Since 1858, people have gathered to worship, study and to serve in the Columbus area in the Methodist and Wesleyan spirit. Our Methodist roots date back to the 1700s when brothers John and Charles Wesley founded a movement to "spread Scriptural holiness over the land." United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs found in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:
- We believe in the triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons.
- We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God's redeeming love.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work.
- We believe that Genesis 1:27 asserts that all people have been made in the image of the Creator, and human beings have the capacity to love and care, to communicate and to create.
- We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today.
- We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
- We believe that the Kingdom of God, or the Reign of God, is both a present reality and a future hope.
The Wesleyan spirit continues to inspire us as we celebrate God's prevenient, justifying and sanctifying grace at work in the lives of Christian believers, and as we celebrate an Open Table and welcome all people to share in the bread and cup in Holy Communion.
We are Believing, Belonging, Becoming, and we invite you to join us in this journey.