Why do we exist?
Our purpose is to love God and to love our neighbors.Matthew 22:37-40
Where are we going?
Our vision is the preferred future that God has in mind for His people. Our vision is to be a people who: Say a daily yes to Jesus, Engage our world as a mission field, and Actively Care for the vulnerable. Luke 9:23, John 20:21, Zachariah 7:9-10, Micah 6:8, Jeremiah 22:3
We will become a community who learn to listen to Jesus and follow Him courageously every day. We will become a community where we strive to build God’s Kingdom in the places and peoples he places each of us. We will become a safe community where minority cultures can thrive, the elderly are served, children are nurtured and the vulnerable protected.
What are the unique expressions, our DNA, that guide us as we go there? In what manner are we doing what we are doing?
Core values are the filter through which we do ministry and make decisions.
We Value Jesus “Jesus matters to our Daily lives.” Am I following Jesus daily, listening carefully and following courageously?
We Value Loving OthersThe Golden Rule matters, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” Luke 6:31
Are my actions, words and attitudes towards others loving?
We Value Application of Scripture “Teaching is for Life Change”
Are my priorities consistent with Scripture?
We Value Growth “Real followers of Jesus grow.”
Am I growing in my relationship with God and others?
We Value Unity “Focusing on the things that unite us, not the things that divide us.”
Am I speaking positively about my church at every opportunity?
We Value Diversity “Am I caring especially for those who are of minority ethnicity among us.”
Am I welcoming those who are different from me?
We Value Mission “Every Member a Missionary”
Do I see my life as God working through me to bless others?
We Value Small Groups “Growing larger and smaller at the same time.”
Am I part of a Small Group?
We are part of the Free Methodist family/denomination of churches. Within that family, OCF is one of the churches that make up THE RIVER CONFERENCE. TRC area takes in FM churches from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. To learn about the featured local church, scheduled events, suggested reading and more; read "The Current" pages on the TRC website, click here.
"The mission of the Free Methodist Church is to make known to all people everywhere God's call to wholeness through forgiveness and holiness in Jesus Christ, and to invite into membership and equip for ministry all who respond in faith."
The inspired, authoritative Word of God is the basis of faith for Free Methodists. They endeavor to live their lives according to its teachings. (James 1:22-25). Their churches offer Bible classes for all ages, preschool through adults, so that all may grow in grace and faith.
Free Methodists are among those who have experienced spiritual birth through faith in Jesus Christ, as explained by Jesus to Nicodemus in (John 3:1-17). John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, described his own conversion by saying that when Christ came into his life, "My heart was strangely warmed." The life-changing miracle of spiritual birth makes a Free Methodist, or any other believer, "a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17). A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an obedient walk with Him characterize Free Methodist Christians.
As the name implies, Free Methodists trace their heritage back to original Methodism as led by its founder, John Wesley. When Methodism came to America, churches and annual conferences spread across the land. In 1860, in western New York and Illinois, the Free Methodist Church came into being. In New York a group of 1,000 Methodist laymen held several conventions and were joined by evangelical Methodist pastors. On August 23, 1860, the new denomination came into being. Issues that were important to them included slavery in America. While the mother church did not take a stand, those who took the name "Free" Methodist opposed slavery. Another issue in that time was the widespread practice of renting and selling church pews, thus relegating the poor to benches in the back of the sanctuary. "Free" Methodists called for free seats for all and emphasized tithes and offerings to support the church's ministries. Freedom in worship, in contrast to deadening formalism, was also important to "Free" Methodists. As a result, the newly named Free Methodists sought to maintain the heritage of original Methodism with its warm-hearted, biblical message and lifestyle.
As a people, Free Methodists seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and live disciplined lives in accord with the Bible's teachings. The Bible speaks of being "sanctified," which has two meanings: set apart and cleansed. Being set apart unto Christ and cleansed and filled by the Holy Spirit is more than a goal. It is a way of life taught in the Scriptures.
Free Methodists seek to worship God "in spirit and truth"
(John 4:23) From church to church, and in multiple services of some local congregations, varieties of worship styles may be found. Yet, the heart of worship is to glorify God and receive biblical instruction.
The goal of Free Methodists is to represent Jesus Christ in their daily living. They do this both through the way they live and in sharing the gospel's good news with others. Not known to be "hard sell" in their witness, they seek to be humble and winsome in showing forth Christ through their lives and lips.
Year after year, Free Methodists are at or near the top in per capita giving of tithes and offerings. Because of their love for the Lord, they follow His example in caring and in generosity. Their track record of compassionate outreach to those in need is seen not only in local congregations, but also in institutional ministries for those with needs Christians can help to meet.
Taking seriously the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20), Free Methodists have gone across the street, into the inner city and around the world with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. Local churches, followed by the denomination's Christian colleges, universities and seminary programs, train and equip men and women for Christian ministry at home and abroad.
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Free Methodists have planted the church and its Christian witness across the North American continent and around the world in nearly 50 countries. As a Christian denomination, Free Methodists belong to the Lord and to each other, even though they speak many world languages. They also belong to various evangelical interdenominational associations.