Because we are “catholic in spirit,” we are connectional locally, nationally, globally and interdenominationally.
Because we are “orthodox Protestant Christians” with an appreciation for tradition, reason and experience, our worship is warm (spontaneous) but ordered (employing the Scriptures and the sacraments), balancing the holiness (transcendence) and the love (immanence) of God.
A passion for evangelism
Because we are “evangelical” with a love for all people, we have a passion for evangelism. Methodists are innovative and flexible in the adaptation of evangelistic methods.
A passion for Jesus that results in personal holiness
Because we love Jesus passionately, we believe in sanctification and are passionate about personal holiness. “Justification gives us the right to go to heaven while holiness alone makes us fit for heaven.” (Victor Shepherd explaining Wesley.)
A passion for social holiness and justice for all
Because we believe in “eschatalogical responsibility,” Methodists experience anguish at ever increasing affluence (and the concomitant spiritual deterioration and unwillingness to make sacrifices for others) and are committed to actually helping as salt and light in the world.
A passion to learn and to know God
Because we believe that God can be known intimately in a personal relationship, we are keen to know Him and to understand what He created and His interaction with His creation.
Ministry of the laity
The clergy is respected but Methodists insist that every Christian is God’s minister, gifted by the Holy Spirit to serve.
These are necessary for encouragement, correction, and edification in order that a person can make progress in spiritual maturity.