What We Believe
About the United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a global church that’s slogan is open hearts, open
doors and open minds. The UMC tries to be in active engagement with our world constantly.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, placed primary emphasis on
Christian living by putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred
to as “practical divinity” has continued to challenge United Methodism today to be a church
concerned with what is going on in the world and actually impacting the world by how we
live out our faith.
United Methodists share basic beliefs in common with all Christian communities.
We believe one God is the Creator of our entire universe. That same God exists in three
forms which we refer to as the Trinity. These three expressions of God are: the Father, the
Son and the Holy Spirit. God is both holy and loving.
We believe in Jesus Christ (the son), who lived, then died on the cross, rose from the dead
and ascended into heaven and will one day return again to the earth. Jesus Christ is central
to our Christian faith as He is our savior and redeemer as witnessed in the Gospels of the
Methodists use four sources at all times when making decisions about our faith. These four
sources are: the bible, tradition, reason and experience, with scripture being our central
source for all things.