Our Beliefs and Values


Our Beliefs and Values

We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is, the living body of Christ. The church is called to be the physical presence of Christ in the world. Our goal is to teach and live out the love and truth of Jesus Christ to the best of our ability.

Our Beliefs

At the Canandaigua First United Methodist Church, we are Christians who are excited to be a part of the United Methodist Church

What is a United Methodist?

United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. We are the home to both President Bush and Senator Dole, as well as President Clinton’s family when he was in the White House. Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation. Several of the first public schools, universities, and hospitals were started by Methodists. Syracuse University is one of several colleges and universities in the area founded by Methodists.

United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion for all people.

Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith.

Methodists have open hearts, open doors, and open minds. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about the Christian faith.
If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call us at 394-5335 and ask to speak to our pastor or e-mail us.

1. Our Purpose

To build a Christian community where all people, religious, non-religious, and nominally religious people are offered practical and inspiring biblical teaching to help them grow as committed followers of Jesus Christ.

2. Our Vision

We are excited to have the opportunity to:

  • Improve Lives,
  • Transform our Community, and continually
  • Renew our Church to meet the needs of each new generation.

3. Our Strategies

The following five broad areas of ministry constitute the primary means of accomplishing our purpose and vision.

  • Passionate Worship
  • Radical Hospitality
  • Intentional Faith Development
  • Risk Taking Missions
  • Extravagant Generosity

Our first aim is to glorify God with worship that is passionate and inspiring. Our second is to introduce people to Jesus Christ through Radical Hospitality/Evangelism; Our third is to help persons of all ages to become deeply committed Christians through ministries of Intentional Faith Development/Discipleship; Our fourth is to build caring relationships and to train, equip, inspire and mobilize members to live out their faith as salt and light outside the walls of the church through ministries of service; Our fifth is to help people grow as Joyful Stewards of God’s Blessings – through Extravagant Generosity.

4. Our Values

It is our desire to honor God through our work on His behalf. To that end, we will do His work with the qualities we most value: *Integrity, *Grace, *Excellence, *Relevance, *Authenticity, *Passion, *Humility, *Faith, *Inclusivity, *Commitment, *Joy and most of all *Jesus’ Love!

5. Our Limitations

We recognize that certain actions could impede our ability to achieve God’s purpose and vision for this church.
We therefore resolve and state that the Canandaigua First United Methodist Church shall:

  • Pursue ministry which is in keeping with its purpose;
  • Always be good stewards of its financial and non-financial resources
  • Honor the spirit and intent of the United Methodist Book of Discipline;
  • Follow biblical principles and scriptures;
  • Continually seek and discern God’s vision for Canandaigua First United Methodist Church for each generation.