About Us

At First United Methodist Church in Boca Raton, we find ourselves in an exciting new season of a long journey that began in 1926, a new season driven by our purpose statement—“making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Guided by that statement, we are building a caring family of believers on two campuses, who are experiencing how much fun we can have following Jesus together.

We take the process of becoming disciples seriously, calling our church family to weekly worship and daily devotional time; to connection with each other in accountability and mentoring relationships; to generosity of self and resources; and to service within the church and beyond the church in the community and world.

Our definition of discipleship comes from John 15:5, 10-12 NKJV:

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing. . . If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Ultimately, we seek to love our neighbors with a missional love that invites them to discover Jesus as Savior and join us in the lifelong journey of becoming his disciples.

We serve our neighbors in a wide variety of capacities with the goal of transforming our communities and our world through Christ’s compassion and love. You will find us in schools and medical facilities, in food pantries and prisons, on sports fields and mission fields in the U.S. and overseas. We call it “Love—in action” (and we have the t-shirts to prove it).

We welcome newcomers and invite you to join us on this journey that gets more and more exciting as we abide and obey and serve and love together.

Pastor Tom Tift