Who Are We
Mission and Vision
Our mission here at Wesley UMC is “To make and nurture disciples for Jesus Christ," and we strive to do that in ways that are joyful, thoughtful, and relevant to modern life. John Wesley, one of our United Methodist founders and the namesake of Wesley Church, was known for an activist Christianity that sought to link together vital personal spirituality and a commitment to serve those in need in practical ways. Wesley believed that both personal faithfulness and social outreach were two intertwined parts of the gospel of Jesus, and that “faith without works," in the words of the New Testament writer James, “was dead.”
We seek to be faithful to that history and heritage as we respond in a wholistic way to our call to live the Christian life..through vibrant worship, risk-taking service, generous giving, and welcoming hospitality.
We welcome persons from all stations of life… and extend the invitation to all to come as you are in the knowledge that God accepts you and loves you too much to leave you without the spiritual food you need.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Vaughn Hoffman, Senior Pastor
What United Methodists believe
WE BELIEVE that God is understood in three distinct forms. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
WE BELIEVE in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe. We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified. We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ, we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is God with us. We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obediently.
WE BELIEVE that God created human beings in God's image. We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
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 mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We believe that the church is "the communion of saints," a community made up of all past, present and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is God's Word. We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).
From The United Methodist Handbook
In the years just after World War II, a group of forward-thinking Methodists here in Bloomington-Normal took the bold step of combining two mid-sized congregations to start a new larger church which would be centrally located in downtown Bloomington. This church, they envisioned, would draw people from throughout Bloomington-Normal and the surrounding areas, and would be a powerful presence in serving the needs of people both locally and around world in the name of Jesus Christ.
Our ancestors envisioned that this new church would embody the best of United Methodist values. Among these values would be a commitment to living out a Christian faith that is both spiritually alive and intellectually responsible, a faith that is centered on both a personal relationship with God and a commitment to serve those in need; a faith steeped in the recognition that when it comes to the deep things of God, all of us have more to learn and opportunities to grow at every stage of our life.
Today that church, Wesley United Methodist Church, continues this proud history, and seeks to be faithful to our calling of providing ministry at the highest levels of effectiveness.