Our Vision

At St. James, we are All in for Christ!
We will all work to bring new disciples to Christ through worship, mission and small groups.
All that we have. All that we do. All the time.

Our Mission
 A vibrant, growing church changing lives and reshaping futures for Jesus Christ.

Core Beliefs

Our core beliefs are based on statements found in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.

  1. We believe in the one true, holy and living God who reveals himself as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe God the Father is the Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things visible and invisible.
  3. We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man who lived, suffered and died on the cross. He was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to be with the Father, from whence He shall return. His sacrifice was sufficient for the sins of the whole world and redeems all human beings from sin.
  4. We believe the Holy Spirit comforts, sustains and empowers the faithful and guides them into all truth.
  5. We believe in the Holy Bible as the Word of God. It contains all that is necessary for our salvation.
  6. We believe the church is the community of all true believers under the Lordship of Christ.Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit the church exists for the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers and the redemption of the world
  7. We believe two sacraments were ordained by Christ: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.Baptism signifies entrance into the household of faith, and is a symbol of repentance and inner cleansing from sin. We offer three ways of baptism: sprinkling, pouring and immersion. Infant baptism includes infants in the fellowship of the church, where they are nurtured and enabled to profess their faith and confirm their baptism. The Lord’s Supper (holy communion) reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins, binds us together as His family, and fills us with His grace. We believe all persons are welcome at the table of our Lord.
  8. We believe all human beings, by their mortal nature, are inclined to sin. But we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ and made acceptable to God.We believe good works flow from a vital faith in God.
  9. We believe God’s grace works in each of us through the Word and the Spirit to help us love God with all our hearts and to walk in His Will and Way.
  10. We believe God is the owner of all things and that we are called to be good stewards of the world in which we live, and the time, talent and treasure we possess.
  11. We believe in the power of prayer that serves to connect us with God, convict us of His truth, provide guidance to the faithful, and transform the world through His love.

DISTINCTIVE UNITED METHODIST EMPHASES 
  1. We emphasize the central action of God’s grace, which is the undeserved, unmerited and loving action of God in human existence. We have experienced grace in three ways 
    Prevenient Grace- God’s love that surrounds all of humanity and precedes any and all our conscious impulses, encouraging us and leading us to repentance and faith.
    Justifying Grace-God’s love that leads us to forgiveness of our sin and restores us in right relationship to Him. This “conversion” makes us new creatures in Christ, and begins us on a life growing in trust and faithfulness.
    Sanctifying Grace-God’s love that enables us to increase in the knowledge and love of God and in love for our neighbor

  2. .Although United Methodists share with many other Christians a belief in basic Christi and doctrines, we have historically combined them in ways to give emphases for living the full Christian life.
    Sanctification and Perfection-We hold that the wonder of God’s acceptance and pardon does not end God’s saving work. Rather we are nurtured and enabled to grow in grace toward the gift of Christian perfection, which is defined as “being filled with the love of God and neighbor”, and “having the mind of Christ and walking as he walked.”
    Faith and Good Works-We believe vital faith always produces responses and discipline that honors God. Good works cannot be truly transformative apart from the foundation of faith.
    Mission and Service-Personal salvation always involves reaching out to serve.Scriptural holiness entails more than personal piety; love of God is always linked with love of neighbor, a passion for justice, and renewal in the life of the world.
    Nurture and Mission of the Church-The personal experience of faith leads to participation in the body of Christ, the Church. Through worship, fellowship, study and service,we grow into His likeness and join together to transform the world through His love.