Vision & values
Vision Statement (as of March 2019)
Birmingham Methodist Circuit aspires to be a welcoming Christian family with inspiring worship, radical compassion and social justice at its heart. In this way and following in our Methodist tradition, we aim to share in the transformation of life made possible through God's love.
As members of the Birmingham Methodist Circuit, we have agreed the following five priorities for the sharing of our God given resources:
Transforming Life - We aim to live in such a way as to bring about positive change in our own lives and the lives of others, to share God's love and to learn and grow as followers of Jesus both individually and in community.
Inspiring Worship - We aim to offer worship across the circuit which glorifies God, is inviting to all, enriches faith and inspires us to respond.
Radical Compassion - We aim to develop and practise a radical compassion which is welcoming, inclusive, safe and empowering.
Social Justice - We aim to speak out and take action against injustice in all its forms.
A Methodist Perspective - Working together with our ecumenical partners and many others, we aim to uphold the values and principles which arise from our Methodist heritage, including being sustainable, ethical, collaborative and connected to Methodists across the nations and around the world.
The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.
The four areas in which we seek to work out that calling are:
The Church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love.
Learning and Caring
The Church exists to help people to learn and grow as Christians, through mutual support and care.
The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.
The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ.
In partnership with others wherever possible, the Methodist Church will concentrate its prayers, resources, imagination and commitments on this priority:
To proclaim and affirm its conviction of God’s love in Christ, for us and for all the world; and renew confidence in God’s presence and action in the world and in the Church.
As ways towards realising this priority, the Methodist Church will give particular attention to the following:
Underpinning everything we do with God-centred worship and prayer
Supporting community development and action for justice, especially among the most deprived and poor – in Britain and worldwide
Developing confidence in evangelism and in the capacity to speak of God and faith in ways that make sense to all involved
Encouraging fresh ways of being Church
Nurturing a culture in the Church which is people-centred and flexible