The Mission

We are a Global Methodist Church congregation with the mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ who worship passionately, love extravagantly, and witness boldly. The mission of the church never changes. It is the mission that Jesus Himself gave for the church before He ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father.

The Vision

The vision of the church is the means by which the Holy Spirit intends to bring about the mission through that particular body of believers. The vision that the Holy Spirit has given The Garden Churches is “Plant, Grow, Send.”

At The Garden Churches we believe that it all begins with a seed. The seed is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The good news that Christ has come to bring salvation to sinners, (and all of us are sinners), and through that salvation the means to a lasting, eternal relationship with God the Father, that begins in this life and continues throughout eternity.

“Plant, Grow, Send,” is the process of that seed germinating and growing. The Planting takes place in our hearts, minds and spirits by the work of the Holy Spirit through the life of someone who plants it. Planting is also about becoming rooted in a body of believers who are on the journey to grow together as disciples of Jesus.

Then the process of Growing begins. Growing happens within the community of the church, through teaching, preaching, worship, and prayer. Growing is the function of discipleship; that we would all grow up into the fullness of Christ.

We are sent when the fruit of the Spirit and testimony of Christ’s love for us have so filled us that we begin to plant seeds in the lives of people around us. We become the people that the Holy Spirit uses to plant seeds in the lives of people.

The process then begins in the life of someone else by taking the time to come alongside them, either over coffee, at lunch, in the breakroom, wherever it is convenient, and helping them to find their way into and through the scriptures. Helping those folks learn to hear His voice. Helping them to walk with the Holy Spirit, and to embrace the love of their heavenly Father.

The Journey

All of us are on the same journey of maturing as disciples of Jesus. We move from exploring Christ, to growing in Christ, to close to Christ, to Christ centered.

To pursue this journey We are committed to three themes in our pursuit of living our life following Jesus: be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did. Seven habits come from these themes that we equip and support each other in developing: worship, hospitality, spiritual practices, community, service, generosity, and multiply.