Purpose

The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

 

The fundamental way we fulfill our mission is to reach out to people in the name of Jesus Christ, to relate people to God, to nurture and strengthen them in their journey of discipleship, and to send them into the world to be the church--inviting and receiving others in the name of Jesus Christ. 

 

Northwoods United Methodist Church lives on a strong foundation of years of Christian discipleship.  We are blessed to be heirs to a tradition of faithfulness to the call of Christ.  It is imperative that we not lose sight of the ministry of those who have gone before us.

 

Our ministry today is vital to the witness of Christ in this community and it becomes a part of the foundation for ministry yet to come.  We have the capacity to be effective in carrying out Christ"s mission as a fellowship of believers.

 

God is calling us to discipleship. As we respond to God's calling we can claim the promise of the presence of Jesus Christ and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.


Beliefs

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time. 

 

Two considerations are central to this endeavor: the sources from which we derive our theological affirmations and the criteria by which we assess the adequacy of our understanding and witness. 

Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.

 

Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task

United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. Living in a covenant of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of God"s coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven.

 

The Ministry of All Christians

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

 

Social Principles

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners.