"Together in Christ ... Reaching Beyond our Doors"
Together in Christ: We are a wide variety of people who come together from all around the Grand Traverse area to worship God, to grow in our Christian discipleship, and to reach out in compassion and service to each other and to the world.
Reaching Beyond our Doors: We reach out through summer worship at "Church in the Park"; through youth and adult mission teams that serve in the U.S. and across the globe; through community events such as the Cherry Festival; through ecumenical partnerships in support of Community Meals, Safe Harbor Shelter, the CROP Walk, and Habitat for Humanity; through musical programs like the Messiah Sing. In these and many other ways, we participate together in the mission of the Church to "go...and make disciples" as we reach out beyond our doors.
Core Values And Vision
As a Christ-centered congregation, we strive to:
- Be shaped by the historical Wesleyan emphasis of a vital personal faith, social justice, ecumenism and a global concern.
- Provide opportunities for passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity.
- Nurture an inter-generational community.
Offer radical hospitality to all people in a friendly downtown church.
- Respect diverse perspectives, while uniting in Christian essentials and resolving to love.
- Standing upon these core values, we step into the future with the hope of becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
History Of Methodism & Beliefs
John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
Theology is not just about God. It is also about us. We live out of our understanding of who we are in relationship to God, to one another, and to the world. The Christian faith is grounded in the love and grace of God, experienced through Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is our response to God’s love and grace.
The church calls our response to God Christian discipleship. Discipleship focuses on actively following in the footsteps of Jesus. As Christian disciples, we are not passive spectators but energetic participants in God’s activity in the world. Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God. We order our lives in ways that embody Christ’s ministry in our families, workplaces, communities, and the world.
To learn more about the history and beliefs or Theology of Discipleship, please refer to The United Methodist Church Website.