MISSION & VALUES

OUR MISSION

Partnering with God to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth by making disciples of Jesus Christ.

We were put on Earth to be in relationship with God and with others. Alamo Heights UMC exists to help you with these two fundamental relationships. I hope you will find encouragement, love, and support as you walk with God and live with others.

David McNitzky, Senior Pastor

STARS

OUR CORE VALUES


We are all children of God. The love of our divine parent is unconditional and free. We are God’s delight and the joy of God’s heart. We receive the invitation to live freely as daughters and sons partnering with God in bringing restoration. We rest, we belong, we follow.

Genesis 2  •  The Book of Ruth  •  Matthew 3:13-17  •  Matthew 7:7-11  •  Luke 11:9-13  •  Luke 15:11-32


There is a story of God in the ancient Text of the scriptures. Our story finds meaning in God’s Story. The way we wrestle with the Bible matters. Context, community dialogue, and the loving application of the Text inform our journey.

Genesis 32 • Deuteronomy 6:4-9 • Psalm 119 • Matthew 5-7 • John 5:39-40 • 2 Timothy 3:16


As beloved children of God we have an invitation and responsibility to love, serve, and honor all of creation. We have a role to play in compassionately putting the broken pieces of the world and our lives back together. As we live into our role in every moment and interaction, we are transformed.

Genesis 12  •  Leviticus 19:18  •  Micah 6:8  •  Luke 10:25-27  •  Matthew 25:31-45


We cannot do life alone. God is relationship and we come from God. We live within community—we need it and it needs us.

Genesis 1:26  •  Ruth 1:16-17 •  Matthew 3:13-17  •  John 17:20-23  •  1 Corinthians 12:12-26


Our story and our experience tells us there is something about God that is as close to us as our very breath and yet as mysterious and dynamic as the wind. We call that the Spirit of God and we believe that it fuels, guides, and unites all existence.

Genesis 1-2  •  Genesis 8:1  •  Exodus 12:21; 31:1-11  •  Ezekiel 37:1-14  •  Matthew 3:13-17  •  John 14:26


WHAT DOES OUR LOGO MEAN?

Our logo tells a story. 

 

The cross symbol is comprised of an inner and outer cross, and its design is imbued with rich, intentional symbolism that works together to recall and rehearse our mission while energizing our journey with Jesus the Christ:

 

The outer cross reminds us that our story is rooted in the Text of the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, John, and Luke—and sent out on our four-fold journey of Spirit and transformation.

 

These four equal-sided arms, reaching outward as a blessing to the world, remind us of our mission: Partnering with God to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth by making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our community’s love reaches into the margins with hope and reconciling Action to love, serve, and honor all of creation.

 

The inner cross represents our community.  Here we see a golden-colored menorah, whose rugged olive-branch base is grafted into whole, simultaneously representing our adoption as Sons and Daughters of God but also depicting the baptismal choice we make to live in Relationship—resting, studying, playing, and serving within community.

 

 Completing the rustic inner cross are three nails, representing both the Triune godhead and the work of the incarnation.

Exodus 25:31-40 • 1 Samuel 3:1-3 • Psalm 119:105,130 • John 15:1-8 • Romans 11:17-24 • Revelation 1:9-20


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE?

 

The United Methodist Church is a 12.6-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds, and open doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.