Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission:“To know Christ and make Him known”


     A. We know Christ through

          Prayer & Bible study

          Presence (participating in worship & church events)

          Gifts (talents/skills & tithe)


     B. We make Christ known through

          Gifts (talents/skills & tithe)

          Service (meeting the needs of others both inside and outside the church)

          Witness (Sharing our faith)

Vision: “First United Methodist Church of Sanford is a bridge between Christ & our community to

              make disciples for transforming the world”


Values: List of beliefs/principles that we (the church) use to base our decisions on. They support our

               mission and vision. 


     A.Our proper authority

  • Christ centered in all we do: Would Jesus approve? What would Jesus want us to do? What would Jesus say?
  • Prayer focused in everything we do
  • Biblical authority: We value and live by the biblical principles as outlined in the inerrant word of God for transformation of the world and community.

     B.God inspired stewardship of our gifts, talents, and resources

  • Volunteers in missions: Serving abroad to spread God’s love. (Matthew 28:19-20 & 25:40)
  • Tithing (Malachi 3:8-10)
  • Following the great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, & Acts :8)
  • Service in the surrounding community (Matthew 22:37-40 & 25:40)

     C.Edifying the body so that we can fulfill our mission and vision. (By body we mean the 1ST UMC

         of Sanford)

  • Promoting and supporting healthy family units within the body. (Genesis 2:23-25 & Mark 10:5-9)
  • Employing the great commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and golden rule (Matthew 7:12 & Luke 6:31) in our dealings with each other
  • Nurturing the congregation: Discipleship opportunities such as worship, small groups & Bible studies. Also includes encouraging one another, helping each other as needed, visiting sick & shut-ins etc.. (Acts 2:43-47 & 4:32-37)

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