Central Avenue United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Know, Grow, Go

Methodism

What does it mean to be United Methodist?

 
The following statement of belief was developed as part of the new Arkansas Conference communication effort:
 
     We accept God's love as a gift that is meant to be shared; so the mission of United Methodists in Arkansas is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world - one person at a time.
     We are an inclusive church - everyone is welcome at our Communion table.  We have a place for you, and your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness are needed.  As members of a worldwide connectional church, we have a human connection of fellowship, a theological connection of belief, a purposeful connection of mission, and a structural connection of practice.  Through our worldwide connection, United Methodists are often first responders to disasters and human need. 
     Thinking for yourself is encouraged through founder John Wesley's practice that incorporates scripture, experience, reason and tradition.  Living the United Methodist way includes Wesley's general rules: Do no harm.  Do good.  Stay in love with God through following the means of grace - prayer, meditation, searching the scriptures, public worship, the sacraments, and Holy Conferencing.
     Four areas of focus for United Methodists are developing principled christian leaders for the church and the world, creating new places for new people by starting congregations and renewing existing ones, engaging in ministry with the poor, and stamping out killer diseases by improving health globally.