Altoona United Methodist Church602 5th Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009
Mission: We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is, in the words of the Apostle Paul, the body of Christ. The church is to be the physical presence of Christ in the world. As such, our primary aim is to do Gods will. We believe God has called Altoona United Methodist Church to the following: Purpose: To build a Christian community where non religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. Vision: To transform lives, to transform our community and to renew the mainline church. Strategies: The following five broad areas of ministry constitute the primary means of accomplishing our purpose and vision. They are the historic elements of the churchs 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. Values: 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, inclusive, commitment, joy and love. Limitations: We recognize that certain actions could impede our ability to achieve God's purpose and vision for this church. We therefore resolve and state that the Altoona United Methodist Church shall 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, stop discerning God's vision for Altoona United Methodist Church.