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What We Believe

The United Methodist Church is a 12.8-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. Read more about the church’s mission statement.


John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living - on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.


Fountain Avenue's Mission Statement

Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church cares for our community as Christ would, and helps make his disciples. 


We believe in:


  • God's complete, undeserved love for us — God's gracet

  • the centrality of God's grace in all human life

  • the availability of God's grace for everyone

  • salvation as personal and social; righteousness as imputed and imparted

  • the authority of the Bible, tradition, reason and experience

  • the essential unity of faith and works, of belief and faithfulness, and of salvation and holiness

  • the power of personal and communal prayer

  • the church as a community of Christ's followers who seek to share in God's mission of making disciples

  • the necessity of growing in grace — our aim to be seasoned, mature Christians

  • a cooperative posture of ministry and mission in the world, often referred to as "connectionalism"

  • the link between Christian doctrine and Christian living, between imputed and imparted righteousness

  • regular and repeated experiences of the means of grace — worship, searching the scriptures, prayer and fasting, holy communion and conferencing

  • caring for God's creation

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