Our Mission & Vision

Mission:

To Know Christ and Make His Love Known
 

Vision:

We pray to become:

A family of faith, trusting in Christ, immersed

in God’s Word, constantly in prayer;

A community of joy, made new by the Holy Spirit, 

worshiping and praising our Lord,

giving ourselves and our gifts to God’s kingdom

 Ambassadors of God’s love,

embracing all who seek Christ,

providing Christian nurture,

offering the hope of Christ to the world.

 
The Genesis of Grace UMC’s Mission & Vision
Proverbs 29:18 reads “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” In 2001 and 2002 ten people from Grace United Methodist Church were tasked with asking God the question: “What is God’s Mission and Vision for Grace United Methodist Church?” They were also tasked with preparing a succinct and clear Mission and Vision statement based upon God’s response to their question. They represented quite a diverse group of individuals from Grace. They ranged in age from seventeen to over seventy. They included both men and women. One lady was pregnant with triplets at the time. There were probably both Democrats and Republicans represented; though they never discussed politics. Some were typically quiet while others were anything but. Some had definite opinions from the beginning while others did not. Some in the group, upon initially looking at who all was there, thought that there was no way this group of individuals would ever be able to agree on anything much less prepare a Mission and Vision statement together. However, they spent a year praying and asking God this question, studying His Word and listening for His answer, polling the rest of the congregation and incorporating their response, and preparing the Mission and Vision statement in response to what they heard from God. In the end they didn’t even vote on the Mission and Vision statement. The last day as they worked on it together, all at once they knew in unison that they had it. God had answered and they had heard. God had unified this diverse group of individuals as one in Christ. Many in the group looking back on the year spent have said that it was the most spiritual experience of their lives. It was a year well worth it.