What do United Methodists believe?
We believe that Jesus was the Son of God, the child of the virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit, truly God and truly Man, who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven. He is eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us and by him all persons will be judged.
We also believe sin separated all persons from God. Jesus’ death on the cross was an atoning sacrifice, making possible our forgiveness and reconciliation with God. To repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ are the only requirements for one to receive that forgiveness and reconciliation made possible by Jesus’ death.
We believe that God is one God in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – that the Holy Spirit is of one substance with the Father and the Son. It convinces the world of sin, and leads persons to a response in faith to the gospel. The Holy Spirit is the Christian’s primary teacher, comforter and source of power
Holy Communion (or the Lord’s Supper) is a faithful remembrance of the suffering and death of Christ and a celebration of love within the Church. Those who in faith eat the broken bread and drink the blessed cup partake of the body and blood of Christ in a spiritual manner until He comes in glory. Bethany UMC believes in an open communion table – all are welcome.
Bethany UMC’s Mission Statement
Love and follow Jesus, invite others on the journey, joyfully serve in Jesus’ name.
Vision Statement for Bethany United Methodist Church
We see worship as the first priority of the church. Gathering to offer corporate thanks to God is foundational for the ministry of discipleship. We are in the business of growing disciples of Jesus Christ. Over the coming months, we will aggressively focus our worship efforts on enhancing our worship opportunities and the quality of the worship experiences offered by Bethany. We will look strategically at our worship offerings to determine their effectiveness and how each of them may be enhanced. We will find ways to encourage our members and others in the community. We will also look at the expansion of worship opportunities to other possible venues that meet the needs of an expanding community.
Outreach is about taking the church to the community; being the church in the world. Whether it is next door or overseas, we will reach out with the love of Christ to minister.
We envision a church so committed to missions that every member is engaged in assisting our ministry of missions. We envision a “missions coordinating team” that plans strategically for missions, receives mission suggestions from the congregation, then manages the development of our mission ministry over the next five years. They will look strategically at our mission work and assign new mission endeavors to our Local, Global and Evangelistic Outreach teams. We will develop the funding of world class mission engagement through a separate stewardship campaign focused on missions and centered around the Easter season.
Bethany is good at the nurture of our flock. Care teams, Stephen Ministry, a Nurture Pastor, Sunday Schools, hospital ministry, counseling and countless other ministries happen every day through Bethany. We envision the creation of new nurture ministries, built on small group models, to foster the development of small groups for growing disciples through prayer, devotion, bible study, witness and fellowship. Patterned after the Wesley Class Meeting, these groups will grow into accountability groups that encourage the development of every member of Bethany’s discipleship.
There is no more important nurture ministry than our work with children and youth. They have always been of critical importance to the people of Bethany. We have always believed that we are called to care for them and their Christian development. In the coming years we will need to look closely at our ministries with these critical parts of our family and make both staffing and funding of this work a higher priority. Over the next five years, we will need to employ additional staff in Christian Discipleship ministries for adults, youth and children.
Our vision is to become a congregation that, in every aspect of our life, is developing Christian disciples of Jesus Christ who desire to be instruments of God’s love and power. Through prayer, worship, learning, service and fellowship we will reflect faithfully what it means to be the Body of Christ in the world.