MISSION (what we do)
Gaylordsville United Methodist Church, as a vessel of God, exists to help experience and cherish God’s unconditional, unfailing love that will overflow from our lives out onto lives of our neighbors.
– John 13:34-35
noun a hollow container, especially one used to hold liquid, such as a bowl or cask.
A vessel is strong and sturdy to hold liquid, so that it may pour out for others to drink. It is our sincere prayer that the love of God fills our church and overflows for others to come and drink.
VISION (how we do)
How we pursue our mission together is through four core practices:
- Worship. We believe our first and primary purpose is to encounter God and exalt God through worship. True worship channels the love and grace of God and leads us to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ by surrendering ourselves to God. In worship, we remember who we are and whose we are. We are loved by God and we love God. Worship can happen outside the church and other days of the week. It can be while you are getting ready in the morning, doing your laundry, or talking to someone for we are called to worship God in every sphere of life.
- Education. We believe that Bible-based, Spirit-led Christian education for all ages is foundational to living a life in Jesus Christ. We want to dedicate our minds to knowing God and understanding clearly and truly about God. We want to grow in the knowledge of God and devote mental efforts to obey all that Christ has commanded us to do.
- Fellowship. The New Testament word for fellowship, koinonia, means to be together for mutual benefit. Fellowship brings us together, gives us a sense of identity and belonginess, and unites us as one family. We need to share the joy of partaking in God’s ministry together not only by working and serving but also by resting and enjoying each other’s presence. Fellowship gives us an opportunity to be restored and recharged.
- Service. A health church will pour what it contains to the world: God’s love for every one of us. Personal salvation must be expressed in ministry and mission in the world. For Wesley, there was no religion but social religion, no holiness but social holiness. In other words, faith always includes a social dimension. One cannot be a solitary Christian. By serving others, we have not only the form of religion but also the power of religion. We value expressing the gospel by meeting needs of the world in a manner that is grace based, culturally relevant, Spirit led, and evident to our community.