Who We Are
Mandarin United Methodist Church has a rich history and a bright future! We are part of The United Methodist Church, the second-largest denomination in the United States, and a local church in the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
As United Methodists, we share beliefs with other Christians on the centrality of Jesus Christ and the cross, as expressed in the Bible and the historic creeds of the Christian Church (The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed). As United Methodists, we focus on the Grace and Love of God for all people. The distinctive convictions of United Methodists are that the saving love of God is meant for all people, that Jesus’ love is transformative, and that the love of Jesus creates community. Because of Jesus’ love, we reach out in service to our world.
Covenant for Christian Leadership
Persons who serve in leadership positions at Mandarin UMC will be committed to their own spiritual formation, actively living out their Christian witness.
Persons in leadership will give evidence of their membership vows to be loyal to the United Methodist polity (the way we are organized) and doctrine (what we believe) and to “do all in their power to strengthen its ministries.” In the context of our Wesleyan heritage and the vows that each member takes upon joining the United Methodist Church, characteristics of such lives include:
- Praying for the church, the community, and the world.
- Participating regularly in worship as a vital component of spiritual growth and connection to others within the body of Christ.
- Participating in a small group for nurturing both faith and friendships.
- Giving generously back to God, in proportion to one’s income.
- Serving in the life of the church and in mission that extends beyond the congregation of Mandarin UMC.
- Leaders will give evidence of Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, and act out of the love and faith of 1 Corinthians 13: “patient, kind, rejoice in truth, bears, believes and hopes all things.”
Persons in leadership will make every effort to maintain “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3. Our polity and doctrine are contained in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2012. The United Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, Tennessee
Adopted by the Mandarin UMC Church Council, October 2013