Beliefs and Values of the UMC

The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage: Beliefs of the UMC

A Guiding principle for servant Ministry in the Urban Core

Every person (lay or ordained) accepting God’s call to servant ministry in the urban core must strive to imitate Jesus (who becomes known) from testimony about his life, words and actions as found in the Gospels and illuminated by the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head and we are the Body.

Servant ministers should be especially mindful that Jesus continually emphasizes:

  1. All persons are children of God,
  2. God values every person’s life and its purpose,
  3. Every person is worthy of respect and dignity,
  4. God forgives, and promises salvation to all who will accept it, and
  5. True love of God manifests itself only through nonjudgmental, unconditional love of others in an active, caring way

Just as with Jesus, every ministerial action has to be directed toward letting those served find and experience the presence of the kingdom of God in their lives.

The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

The purpose of The FivePractices is to identify and connect congregations and church leaders who seek to multiply their ministries by repeating, deepening, and improving on the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.

The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

  • Radical Hospitality
  • Passionate Worship
  • Intentional Faith Development
  • Risk-Taking Mission and Service
  • Extravagant Generosity

For more info link to: Robert Schnase: Using the Five Practices in Congregations