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Aldersgate's Mission

Why does the church exist? According to Matthew’s Gospel, the risen Christ made it clear:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Based on this “Great Commission,” our United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs” (From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2008, p. 87. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission).

Therefore, the mission of Aldersgate UMC is to make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ.

Fulfilling this mission is a four-fold task….We could abbreviate those tasks as Gather-Grow-Give-Greet.

At Aldersgate, we symbolize this mission with the Jerusalem Cross. 
The cross is an ancient Christian symbol that shows Jesus as both the messenger and the message. The Jerusalem Cross was first used as a coat of arms for the Latin Kingdom in Jerusalem. Because of this origin, it has also been known as the “Crusaders Cross.”
The large cross symbolizes the person of Christ.  The four small crosses are symbolic of the four Gospels proclaimed to the four-corners of the earth, beginning in Jerusalem.  At AUMC, the four smaller crosses also symbolize our four discipleship growth areas


We Gather in Christian community for worship, fellowship, and share the Gospel.

We have a direct responsibility for people of the “world” around our church, the community in which we and others study, work, shop, play, and so forth. In this world are people with many hurts, doubts, and questions. There are some who are new in the community and feel a little lost, some who are proudly self-sufficient, and others who are in desperate circumstances. Our mission is to reach out to them, listen to them, accept them, share the gospel in word and deed, invite them into the family of faith, and joyfully receive all who will respond.


We relate people to God and help them deepen their relationship with God.

The second task in making disciples is to offer people opportunities for growing closer to God. Whether they are visitors or old-time members, just beginning the journey of faith or well along the road—all are in need of God’s love in Christ. Through worship, prayer, study, and honest sharing, we help one another discover that the Holy Spirit is not far off but present with us, wanting an open and loving friendship with each of us—not only friendship but commitment as well. Through our congregation’s various ministries we encourage one another to give our selves to Christ, to ground our lives in the living God.


We nurture people in Christian service.

Third, our congregation strives to nurture people of all ages in the Christian faith and to help them practice the disciplines of discipleship. The church exists not to serve itself but to serve the world. We come to church not only for our own personal enrichment but also to prepare ourselves to do the work of love and to get ready to be Christ’s disciples in the community. Through worship, baptism, Communion, Bible study, prayer, and other means of grace, we’re strengthened for ministry.


We support people in their ministry to greet the world with the love of Christ.

As members of the congregation, we’re sent into the community to serve those in need and to make our community more loving and just. We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers and guides us in these ministries and that wherever there’s need and suffering, we meet Christ, already at work. But still, we cannot be effective in ministry on our own. So the congregation exists, in part, to surround and support each member in his or her ministry. We do not always succeed in our efforts to be faithful disciples in the world. But with the loving support of the community of faith, we can continue to grow.