At The Monroe United Methodist Church, we are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church.
What is a United Methodist?
United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. We are the home to both President Bush and Senator Dole, as well as President Clinton’s family when he was in the White House. Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation.
United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, and we recognize that the world is complicated and multifaceted. Important things do not often come with simple black and white choices. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion.
Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, lively worship, and small groups where people could can grow in faith.
Methodists have open hearts, and open minds, and open doors. We welcome anyone interested in learning about and growing in our Christian faith to join us.
Monroe United Methodist is a church dedicated to developing fully devoted followers of Christ. Were we make disciples for Christ who will know, love, and serve God by doing all the good they can in all the places they can with all the people they can.
The following five broad areas of ministry constitute the primary means of accomplishing our purpose. They are the historic elements of the church’s mission: Worship, Evangelism, Service, Discipleship and Fellowship.
Our first aim is to glorify God in worship; our second is to introduce people to Jesus Christ through evangelism; our third is to help persons of all ages to become deeply committed Christians through ministries of discipleship; our fourth is to build caring relationships and foster mutual ministry among the church family through authentic Christian fellowship; and finally, we aim to train, equip, inspire and mobilize members to live out their faith outside the walls of the church through ministries of service.
United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. Our members speak many languages and live in many countries.
No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure—referred to as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning. Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. We live out our call to mission and ministry by engaging in ministry with the poor, combating diseases of poverty by improving health globally, creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations, and developing principled Christian leaders. No one congregation can do all these ministries, but together—through the power of our connection—we can make a tremendous difference.