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Our Mission & Vision
The mission of the Church is...
"to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.
Rationale for Our Mission
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God's grace and by exemplifying Jesus' command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world. The fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world is the vision Scripture holds before us. The United Methodist Church affirms that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Lord of all. As we make disciples, we respect persons of all religious faiths and we defend religious freedom for all persons. Jesus' words in Matthew provide the Church with our mission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you" (28:19-20), and "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. . . . And you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (22:37, 39).
This mission is our grace-filled response to the Reign of God in the world announced by Jesus. God's grace is active everywhere, at all times, carrying out this purpose as revealed in the Bible. It is expressed in God's covenant with Abraham and Sarah, in the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, and in the ministry of the prophets. It is fully embodied in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is experienced in the ongoing creation of a new people by the Holy Spirit.
John Wesley, Phillip Otterbein, Jacob Albright, and our other spiritual forebears understood this mission in this way. Whenever United Methodism has had a clear sense of mission, God has used our Church to save persons, heal relationships, transform social structures, and spread scriptural holiness, thereby changing the world. In order to be truly alive, we embrace Jesus' mandate to love God and to love our neighbor and to make disciples of all peoples.
In 2014, Fair Haven UMC began a prayerful journey to hear God's call to us in a fresh way. It was a part of the 2014 Vibrant Church Initiative. A small, dedicated group of Fair Haven members became involved in a discernment process. It included fervent prayer, bible study, reading, and prayer walks through the community we serve in the name of Christ. Our vision: "Believe * Love * Serve" emerged out of that time of reflection and prayer. Following approval by Fair Haven's Administrative Council, it became our vision, a benchmark to help us define the direction of our ministries in the name of Jesus Christ... now and in the years ahead.
The Boat and Wave Image
The development of the boat and wave image harks back to 2002. After months of prayerful thought and work, the logo was developed to attempt to convey the meaning of the name Fair Haven. It was accepted at that time, and then affirmed and revised 2014 to reflect our new vision: Believe * Love * Serve. Just what is there about the boat, the sail, the mast, and the wave... that is intended to invite followers of Jesus to jump in the boat?