Transforming lives, churches, and
communities through the hope and
holiness of Jesus Christ.
The Wesleyan Church cares about the inspiration of Scripture, the centrality of the cross, the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and the call to change the world. We have an optimistic view of grace, where the grace of God meets our sin and in the end grace is all that is left standing. This life is possible for all believers through the experience of both the forgiveness of sins and the filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The name "Wesleyan" is in honor of John Wesley, a priest in the Church of England who was the inspiration and founder of the Methodist movement. Wesley was an outstanding Oxford scholar, yet regarded himself as "a man of one book," the Bible. It was while studying the Bible that he received assurance of his own salvation through faith. It was the Bible which motivated his vision for offering Christ to the common people of England in a way that led to that nation's greatest spiritual revival. It was biblical truth that inspired Wesley to develop a school for orphans, job programs, and medical assistance for the poor, efforts to reform inhumane prisons, and arguments for the abolition of slavery, a great evil of his time. Confidence in the Bible as "the only and sufficient rule for Christian faith and practice" (to use Wesley's own words) is still a hallmark of The Wesleyan Church today.
. . . be made new in the attitude of your minds; and . . . put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
EPH 4:23-24 NIV
Wesleyans believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life. We believe that those who are made new in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord's Spirit. We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ. We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.