Mission, Vision & Core Values

Who We Are: We are a seaside fellowship of people from many different walks of life who are discovering life’s meaning through a transforming relationship with Jesus. As members of God’s family, we have become His disciples—learning to live like Jesus and receiving power from His Spirit—so we can joyfully love those around us and do our Father’s will on earth as it is in heaven. We gather for worship, study, support and fun. We are a member-church of the globally-connected United Methodist Church. 


If you are looking for a warm and friendly church home, we invite you to join us for either our modern early worship service or our traditional worship service every Sunday.

Our Mission is simple...

Our Mission: To show Christ real and relevant to the world.

Our Vision: To be a spiritually vibrant church that welcomes all people, prepares followers of Christ and serves our community.

Our Core Values:

  • God’s love and God’s grace through the person of Jesus Christ is central to everything we do.
  • All people matter to God and therefore to us.
  • The church is a place of spiritual connection and belonging where people find healing.
  • People grow in small groups. We believe the Holy Spirit teaches, equips and empowers people.
  • We value connections to our community.
  • Devoted believers of Christ are expected to live a life of accountability, forgiveness, generosity, integrity, service and thankfulness.


July 10th Webinar: How to be an Anti-Racist

Opportunity for Study, Conversation
 
Bishop Ken Carter and Dr. Sharon Austin will co-host a webinar on July 10 at 11:00. All are invited to participate in a study of Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist. We recognize that a number of small groups across the conference are also reading this book, which will be foundational to the Bishop’s Task Force. We invite you to participate and share your own learnings.  
 
You may register at the following link:
 

 
In addition, Bishop Carter and Dr. Austin will host a Concord Conversation on the journey toward racial justice on July 19 at 4:00 p.m. in Lakeland. The setting is outdoors. Please wear a mask. All are invited. Note: should the pandemic increase in severity, this gathering is subject to change.


The Peace of the Lord,
 
+Ken Carter
Bishop, Florida Conference
The United Methodist Church

 


Cabinet Statement in Response to Racial Injustice

Dear Laity and Clergy of the Florida Annual Conference:


Below you will find a statement from our cabinet. We realize it has been eleven days since the death of George Floyd. We have responded on social media and in clergy meetings and we felt like a more formal statement was important at this time. We also commend the statement of the SEJ College of Bishops, which was released today. We know you will find ways to address this in worship and you may choose to use these statements in some way. 


To our Black clergy colleagues, we see you, we hear you and we stand with you at this time. We are asking our White clergy to fully engage with this. We are working on actionable steps including training in the fall and the creation of an Anti-Racism Task Force. If you have input to this work, please communicate at this time with Alex Shanks at ashanks@flumc.org. You can also find a list of resources for this work here.


The Peace of the Lord,

The Cabinet of the Florida Annual Conference

Cabinet Statement in Response to Racial Injustice


From the Cabinet of the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church


We join in the outrage expressed by multiple groups and leaders within our connection. The outrage is not only over the death of George Floyd (and countless others) but over the way in which systemic racism and white supremacy are embedded in the history of our nation and of our church. This act of violence was perpetrated at the hands of those charged with protecting citizens and maintaining the peace. Racism is not new. White supremacy, xenophobia, and white privilege are interwoven within our social, political, and religious structures. Racism is a sin and is blatantly incompatible with Christian teaching.


As Jesus' people we begin with the knowledge that all persons are created in the image of God. We believe all lives won’t matter until black lives matter.


We seek to name the injustices within the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church and work toward healing and unity. We acknowledge our complicity and our collective need to develop greater self-awareness. We repent of our individual and collective sins of omission and commission, particularly our silence and when we have not actively worked for racial justice.


We commit to listening. We commit to peace with justice. We commit to the urgency of educating ourselves. We commit to change. We commit to further training of our clergy and resourcing local churches in order to create heart transformation for all Florida United Methodists. We encourage Florida United Methodists to work toward eliminating obstacles to voting. We ask people to move towards one another and build new relationships.

We join you in prayer with a commitment to build a future with hope. The truth of this statement will be made known as we witness these words put into action.

Resources on Race for the People of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

From Florida Resident Bishop, Ken Carter's Blog: 


The Florida Conference is on a journey in response to racism which is extended over decades. We want you to know of the following resources. 


Some are examples of sermons in local churches, some public statements after acts of violence. Some represent the work of groups, others are the reflections of individuals. Some of the documents record annual conference actions related to Black Lives Matter and Mass Incarceration. Some of the resources point to the work of our connectional church.


We have included a brief collection of books, which can help a disciple of Jesus Christ to become more acquainted with the history and implications of racism.

It is a beginning.


SEE THE Full message and the Resource Collection Here: https://www.flumc.org/blogdetail/resources-on-race-for-the-people-of-the-florida-conference-of-the-united-methodist-church-14018196