Churches often slip into decline because they lose their sense of purpose; their sense of what they exist for. Many times a church will slowly dwindle and ultimately close its doors because the people there have no sense of purpose or direction. In the King James Version of the Bible, Proverbs 29:18 states: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” At St. Andrew we believe that purpose and vision are important aspects of understanding how God is directing our steps in mission. In 2014 our church leaders set about discerning a new sense of purpose for our church in consultation and prayer with our congregation. Through their work and the responses and prayers of our church we have rested on stating that our purpose at St. Andrew is to be:
Following Christ – Offering Hope – Serving Community
What we Believe
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 states, “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
When we come to know Jesus Christ our lives become transformed and as a result we reflect God’s glory to the world. We at St. Andrew believe that Jesus Christ is still transforming lives today and we want to be the type of church where when people walk through our doors, they have their lives impacted by Jesus Christ and his followers. Then, as transformed people we start to step out into the world to impact the world for the glory of God.
To be a transformational church for individuals and the world. Our Vision at Saint Andrew UMC
Our Strategy: “Worship, Study, Serve, Give”
Our strategy gives a few specific and tangible ways for people to live out the mission to make disciples. Below are the four strategies we are committed to.
In Matthew 22:34-40 Jesus mentions that the greatest commandment is to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Worship is the outward expression of that love. First we reach up to Christ and then we reach out to others, thus allowing our lives to become a living example of worship.
Hebrews 10:23-25 talks about not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but for the believers to continue to gather and grow together. We are committed to studying the Bible together both in Sunday School and in Group Life so that we will further each others growth as disciples.
In James 2:14-18 it states that “faith without works is dead.” What good is our faith if we do not put it into practice? We believe that each person has God given gifts that are to be used to help others and bring glory to Christ. As a church we are committed to putting our gifts to use through acts of service.