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Our Beliefs

OUR BELIEFS

We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is, in the words of the Apostle Paul, the body of Christ. The church is to be the physical presence of Christ in the world. As such, our primary aim is to do God’s will.  We believe God has called Melbourne UMC to the following: 

At Melbourne, we are Christians who are part of the United Methodist Church; open hearts, open minds, open doors.

What is the United Methodist Church?

United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion. 

Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world.  (http://www.umc.org/how-we-serve)

We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith.

Methodists have open hearts, and open minds--and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.

If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call 859-441-6222 and ask to speak to our pastor or lay Leaders. Or go to http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe

As United Methodists we believe

We believe in the Triune God. We believe in salvation through Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit. We believe Christ’s Universal Church. We believe in Practicing theology. We believe in Transforming and Perfecting Grace. We believe in Faith and Good Works. We believe in the Coming of God’s Realm and Reign in the World.

Our Purpose

To build a welcoming Christian community where a diversity of people can come to know Christ and be committed to sharing this love and grace with others.

Our Vision

Reaching, healing, encouraging people and community; providing a church that speaks Christ’s love to those we’re called to serve.

Our Journey

Living in grace, loving everyone, learning to follow Jesus, launching into service

Our Strategies

The following five broad areas of ministry constitute the primary means of accomplishing our purpose and vision. They are the historic elements of the church’s mission: Worship, Evangelism, Service, Discipleship and Fellowship.

Our first aim is to glorify God in worship; our second is to introduce people to Jesus Christ through evangelism; our third is to help persons of all ages to become deeply committed Christians through ministries of discipleship; our fourth is to build caring relationships and foster mutual ministry among the church family through authentic Christian fellowship; and finally, we aim to train, equip, inspire and mobilize members to live out their faith as salt and light outside the walls of the church through ministries of service.

Our Values

It is our desire to honor God’s creation and work to share His love as such, we strive to reflect his integrity, grace, excellence, relevance, authenticity, passion, humility, faith, inclusivity, commitment, joy and love in all we do.

Our Limitations

We believe God has given our church a purpose and a vision and we realize that leaving the path and focus could inhibit our ability to achieve God's purpose and vision for this church. We therefore resolve and state that Melbourne shall not: pursue ministry which is contrary to its purpose; fail to seek to be good stewards of its financial and non-financial resources; do anything in opposition to the spirit and intent of the United Methodist Book of Discipline; stray from biblical principles and scriptures; stop discerning God's vision for Melbourne.

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