Beliefs & Values
The heritage of our faith
As a United Methodist Church, we are part of the second largest denomination in America, a denomination that has churches in almost every city in the country and a foot print of mission and ministry around the world. Our church has been an active congregation in the Mansfield community for almost 150 years.
Our church is centered in our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ who will love God, love others and serve the world. To be a disciple means living out a commitment to follow Jesus. For us, that means growing in deeper love with God and living out an expression of that love in our relationship with others and in our commitment to serve and bless the world.
We believe that God's grace takes root in our hearts and grows in our lives through our involvement in several key ways.
- Corporate worship
We believe that worship is the engine that drives the Christian life, as well as the church. Worship grows out of the deepest longings of our hearts — to be connected to that which is beyond ourselves, the God who is the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all life. We believe that a disciple of Jesus is one who sees his or her own life as being about glorifying God.
- Personal practices
We believe that disciples are those who willingly choose to "discipline" their lives in a particular way. This includes our investment in the study of the Bible, reflecting on how the Bible would lead us to pursue what Jesus described as "life to the full," as well as our devotion to a consistent connection to God through prayer. Our GPS Guide, which we produce each week, is a resource for participating in these practices.
- Generous Living
We believe the story of faith is built on the foundation of a God who loves and a God who gives. Therefore, we see generosity as a primary mark of the disciple of Jesus. This includes the sharing of our resources — our time, our talent and our treasures — for the sake of serving our world. Disciples of Jesus are those who intentionally pursue opportunities to sacrifice for the sake of blessing others. We believe God has called us to be a blessing to our city, our region and our entire world.
- Healthy Relationships
We believe that the primary value of our lives is found in our relationships. A growing relationship with God always leads us into deeper relationship with one another. Loving God is inseparable from our call to love others. Investing ourselves in one another through small groups and other community activities helps foster the maturing of God's grace in our lives.
One final word . . .
We believe the church is at her best when the doors are open to all of who have an interest in learning about the Christian faith. Wherever you are on your journey, regardless of where you fall on the deep questions of faith, our community is open to you.
Want to know more?
If you are interested in more information about our beliefs and values, there are several opportunities we would offer to you.
- First, read more about the foundational beliefs of United Methodism.
- Second, read The United Methodist Handbook which provides information on United Methodist teachings, church structure and organization, denominational initiatives, what it means to be a worldwide church, connectional giving information, a glossary of United Methodist terms and more.
- Third, join us for Starting Point, a casual and relaxed gathering where you can learn more about our church, our mission and what we believe. Go to the Starting Point page for more information and upcoming dates.
- Finally, you may contact any of our pastors to schedule a visit or ask any questions you might have.