What We Believe
To be passionate followers of Jesus Christ working together for the transformation of the world.
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
As United Methodists, we are Christians. We share affirmations in common with all Christian communities. Beyond that, our founder John Wesley placed a special emphasis on Christian living.
We think putting faith and love into action – doing what Jesus would have us do – is what ultimately transforms our minds and hearts to be more like Christ.
Wesley also gave us a rich understanding of God’s unconditional love. There’s even a special grace available to those of us who don’t believe yet.
Through the broader church, we have opportunities to learn and grow in our spiritual journey. We also find ways to serve and to support the missions of our church throughout the world.
When disaster struck in Haiti in the earthquake of 2010, for example, our broader church’s relief agency had already been on the ground.
Traverse Bay community members have been traveling to Haiti on mission for more than decade. We have friends there. At a time when no planes were coming or going, and communication was scarce, we could help immediately through the denomination’s relief efforts. It was a great relief to our congregation, as we mourned with our Haitian friends.
The red flame is a symbol of Spirit. It is the symbol of the day of Pentecost, after Easter, when the Holy Spirit comes to unify the fellowship of believers on Earth. It is a symbol of divine blessing and power. Our emblem also reminds us of a transforming moment in the life of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, when he sensed God’s presence and felt his heart “strangely warmed.”