As United Methodists, we share a common heritage with all Christians. By our foundational statement of beliefs in the Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities. Click on the section headers to read the official UMC statements on these beliefs.


We believe that God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons.


We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death, and resurrection demonstrate God’s redeeming love.

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst. When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it is the Holy Spirit at work.

Human Beings

We believe Genesis 1:27’s assertion that we have been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create.

The Church

We believe the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.

God's Reign

We believe the Kingdom or Reign of God is both a present reality and a future hope.