Our Mission Statement:
“To love God by following Christ and serving people to help transform lives.”
We recognize four sources and criteria for theological thinking: Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason. Together these are known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. Scripture is primary, so we understand our primary theological task as disciplined study of the Bible. The traditions of the Church throughout the ages, our personal faith expereince and reason all serve to enlighten and enliven our understanding of scripture and its interpretation today. We do not, therefore, understand theology as static, for the exclusive property of any one particular doctrine or creed, but as a dynamic process involving the entire community of faith.
Our understanding of God as revealed in Jesus Christ compels us to open our hearts to the experience of God in our lives and in relationship with others; to open our minds to new and deeper understandings; and to open our doors to all people who would join us in loving God with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves. We commit ourselves to going out to be God’s people in the world.
Goals and Objectives:
- To clearly communicate the understanding of God and the Christian faith upheld by the United Methodist Church in general and First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth in particular.
- To create a welcoming, inclusive, joyful, and safe environment for all persons, where there is intentional emphasis on meaningful worship experiences, stimulating and relevant studies, opportunities to enhance spiritual growth and discipleship, and the fostering of meaningful friendships.
- To share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others and connect the First United Methodist Church congregations to ministry opportunities within the church. Create a two-way flow of open, transparent and helpful information that supports the membership, directs members to programs and ministries, assists in decision making, and encourages participation by visitors and other non-members.