Our Mission

We are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  

What that means for us:

Growing in Faith Together

Growing in faith is something that is best done together, in community. We need people to stretch us, to help us see what we otherwise wouldn’t see, and to challenge us to become more of what God always intended for us to be. We work hard to create opportunities for people to challenge each other, serve together, and build relationships that will help them grow in faith and live lives of love.

As a part of this, we believe that families should have experiences of worshiping and growing in faith together. Too many churches hide teenagers and children away during worship. But we believe that children only learn to worship by worshiping – we believe that shared experiences help give children the foundation they will need to claim faith for themselves when they get older. Therefore, we do our best to maximize opportunities for children to participate in worship, while also creating space for them to learn God’s story in ways that fit their particular learning styles.

Our Church Exists for the World around Us

We believe that the lives of our neighbors should be better because we are Christians. Virginia Beach should be a better place to live because our church is here. We believe in building up our community, improving the lives of our neighbors, and sharing God’s love with others through words and actions. God has called the church to be a gift to the rest of the world, and so we seek to indiscriminately bless our community. We don’t care if you’re a Christian, a person of some other faith, or a person of no faith at all – we are here to make your life better, and we are going to try to do that however we can.

Our Foundational Beliefs

We are a Christian church, and so we believe in the ancient faith that has been handed down to us from the days of the first disciples of Jesus. Our foundational beliefs are best summarized in the Apostles’ Creed – a statement of faith that has been used by Christians around the world and across denominations for almost two thousand years. That statement says:

We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [universal] church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

We also believe that this statement is something that we believe together, which means that not all of us have to believe every word of it all the time in order to be part of the church. When your faith falters and you can’t believe every line of this creed, the church gets to believe it with you and for you – to pray for you, support you, and show you how to believe in this stuff until you can figure out how to believe it for yourself. Faith is a journey we take together, and sometimes each of us needs a helping hand to keep going. We are proud of and committed to these beliefs, and you will hear us proclaiming them and talking about them, but we are also willing to question them, wrestle with them, and examine them. We believe that God is strong enough and reliable enough to handle even our toughest questions and even our biggest doubts.

Whoever You are, and Whatever You Believe, You are Welcome Here

Francis Asbury UMC is a community of people who are moving towards Jesus. Some of us have been on this journey to Jesus for our whole lives, and some of us are just taking our first steps. Some of us are already very close to Jesus, and some of us feel pretty far away. Some of us are beginning our journey towards Jesus from one side, and some of us are beginning our journey from the other side. But, as long as you are seeking Jesus – or even if you just think that you might be interested in starting that journey of seeking Jesus – then Francis Asbury UMC is a place for you. You will find people from a variety of political perspectives, with a variety of different experiences of church and spirituality, and with a variety of opinions about how Christian faith should look in everyday life. But, we are all moving towards Jesus and growing in faith together. This is a safe place to struggle with faith, to ask hard questions, and to discover who God is and who God wants you to become.

A United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church is the spiritual descendant of a spiritual renewal movement founded in 18th Century England by Rev. John Wesley. Wesley challenged Christians to come alive in faith – to practice “not just the form” of religion (the outward rituals), but “the power” of faith. He particularly challenged his followers to pray more, to give their money to the poor, to work for justice, to seek to grow closer to God, to spend time caring for each other, and to put God’s love into action. At our best, the United Methodist Church retains that passionate commitment to living lives of holiness each day.

The United Methodist Church is one of the few truly global Christian denominations, with Christians from the United States and people from around the globe making decisions together about issues of theology, care for the poor and suffering, how to spend our money, and how to put our faith into action. The global nature of our denomination enables amazing global partnership: we can make a real difference because there are United Methodists on the ground in many places of real need, and churches can cross borders to transform lives – fighting disease, feeding starving children, helping create opportunities for work and development, learning from our global neighbors, and more.

The United Methodist Church is also a big tent. We span the globe, we span theological and political perspectives, and we somehow find a way to be united by our faith in Jesus even in the midst of all of our many differences. In a world of division, our diversity as a church is something worth celebrating!

For more about the United Methodist Church, you can check out

http://www.umc.org/who-we-are.

 

THE FRANCIS ASBURY UMC VISION

We are called to be a Beacon of Hope to our community by Belonging, Believing, and Becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.
 
Belonging – Worshiping to celebrate Jesus Christ and openly invite others to God’s love.
 
Believing – Studying the Scriptures to provide spiritual Light and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
 
Becoming –Serving others to reflect our hope in Jesus Christ to our community and world.
 
 
Christ has asked us to become disciples and to follow him. This is a clear and a powerful statement. This statement charges each one of us to become closer to Christ in every way. It also commits our Church Body to reach out to others and invite them to experience Christ at FAUMC. The mission speaks to our continued need to grow the Church with active Disciples.
 
 
The primary principle of the vision of FAUMC is centered on Belonging (Worshiping), Believing (Education), and Becoming (Outreach) Disciples of Jesus Christ. The goal of the Vision is to elevate these elements of the Church so it becomes an exciting Beacon of Hope to the members and others in the community. We are called by God to act, to go and make Disciples. To serve; to minister to our neighbors; to be Christ’s Disciples; to hear the word of God; to reach out to others. A Beacon of Hope to our community commits our Church to the highest level of outreach to the community. Our church is being called to share God’s love to our community in ways that are relevant to the needs of everyday life. It is our vision that FAUMC provides a beacon to all in our community of God’s transforming love.
 
Belonging: Worshipping to celebrate Jesus Christ and openly invite others to experience God’s love is a core value that is paramount to our Church. Openly inviting others to experience God’s love. God wants us to love and accept all people. Our Vision is to be known as an “open and inviting Church” that provides an exciting approach to delivering God’s love.
 
Believing: Studying the Scripture includes the entire range of education for children, youth and adults. Providing opportunities to study the Bible together is critical to the growth of our Church. To provide spiritual light is to commit to quality education that enhances the Biblical and theological development of FAUMC is the meaning behind this portion of the vision. Growing as a disciples of Jesus Christ further supports the Vision of the Church.
 
Becoming: Serving others to reflect our hope in Jesus to our community and the world. This portion of the vision embraces all forms of outreach that encourage serving others. It includes an absolute commitment for outreach by our Church for a wide range of exciting ministries of outreach that are both local and global. Expanding the Children and youth ministries is a clear part of this mission. God has called us to reach out to others who are not in the church to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We are a church that is proud of its purpose and shares it with others.