Our Mission at Tyro UMC: Be Disciples, Make Disciples, Make a Difference!
Be Disciples: When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was, he responded: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.” Being a disciple means being completely devoted to God with all that we are and through everything we do. It is a deep desire to know God, be one with God, and to worship God.
Make Disciples: We strive to teach members and guests how to be disciples of Christ through study, worship, fellowship, and prayer. We nurture people in the Christian faith and help them practice the disciplines of discipleship so they may go beyond our church walls to minister to others.
Make a Difference: It is not enough to only follow and believe in God; we must strive to make a difference in our community and throughout the world. We must love our neighbors, both near and far, as ourselves. We believe in ministering about Christ to our neighbors, inviting people to church, and helping those in need through outreach and missions programs.
What does it mean to be United Methodist?
As United Methodists, we are called to:
Open our hearts to love and care for all people;
Open our minds to learn all we can about God’s love and explore new ideas, fresh perspectives, and thoughtful dialogue;
Open our doors so that we may both welcome the stranger and go out to love and serve the world.
We Believe in:
God’s Grace – the undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence. Through grace, God summons us to repentance, pardons us, claims us as new people in Christ, and gives us hope of life eternal. In spite of suffering, violence, and evil, we assert that God’s grace is present everywhere. Despite our brokenness, we remain people created by a just and merciful God. God’s grace and human activity work together in faith and good works. While faith is the only response essential for salvation, salvation shows itself in good works. Personal salvation always involves service to the world. We believe that Jesus calls us to put our love into action. The United Methodist Church reaches out to establish peace and justice in the world through many ministries.
A Triune God –Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in God’s self-revelation as three distinct but inseparable parts. We believe in one true, holy, and living God who is creator, sovereign, and preserver of all things visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love. God rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of all people.
We believe that we best know and understand God in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the source and measure of all valid Christian teaching. We believe in the mystery of salvation in and through the redeeming love of God found in the teachings of Jesus, his death and resurrection, and promised return.
We believe that God’s love is realized by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in our personal lives and in the church. The Holy Spirit is a constant presence in our lives, by which we find strength and help in time of need. The Spirit comforts, sustains, and empowers us.
The Universal Church: With other Christians, we declare the essential oneness of the church in Christ Jesus. We affirm our unity with other Christian communities as we confess one holy, universal, and apostolic church. As a sign of our unity, we welcome persons baptized in and members of other Christian communions.
The Sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. Both are initiated by Jesus Christ as symbols and pledges of God’s love for us. Entrance into the church is acknowledged in baptism and may include persons of all ages. Baptism is followed by nurture and in the growing awareness of the baptized of Christ’s claim upon their lives. Persons baptized as infants and children accept baptismal promises in Confirmation. We baptize persons by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion.
We believe Holy Communion is a memorial of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ and a symbol of the union Christians have with Christ and with one another. All persons – saints and sinners, children and adults, members and guests – are welcome at our Savior’s table.