Hope United Methodist Church Mission Statement
Hope United Methodist Church is a word-centered, Holy Spirit-directed body of Christian believers who evangelize, disciple, empower, nurture and educate souls for Jesus Christ.
The Vision Hope United Methodist Church
The vision for Hope United Methodist Church is to grow and exemplify a life that is consistent with God’s Word. Hope Church will stand out in the community as an example for its members and the world at large. As a shepherd provides for the needs of his flock, so will the members of Hope tend to the needs of our community.
Hope Church will respond to the needs of the community and congregation by providing on-going spiritual, educational, cultural and emotional teaching and support. The members of Hope Church will faithfully pledge their lives and resources to God in order to accomplish the vision of the church.
HUMC will expand Christian education; foster family and church growth; promote economic development; nurture youth development and extend spiritual in-reach and outreach.
It is our desire that Hope Church will be seen as a “beacon of light” to neighboring communities, radiating God’s principles through its ministries, its Christian education and the fulfillment and understanding of God’s Word.
Hope United Methodist Church continues to strive to implement the following ideas in an effort to support its vision, mission and Christian objectives:
- Keep Christ in all that we do as we embellish the spiritual church ministry.
- Become inter-connectional with other United Methodist Churches and other.
- Educate youth through Christian education, physical, health and ethnic awareness to become participatory citizens in a global, multi-ethnic society.
- Motivate church members to action and bring non-members to Christ through dynamic spiritual leadership.
- Provide vibrant spiritual and fulfilling worship services supported by energetic vocal and instrumental music ministries, dynamic worship leaders and special programs.
- Communicate God’s message to the wider community through print and electronic media and positive word of mouth from our visitors and members. (Prov. 29:18)
- Become a transformational community whose concern is the wellbeing of the individual in society and the transformation of that society is a concern for equality, freedom for all and social justice.
We believe that if we want to be like Christ, we must re-orient change in the way we are presently doing business to make it more spiritual and relative to the needs of this ever changing society. Truly, we must be visionary, “for where there is no vision, the people perish.” (James 2:20)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
“Where there is no vision the people perish”
“Trust in the Lord always lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths”
The New Vision Plan and the Importance of Spiritual and Ministerial Realignment
Welcome to the synopsis of the 2012-2015 Vision Plan for Hope United Methodist Church.
As we move forward as a faith community, it is important that we are all on one accord in regards to the vision of ministry the Lord has placed upon us, the mission we engage to carry out that vision, the values we embody and disseminate as a faith community and the practice of ministry both as instruments of spiritual empowerment and transformation as we live as faithful witnesses bespeaking the reality and presence of Jesus Christ in our own lives.
One of our primary goals as a faith community is to make disciples for Jesus Christ and if we are to achieve this in today’s world, we must understand how God calls and equips the saints for effective service in the world. We ourselves must be familiar with what it means to live, think and act as faithful disciples so that we can call people unto Christ with conviction, confidence and hope that the message of the Gospels will positively change their lives.
One central challenge in ministry today is getting the leaders and people to become aligned with that greater vision and purpose of what it means to be a church. With all of the various models of church that have currently today, it is important that the people of Hope United Methodist Church understand its unique vision and mission and that they have a clear understanding of the specific brand or type of ministry to which God calls Hope to have in the larger community.
While there are other brands of ministries that other churches offer to the community, Hope is clear about who it is and what it is called to do; to save souls for Jesus Christ. While other ministries may be worthy of emulation, we are not in the business of imitating other paradigms of service just because they do or offer something “better” to the community. We must be true to who we are as Christians, as part of the United Methodist denomination as well as the peculiar culture and context of the people we are called to serve.
It is my hope that leaders will read and study this document and understand that it is always open to revision as the Holy Spirit leads and guides. Nothing is so carved in stone that it cannot be improved or revised to meet the current needs and demands of the faith community.
May the Lord purpose and strengthen our steps as we build His Kingdom on earth by calling all souls to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God bless you always and still keeping the Faith.