What We Believe

Aldersgate is part of a 12.6-million-strong global church that asserts opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist movement) and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living—on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis continues to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
We believe we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, who is the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this commitment, we rely critically on our biblical and spiritual inheritance, as we strive to faithfully witness in our lifetime.
God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst. When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it is the Holy Spirit at work.
Genesis 1:27 asserts that we’ve been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create.
The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today, where we are all welcome to serve together in worship, fellowship, and service.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
In Baptism, we are claimed by God and washed clean from our sins. It’s where we begin our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.
The sacrament of Holy Communion is open to all persons. We reverently recall the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus, and rejoice in the power of the cross for salvation.
It is our vision that lives are transformed to action by God’s Word and Spirit.
And how do we do this? We:
  • Proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ;
  • Lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ;
  • Nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace;
  • Send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel; and
  • Continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.