Northeast United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Northeast United Methodist Church is an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfulling, socially just community of faith in the United Methodist tradition in Northeast Minneapolis.
Mission, Vision & Values
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
To be an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just community of faith in the United Methodist tradition in Northeast Minneapolis.
What Does This Mean to Me?
Many folks are turned off by Christianity. Traditional church language is quickly becoming foreign and sometimes offensive to people who don't come to church. Our mission and vision statements genuinely describe who we are and what we care about as a community of faith This is who we are, and who we aspire to be as a community. It is our mission in this neighborhood, but also our vision for ourselves and our church. While these phrases define our life together right now, we also have a lot of room to grow into living out these ideals.
As we learn to love and care about the world, we also, then, grow to love the people on the planet. As we learn to love other people, we see and learn to love the divine. We grow to recognize sparks of the divine in everyone we meet. Whether you start with environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfullment or social justice, each one leads to the other.
The identity of our community of faith is marked by care, compassion and acceptance of one another (all the people who regulary come to our church) and our care, compassion, acceptance and advocacy for other people in our neighborhood, our country and our world.
As United Methodists, we have three Scriptural imperatives to follow:
*Cultivate spiritual vitality: Jesus' Great Commandment (Luke 10:27) to love God and neighbor tells us to cultivate spiritual vitality. Within our Wesleyan tradition, we practice the practical and formational disciples of three simple rules: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.
*Reach new people: Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to go and make disciples of all nations tells us to reach new people. Within our Wesleyan tradition, we practice this by summoning people to experience God's prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying grace and encourage people to embrace a life of personal and social holiness. The thrust of the Wesleyan movement is to "reform the nation . . . and to spread scriptural holiness over the land."
*Heal a broken world: Jesus' Great Announcement (Luke 4:18-21) that he came to preach good news to the poor and to liberate the oppressed tells us to heal a broken world. Within our Wesleyan tradition, we practice this through our historic commitments to make visible and incarnate the kingdon of God on earth as it is in heaven.
"The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
--The United Methodist Book of Discipline