We believe that living a life inspired by God’s love compels us to offer help, hope, and healing to those looking for more meaning in their lives.
We believe God’s grace is available to all people, no matter what.
We believe in welcoming others into our lives, but also in taking action outside the walls of the church to serve our neighbors, next door and around the world.
Mission & Vision
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. At North Bend UMC we accomplish this mission through love and relationships developed in the Village of North Bend, Cleves, and neighboring communities.
We are a historic church in a small village. We’ve always been a village church. We recognize that our greatest strength in our family environment. Other churches may say “we aren’t your grandma’s church,” but we say we ARE your grandma’s church… because grandma’s house is a place where many find unconditional love!
This mission statement closely resembles the Great Commission given by Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 16:19. For a more full understanding of this mission statement, here is a closer look at what 3 important elements of this statement mean:
Jesus lived on earth about 2000 years ago. Jesus was a person in every sense that we are. He was tempted. He ate, slept, cried and even got angry. Jesus is God’s picture of what it means to be a mature human being. We also believe in Jesus as God’s special child. We call this the Incarnation, meaning that God was in the world in the actual person of Jesus of Nazareth.
Perhaps best of all, we believe in Jesus as Savior, as the one through whom God has freed us of our sin and has given us the gift of whole life, eternal life, and salvation. We speak of this gift as the atonement, our “at-oneness” or reconciliation with God.
Jesus is God’s picture of what it means to be a mature human being.
A disciple is a follower. Jesus has been represented many different ways in our world today, but our mission is to introduce people to the true person and character of Jesus and help them grow as followers. Jesus gives us a couple of important pictures of what we look like when we are His disciples:
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” <John 8:31-32>
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” <John 13:34-35>
The church, in its general form, is the community of all past, present and future disciples of Jesus. This general church spans all traditional Christian denominations as we think of them today (ie. Baptist, Catholic, United Methodist, etc).
North Bend UMC is a local church that affiliates with the United Methodist Church. We believe that local churches are a primary place for people to connect and grow together in relationships with Jesus Christ.
Beliefs of the United Methodist Church
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:
Find out more at umc.org.