Beliefs and Values

Our Beliefs

At First Methodist, 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. 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, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. 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, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith.

Methodists have open hearts, and open minds–and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.

If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call 601.924.6671 and ask to speak to one of our pastors or e-mail us.

Our Purpose

A community of believers centered on God and focused on others.

Our Vision

Extending God’s Divine Welcome to our neighbors and world by: INVITING people to join us in living under the rule of God; WELCOMING those who come with God’s hospitality; NURTURING people in a Christian faith; EQUIPPING people by helping them discover their spiritual gifts; EMPOWERING people to be ministers of Jesus Christ; SENDING FORTH people to go into the world and live out our faith with boldness and compassion.