The witness ministries of the church shall give attention to developing and strengthening evangelistic efforts of sharing of personal and congregational stories of Christian experience, faith, and service; communications; Lay Servant Ministries; and other means that give expressions of witness for Jesus Christ. - ¶ 252 2.c) The Book of Discipline of the UMC
At St. Paul United Methodist Church, every member is a minister, called to do his/her best to recognize and take advantage of everyday opportunities to share his/her faith and to be an example of Christian living. The Witness Ministry of St. Paul empowers the congregation to witness in their daily lives through contagious Christianity. We also seek to reach out and invite people to attend church activities and worship at St. Paul through advertisements, social media communications, and personal invitation.
Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God’s grace. This incredible grace flows from God’s great love for us. Did you have to memorize John 3:16 in Sunday school when you were a child? There was a good reason. This one verse summarizes the gospel: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV) The ability to call to mind God’s love and God’s gift of Jesus Christ is a rich resource for theology and faith.” - (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/our-wesleyan-heritage)
For John Wesley, there was no religion but social religion, no holiness but social holiness. In other words, faith always includes a social dimension. One cannot be a solitary Christian. As we grow in faith through our participation in the church community, we are also nourished and equipped for mission and service to the world. - (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/our-wesleyan-heritage)
“From Wesley’s time to the present, Methodism has sought to be both a nurturing community and a servant community. Members of Methodist Societies and class meetings met for personal nurture through giving to the poor, visiting the imprisoned, and working for justice and peace in the community. They sought not only to receive the fullness of God’s grace for themselves; but...they saw themselves as existing ‘to reform the nation...and to spread scriptural holiness over the land.’” - (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/our-wesleyan-heritage - Excerpted from “Who Are We? Doctrine, Ministry, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church, Revised Leader’s Guide,” Kenneth L. Carder (Cokesbury, 2001), p. 46. Used by permission.)
As disciples of Jesus Christ, our witness is an integrated part of everything we do and say. It is the prayer of the St. Paul Witness Ministry Team that we can all make witness a part of our worship, our service, and our lives.