Our Beliefs

With Christians of other traditions and denominations, we confess belief in the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Apostles’ and the Nicene Creeds are the creeds that make up the bedrock of our belief system, as well as being the “standard” creeds of all Christian churches, no matter what denomination they represent. 
 
Here are some “quick-take” beliefs of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church:
  • The United Methodist Church has an “open table” when we celebrate Holy Communion (aka mass, eucharist, the Lord’s Supper).  This means we have no tradition of excluding anyone from Holy Communion if they wish to come forward.
  • As United Methodists, we believe God’s grace is open to all who come to God for salvation, and that no person or group of people is predestined to be saved or condemned.
  • The United Methodist Church has ordained women as pastors since 1956, and we see spiritual leadership as independent from one’s gender.
  • The United Methodist Church welcomes all people into its ministries and membership into its churches; regardless of racial, national, or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.
 

According to our foundational statement of beliefs, United Methodists share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities.

Learn how United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians.

 

Christian Roots of United Methodism

As a United Methodist Church, we are theologically middle-of-the-road.  We believe in cooperation and connection with other Christian churches as well as other religious groups who seek to make the world a better place.  One author has called us “the extreme center,” and you will find us with a belief system and practice somewhere between more liberal Christian groups (like the United Churches of Christ and the Episcopal Church) and more conservative ones (such as Southern Baptists, Pentecostals, and Fundamentalists).  The United Methodist Church, and Saint Paul’s, seek to be both Christ-centered and open-minded in our practice and our beliefs, focusing on the basics of the Christian faith in the Protestant perspective and leaving the rest to opinion.  
 
Early in the Methodist movement, three rules of faith and life were implemented to help people grow in their walk with Christ:
 
John Wesley and the early Methodists emphasized Christian living, putting faith and love into action.