The Vision of the Portland United Methodist Church is "transforming lives, families, and our world through Jesus Christ."
CORE VALUES We value:
1. Full devotion to God through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the head of our church and offers the only means of salvation for our world.
2. The Bible is our authority and guide. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the final authority in life and doctrine.
3. People. People matter to God and therefore they matter to us.
4. Healthy families, children and youth. We are committed to supporting and nurturing families and children.
5. Connection. We value connecting people to Christ and one another.
6. Caring Servants. Following the example of Christ we are called to spend our lives in humble service to others.
7. Spiritual Growth. The church is committed to developing passionate, fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
8. Authentic Relationships. We are committed to developing genuine relationships with others by extending the grace, peace and compassion of Christ to all.
9. Transforming Worship. We value worship that helps people experience God and encourages them to let God transform their lives.
10. Prayer as a priority. Prayer is the key to unleash the power and presence of God in our lives and in the ministry of the church.
The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners.
A social creed was adopted by The Methodist Episcopal Church (North) in 1908. Within the next decade similar statements were adopted by The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and by The Methodist Protestant Church. The Evangelical United Brethren Church adopted a statement of social principles in 1946 at the time of the uniting of the United Brethren and The Evangelical Church. In 1972, four years after the uniting in 1968 of The Methodist Church and The Evangelical United Brethren Church, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a new statement of Social Principles, which was revised in 1976 (and by each successive General Conference).
The Social Principles are a prayerful and thoughtful effort on the part of the General Conference to speak to the human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation as historically demonstrated in United Methodist traditions. They are a call to faithfulness and are intended to be instructive and persuasive in the best of the prophetic spirit; however, they are not church law. The Social Principles are a call to all members of The United Methodist Church to a prayerful, studied dialogue of faith and practice. (See ¶ 509.)