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Our Mission and Hope

Bluefield First United Methodist Church exists to create deeply committed disciples for Jesus Christ right here in our community.  We invite all who are hungering for spiritual truth to come worship, learn, and serve with us here at 200 South College Avenue.  We form our lives around the life and message of Jesus Christ, who we believe is the Son of God, and who came and lived and taught among real human beings in ancient Israel, and who suffered persecution, was crucified, and died.  We joyfully believe this same Jesus rose from death and ascended to heaven.  We look for his return to bring the Kingdom of God to all the world.  

Our Leadership and Affiliation

We receive our pastors from the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, men and women who are committed Christian people who have responded to a deep sense of God's calling on their lives and who have been prepared through classes, work experience, and prayer to lead congregations.  They are appointed by the area bishop, whose office is in Alcoa, Tennessee, near Knoxville, and overseen by the district superintendent whose headquarters is in Tazewell, Virginia.  A pastor's unique calling is to teach and preach the Word of God, administer the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion, and lead the life of the church. 

Our "Method" (We ARE Methodists, you know)

We believe that following Jesus Christ starts with hearing about him.  We invite you to begin your faith journey with reading the Holy Bible, and listening to the teaching of our pastor or lay teachers in the church.  When you feel you are ready to commit to becoming a disciple, we invite you to speak with the pastor and find out how to celebrate that commitment.  We believe all disciples need to grow in their knowledge and their love for God, so we invite you to continue that journey in a small group or class meeting where you will be able to find more knowledge, ask questions (we believe there is no question that is unworthy of being asked), and interact with others who are in various stages of faith development.  We believe your growth will lead you to a desire to serve in some way to show others the love of God that you have received.  

Marks of a Methodist

The first Methodists were members of the Church of England who met together to help each other become better followers of Jesus Christ.  They were led by a man named John Wesley, whose passion for following Christ led to a revival of faith that enhanced how people related their love for Christ with their love for their neighbor, or as Wesley said, "holiness of heart and life."  Here are some ways Methodists are known in the Christian world today:

The people of the United Methodist Church

  • Help people in their community
  • Accept you for who you are
  • Offer a place to belong
  • Care for and support each other
  • Show respect for other religions
  • Support people facing difficulty
  • Welcome diverse opinions and beliefs
  • Guide others to find deeper meaning