Our Vision, Beliefs & Methods
Connecting people with Jesus and each other so they become deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ
Shepherd of the Hills is a practical church. We do not believe that it is our job to “hold up” here waiting for God to do something. We are a church that believes deeply that God IS doing something and that “something” happens through us when we come together. That something may be teaching our children about Jesus Christ, building homes in Mexico, leading in worship or volunteering at our local community service center.
This is a church of doing, not just believing. Our vision is all about connecting this world with the saving message of love in Jesus Christ and sending people out to change the world in Jesus’ Name.
Shepherd of the Hills is a United Methodist Church. Often we speak about the church as simply “Shepherd” or “Shepherd of the Hills”, but we honor our heritage as United Methodists. Methodists began somewhat as an accident. Our founder, John Wesley, who was an Anglican Priest (Church of England), sparked a movement over two hundred years ago. That movement quickly grew into its own “brand” of followers of Jesus.
Methodists, since the days of John Wesley, have been concerned with personal and social holiness. We believe in a God who speaks in scripture, tradition, experience and reason. We believe that living in a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ is the most effective way for us to connect God and experience salvation. We believe that all Christian faith has to be practiced. There can be no separation of what we believe (doctrine) from what we do (practice). We also believe that it is our mission to bring God’s grace into the broken systems of this world. Whether it be poverty, famine, violence or injustice, we have the responsibility as God’s people to combat that which ails the world with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Since we are called “Methodists”, there must be a method to how we do church. We do “church” in a very focused way which we believe leads people to a life-transforming experience with Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Gather – We hope to gather people at Shepherd of the Hills from a variety of backgrounds, ages, cultures and races. We do this because God’s world is filled with wonderfully diverse people. Our fellowship gatherings, worship and other activities are geared to invite and welcome people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
Grow – The point of being a church is not realized by simply gathering people. We offer classes, groups, studies and experiences for ALL AGES to help EVERYONE grow their faith and depth of experiencing God. Everything must be growing! Part of our church’s job is to help people grow into the person God is calling themto be.
Give – Shepherd of the Hills is a practical church. That means we must make a practical difference in the world in which we live. Whether it be at school, work or play, we have a responsibility to give as God has given to us. Serving is not an option. We serve through service projects, missions, outreach and other vital means of giving that witness to God’s great love.