We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is not a building or a particular denomination but comprised of people who believe in Jesus Christ. In the words of the Apostle Paul, the church is the body of Christ. The church is the physical presence of Christ in the world. As believers we chose to organize ourselves into a group of people known as United Methodists. Above all our aim is to do God’s will. We believe God has called the Brookville United Methodist Church to the following:
We are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. What is a United Methodist?
United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion.
Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith.
Methodists have open hearts, and open minds–and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.
If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call 765-647-5265 and ask to speak to our pastor or e-mail us.
To build a Christian community where religious, non-religious, and nominally religious people can become deeply committed Christians.
Changing lives, transforming communities and renewing the church.
Knowing, loving and serving God.
The following five broad areas of ministry constitute the primary means of accomplishing our purpose and vision. They are the historic elements of the church’s mission: Worship, Evangelism, Service, Discipleship and Fellowship.
Our first aim is to glorify God in worship; our second is to introduce people to Jesus Christ through evangelism; our third is to help persons of all ages to become deeply committed Christians through ministries of discipleship; our fourth is to build caring relationships and foster mutual ministry among the church family through authentic Christian fellowship; and finally, we aim to train, equip, inspire and mobilize members to live out their faith as salt and light outside the walls of the church through ministries of service.
It is our desire to honor God through our work on His behalf. To that end, we will do His work with the qualities we most value: integrity, grace, excellence, relevance, authenticity, passion, humility, faith, inclusively, commitment, joy and love.
We recognize that certain actions could impede our ability to achieve God’s purpose and vision for this church. We will not: pursue ministry which is contrary to its purpose; fail to seek to be good stewards of its financial and non-financial resources; do anything in opposition to the spirit and intent of the United Methodist Book of Discipline; stray from biblical principles and scriptures.
The Brookville United Methodist Church began in 1816, about the time Indiana became a state. The church has grown in size and has outgrown several church buildings. Our present house of worship was built in 1888 and a large addition was added in 1924. Our story is about ministering to people and our longevity is a testimony of our members commitment to faith and the mission of this church.
We continue the vision of our founders by being actively involved in our community, transforming lives, and sharing our faith with others throughout the world. We stand in awe of the amazing ways God has used our church in the past 196 years to accomplish more than we ever could have imagined. We invite you to join us on this incredible journey of knowing, loving and serving God.