The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the good news of Godís grace and thus seeking the fulfillment of Godís reign and realm in the world. The fulfillment of Godís reign and realm in the world is the vision Scripture holds before us.
Jesusí words in Matthew 28:19-20 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."
This mission is our grace-filled response to the Reign of God in the world announced by Jesus. Godís grace is active everywhere, at all times, carrying out this purpose as revealed in the Bible. It is expressed in Godís 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 Jesusí mandate to make disciples of all peoples.
From The 1996 Book of Discipline. Copyright ©1996 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.