Pastor’s Pen – July 10, 2019

Dear Church family,

When someone joins our church we take an opportunity to go over our mission statement, vision, and core values. This is an important part of who we are as First United Methodist Church. Over the next few weeks, we are going to review who are as FUMC. Here is part of the mission and vision document that we drafted in 2015.

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We live this out by:

Loving God and Loving People (Luke 10:27)

Vision:

To expand the Kingdom of God by fostering a culture that helps people discover and live out the life that God intends for each of us to have.

Core Values:

Loving as God loves

We desire to connect with and extend God’s unconditional love to all people through all we say and do.

Being in Community

We value our relationships with one another, regardless of age, gifts, and views on theology, politics, and social issues, and choose to worship and do life together as the body of Christ.

Deepening relationships with Jesus Christ

We desire to encourage, equip, and empower people, in traditional ways like small groups and mentoring relationships and in fresh expressions throughout the community, wherever we are in our spiritual journey, to become all God created us to be so that we can be a blessing to others.

Partnering with others to carry out God’s work

We can accomplish more with others than we can alone; so we work with the United Methodist Church, global and community organizations, and individuals both inside and outside the church to live into the life that God desires for us.

Engaging the next generation

We want to connect and form mutual relationships with college students and young families in our church and community so that we can each live into God’s plan.

Our Strategic Initiatives:

Growing in Christ:

Everyone has a need to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to establish a discipleship path to engage the congregation and community.

Community Collaborations:

  • The creation of a Boca Raton Day Center for the homeless
  • Partner with local schools/or organizations to make a difference in children’s lives.
  • Haiti Initiatives

Next Generation:

In the summer of 2016, to launch a campus presence at Florida Atlantic University with a partnership from the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries of the Florida Annual Conference. We also desire to invest in and strengthen families in our church and community.

See you in worship on Sunday!

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus