Our mission/vision

Mission

To Make Disciples of Jesus, the Christ, for the transformation of the world.

Vision

We will be a growing community in Christ, spreading the word of God by reaching out to all people in an accepting, supporting, and loving way.

EXPLANATION

At McKnight UMC, we understand our primary mission as given to us by Jesus Christ in the "Great Commission" as found in Matthew 28:16-20 is to go into the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ so that the world might be transformed.  We believe this happens when we as a community in Christ spread the Word of God by reaching out to everyone regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background in accepting, supporting, and loving ways.  Everyone, including those in the church, stands in need of the grace of God and the support of others in order to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ in ways that transform their lives into the likeness of Christ.  We believe this happens best in communities where making disciples of Jesus Christ through loving service, action, and teaching are abundant.

Social Creed of UMC

We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God's gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.

We affirm the natural world as God's handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.

We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.

We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of all persons.

We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.

We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.

We believe in the present and final triumph of God's Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. Amen.

- The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012 ; ¶ 166.VII.