The Mission of the United Methodist Church
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The Mission of Trinity United Methodist Church
To build a community in unity with Christ.
Who are the United Methodists?
The United Methodist Church is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. But the UMC is not confined to the borders of our country. You can find United Methodists in almost every country. There are over 12 million of us worldwide.
The Methodists got their start back in 1700s, when John Wesley began to minister to people that he believed that the established Church had left behind. He believed that while faith was always personal, it was never private. Good works were a natural result of one’s faith in God, not a way of earning that faith. As a result Wesley and the early Methodists found ways not only to connect people to Jesus Christ, but to one another. Methodists were instrumental not only in establishing churches, schools, and hospitals throughout Britain and the United States, but were active in social justice issues like abolition, civil rights, worker’s rights, and many others. United Methodists continue that tradition today.
Standing in line with the beliefs of historic Christianity, we United Methodists join Wesley in believing that “the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illuminated by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason” (UM Book of Discipline, p. 80). We also stand with Wesley in affirming a quote attributed to St. Augustine: “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things charity.” Such an understanding allows a wide variety of expression within our churches, and enables people like Hillary Rodham Clinton and George W. Bush to both claim The United Methodist Church as their spiritual home.
Who are the Trinity United Methodists?
Trinity UMC was established in 1954 as an Evangelical United Brethren congregation. Always Wesleyan in theology and practice, the “EUBs” began their history as German speaking Methodists. When The Methodist Church merged with the Evangelical Brethren Church in 1968 to become The United Methodist Church, the congregation located on the corner of 81st and Q Streets became Trinity UMC. And for the past six decades, we have tried to faithfully minister to the people of Ralston.