PCUMC Core Values
- KNOW (Christ) – our daily purpose is to introduce people to Jesus Christ as Savior;
- GROW (to love Christ) – our ongoing vision is to have everyone in our body actively growing in their relationship with Christ;
- GO (to serve Christ) – our unwavering mission is to send people out to serve Christ.
I. Creating a church family of Passionate Worshipers II. KNOWing Extending Radical Hospitality to the Charlotte County Community III. GROWing Persons in Christ through Intentional Discipling IV. GOing Out into the community disciples as Salty Servants V. Sharing ourselves with Extravagant GenerosityI. Creating a church family of Passionate Worshipers Our worship tells the world how we feel about God. Christ calls us to gather in celebration of Him as a church family of passionate worshipers. We are Jesus’ disciples who gather because of what God has done and is doing in us and in the world. We gather in trust and with gratitude. We gather in openness and obedience. We worship through praise, prayer, the shared Word, and the Sacraments. We don’t have a prescribed style of worship. Our acts of worship are an expression of our love for Christ. The elements of our services, how we share the Word, how we celebrate Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, the style of music that we share, the space in which we gather, these are all reflections of the passion of our worship of God, not reflections of us. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us and not we ourselves, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100) II. KNOWing – Extending Radical Hospitality to the Charlotte County Community As followers of Jesus, who gladly welcomed children, tax collectors, lepers, prostitutes, and sinners of all sorts into his fellowship, we want to do the same. “Just as you do it to one of the least of these, you do it to me.” (Matthew 25:40) Radical Hospitality reflects our desire to invite, welcome, receive and care for those who are strangers, so that they find a spiritual home at Port Charlotte UMC, and discover for themselves the blessing of relationship with and through Jesus Christ. Radical Hospitality describes a real love for others who have yet to become a part of the faith community. Hospitality is a mark of Christian discipleship, a quality of Christian community, a visible expression of our commitment to grow in Christ-likeness by seeing ourselves as part of Christ’s community of faith. “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) Radical Hospitality isn’t measured by the church’s signage, the cleanliness of its facilities, the proximity of the Welcome Center, or the size of the smiles on the Greeters. Hospitality is measured by a congregation’s heart toward those outside their membership. III. GROWing – Persons in Christ through Intentional Discipling Every person who has a relationship within the body of Christ has the opportunity to be a growing disciple of Jesus Christ. From a biblical scholar to the uninformed searcher, we are all somewhere on the journey of faith that only sees its destination in eternity. We believe that Christ is caught more than taught. People need personal mentoring, coaching, guiding and encouraging by others who are seeking to follow Jesus. This journey doesn’t simply occur; it takes a level of intentionality, organization, and commitment. “-go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Intentional Discipleship is the commitment we make to discovering the ways that would work best for each person in our church family to become mature followers of Jesus Christ. This ongoing process enables people to grow in forgiving and serving others, in living a God- honoring life-style, in walking with God through difficult times, in having Godly balance in their lives. IV. GOing – Out into the community as Salty Servants “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13) Salty Service makes a difference in people’s lives – both those being served and those serving. It makes us more “doers and not hearers only” (James 1.27). Salty Service connects the lives of disciples with the ongoing work of Jesus Christ in the world. Salty Service makes the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus visible and tangible to the world that we live in. Salty Service strives to make clear the answer to the question, “If PCUMC disappeared from the corner of Quesada and Viscaya, would the community miss it?” United Methodist theologian Albert Outler once said, “The world hears the Gospel when it sees it.” We are committed to helping people GO as “God’s people for works of service” (Ephesians 4:12) We never want our church family to be “a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (I Corinthians 13:1) We want to always be listening for the call of Christ “to feed and clothe, visit and house them?” (Matthew 25:31-46) How is Christ calling us to bless our Charlotte County community and the world, in order to earn the right to be heard when we speak about His love? V. Sharing ourselves with Extravagant Generosity “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” (1 Timothy 6:18) John Wesley shared a threefold plan for godly stewardship: 1) make all you can by working hard at an honest and honorable trade; 2) save all you can, never squandering money; and 3) give all you can by supporting your immediate family, the household of faith and then to all who are in need. PCUMC is committed to sharing ourselves with extravagant generosity. We want to follow Jesus’ example of a good steward, who knowing that all we have comes from God, trusting God to sustain our needs and finding ourselves free to pour ourselves out in generosity to God, even to the point of the cross. We want to help people form a plan for living that enables them to resist the temptation of always reaching for the next thing, in hopes of finding meaning for their lives.