Our Mission Statement
We are a faith community committed to:
Loving God and loving others,
Serving Christ and sharing Him,
Transforming lives and making disciples.
We believe that life finds its deepest meaning in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ in sacred worship, in spiritual growth within a Christian community, and in engagement in authentic Christian mission.
At the heart of Germantown United Methodist Church are three purposes:
Reaching, Becoming, and Serving.
In these three ways we are transformed and are involved in the transformation of the world:
We Seek to Reach Persons With the Good News of Jesus Christ. We know the power of Christ’s love to transform lives. We long to help those who feel unblessed to know the blessing of Christ’s unconditional love and to help those of who are abundantly blessed to give their hearts, their time, their gifts, and resources to the great purposes of Christ in the world.
We Seek to Become Devoted Followers of Christ. Jesus said, “Come, and follow me.” With these words he called people into a community of learning, spiritual growth, and engagement with God and others. Following Christ is a lifelong journey.
We Seek to Serve Others in the Name of Christ by Healing Hurts and Meeting Needs. Through acts of service we seek to participate in Christ’s transformation of the world.
Foundational Documents of the United Methodist Faith
Just as creeds such as the Apostles’ Creed summarize the belief of all Christians, the Articles of Religion of The Methodist Church and the Confessions of Faith of The Evangelical United Brethren Church form a foundation of doctrine for United Methodists. They, along with Wesley’s Sermons on Several Occasions and Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, are “standards” of doctrine for United Methodists.
The Articles of Religion
When the Methodist movement in America became a church in 1784, John Wesley provided the American Methodists with a liturgy and a doctrinal statement, which contained twenty-four “Articles of Religion” or basic statements of belief. These Articles of Religion were taken from the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England—the church out of which the Methodism movement began—and had been the standards for preaching within the Methodist movement. When these articles were voted on by the American conference, an additional article was added regarding the American context, bringing the total number of articles to 25.
These articles became the basic standards for Christian belief in the Methodist church in North America. First published in the church’s Book of Discipline in 1790, the Articles of Religion have continued to be part of the church’s official statement of belief.
Read the Articles
The Confession of Faith
The Confession of Faith is the statement of belief from The Evangelical United Brethren Church. Consisting of 16 articles, the current form of this statement of faith was presented and adopted by the 1962 General Conference.
When The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 from the union of several branches of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, both The Articles of Religion and the Confession of Faith were adopted as basic statements of the Christian faith. Click here to read more about the history of how this statement of faith came to be.
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