited from our founder, John Wesley. Beyond this, the United Methodist Church encourages us to think for ourselves, and as such we do not necessarily share the same opinions about every faith issue or social concern. At the same time, we value group study and community prayer.

As United Methodists, we celebrate our joyful obligation to share faithful witness to Jesus Christ and the difference He makes in our lives. We recognize and worship Christ as the living redeemer at the center of the Church's life and mission. In order that we might faithfully carry out that mission we strive for our faith to grow ever deeper. That means ongoing, sincere, prayerful reflection on our biblical study of God and living daily to show faithfully the witness we make during our lifetimes.

To find out more about The United Methodist Church visit www.umc.org.

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