Our goal is to create a serious faith community with a warm and casual atmosphere where people can explore and experience God without pressure. We believe that Jesus is the discovery of a lifetime, and following Him leads to a lifetime of discovery.
What kind of church is it?
We get asked this question more than any other! You should get a fair sense of who we are as you browse the website. We don’t live in the past, but we do remain connected to great historical truths Christianity has embraced since it began. We use current technologies in our services, as well as modern styles in our music, art and decor. We dress casually and invite you to do the same.
Everything we do is intentionally designed to reach out to 21st-century people like you, right where you are and to show you that God loves you and has a purpose for your life. We want you to know and to feel that no matter how stressed out you may be, no matter how many times you have failed, no matter how far you have fallen, God cares profoundly and wants to be part of your life — not just on Sunday mornings but every day of the week.
We are affiliated with the Free Methodist Churches of North America. (visit the website)
The Free Methodist Church is an evangelical Christian denomination, which has its origins in the Methodist movement as started by John Wesley. It has nearly 732,000 members worldwide in 82 nations. Light & Life magazine is the official publication. The Free Methodist Church World Ministries Center is in Indianapolis, Indiana. Free Methodist churches have a wide variety of expressions and styles of churches, but each one believes in the Bible as God’s holy word, Jesus as the only means of salvation, and the Holy Spirit as the one who gives personal guidance and power for living a life that pleases God.
The Free Methodist Church was organized at Pekin, New York, in 1860. The founders had been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church but were excluded from its membership for too earnestly advocating the doctrines and usages of historic Methodism. Under the leadership of Rev. Benjamin Titus (B. T.) Roberts, a graduate of Wesleyan University and an able and eloquent preacher, the movement spread rapidly. Societies were organized, churches built and the work established.
At the 1910 session of the Genesee Conference of the Methodist Church at Rochester, New York, a full acknowledgment was made of the wrong done to Roberts fifty years before, and the credentials unjustly taken from him were restored in a public meeting to his son, Rev. Benson Roberts.
Before the founding of the church, Roberts began publication of a monthly journal, The Earnest Christian. In 1868, The Free Methodist (now Light and Life) was begun. A publishing house was established in 1886 to produce books, periodicals and Sunday school curriculum and literature.
Why “Free” Methodist?
The name “Methodist” was retained for the newly organized church because the founders felt that their misfortunes (expulsion from the Methodist Episcopal Church) had come to them because of their adherence to doctrines and standards of Methodism. The word “Free” was suggested and adopted because the new church was to be an anti-slavery church (slavery was an issue in those days), because pews in the churches were to be free to all rather than sold or rented (as was common), and because the new church hoped for the freedom of the Holy Spirit in the services rather than a stifling formality.
The following is a condensed view of our general beliefs, which is a picture and goal of who we seek to be.
Students of the Bible
The inspired, authoritative Word of God is the basis of faith for Free Methodists. We endeavor to live our lives according to its teachings (James 1:22-25). Our churches offer Bible teaching for all ages, preschool through adults, so that all may grow in grace and faith.
Devoted to Christ
Free Methodists are among those who have experienced what the Bible calls being “born again” 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.
Seeking to Live Holy Lives
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 daily 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 with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to receive biblical instruction.
The goal of Free Methodists is to represent Jesus Christ in our daily living. The Bible calls this, being a “witness” for him. It’s similar to a witness in court who gives testimony about what he or she has experienced. We endeavor to do this both through the way we live and in sharing the good news about Jesus Christ with others. Not known to be “hard sell” in our methods, we seek to be humble in showing forth Christ through our lives and lips.
Year after year, Free Methodists are at or near the top in per capita giving of tithes and offerings. Because of our love for the Lord, we follow His example in caring and in generosity. Our 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.
A Belonging People
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 we speak many world languages. They also belong to various evangelical interdenominational associations.
World Mission Global Christians
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.
People with a Mission
“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.”
-Adapted from an article written by Bob Haslam