Mission and Ministry of Evan UMC
The people of the Evangelical United Methodist Church are called to be passionate disciples engaged in the community to accomplish God’s will. We do this by sharing the excitement of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to make disciples and transform our community.
At Evan UMC, we are active in the life of the church and community. This is displayed through our Core Values which are:
- FAITH | Growing closer to God through Jesus Christ.
- FELLOWSHIP | Nurturing one another through sharing God’s love and caring for each other.
- SMALL GROUPS | Intentionally developing disciples by learning and growing together in Christian faith.
- OUTREACH | Sharing the love God has placed in our hearts by serving our neighbors.
- COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN & YOUTH | Demonstrating that youth are an important part of the church and creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and appealing to them.
- RELAVANCY | Continually evaluating our Ministries to insure they remain timely and dynamic, responding to a cultural change in the community.
A brief History of the UNITED Methodist Church
Church terminology can be confusing, even for those who regularly attend a United Methodist Church. For example there are paraments, sacristy, narthex, agape, intinction, antiphon, doxology, or the really obscure: transubstantiation or diphysitism.
There is even the most important term of all, “Christian.” Did you know that the term Christian was first mentioned in Acts 11:26 and literally translates to mean “little Christ.” It is interpreted to mean a follower of Christ, the Son of God, who went to the cross to bear the sins of the world. Because of His sacrifice, a hole was smashed in death so we could spend eternity in heaven.
Another term is also used by Christians, and that term is Evangelical. The descriptive word Evangelical’s name and meaning is wide and far reaching. Evangelical comes from the greek word: euangelion which means good news, or gospel. In its most basic usage, to be an Evangelical just means you think it is a good idea to share the word of God with others to help them get to heaven. But for some, they choose to use to word to mean Protestants who are conservative in their political beliefs.
At Evan UMC, we take a different route. Calling ourselves Evangelical is not a political statement, but an historic one.
On April 23, 1968, Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, of The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke, of The Methodist Church, joined hands at the General Conference in Dallas, Texas. They declared “Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church.”
A new denomination was born and a new logo was created to represent this coming together. A traditional symbol—the cross—was linked with a single flame with dual tongues of fire. This ties The United Methodist Church to God through Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame). Most church members know that the symbol is a sign that “this is a place where United Methodists gather.”
The new moniker is a merger of the names of the mostly German Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church.
That newly formed United Methodist Church became one of the largest Protestant churches in the world with 12.4 million members today. And the cross and flame logo created in 1968 still represents that body, a body united in the goal to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.
So, knowing your history, The Evangelical United Methodist Church of Washington, Illinois is honoring the past and certainly not a political statement. In the United Methodist Church, we firmly believe that Jesus died for all of our Sins, that no one gets to the Master but through His Son, and our doors will always be open as will our hearts and our minds.
If you haven’t visited us, consider this your invitation. We have a seat waiting for you.