mission & Vision

mission vision first methodist church cedar falls iowa

Our Mission

The mission of First United Methodist Church of Cedar Falls is making new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The reason First UMC of Cedar Falls exists is to make new disciples and transform our world.  Our working definition for a disciple is a follower of Jesus the Christ whose life is centering on loving God and loving others.

 Our Vision

Love first, let’s Gather, Grow, Go…Together.

First UMC of Cedar Falls is a community of people committed to living out love first and extending ministry to make that love real to others.

 Our Strategy

The First UMC of Cedar Falls is becoming a congregation of people who:

  • Gather people to experience life-changing worship.

  • Grow by equipping disciples primarily through small group ministries.

  • Go serve in love and extend hospitality as servant leaders to transform the world.

 These strategies are the ways that we move toward our vision and accomplish our mission. 

 Our Core Values

  • Christ-Centered: Focused on the life, words, way, and Spirit of Jesus proclaimed in the New Testament. 

  • Biblically-rooted: Encourages spiritually-alive, faithful study of the Bible using tools of devotion and scholarship that are appropriate to a diverse body of people. 

  • Welcome-focused: First UMC is a diverse community welcoming persons of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, family configurations, economic abilities, and mental and physical capacities.

  • Warm-hearted: A joyful, loving, laughing congregation that experiences the grace of God in Jesus Christ in personal and positive ways. 

  • Open-minded: A place where people search, think, question, and honestly express their growing experience of the faith in an accepting and affirming atmosphere. 

  • Mission-directed: Continuing the strong sense of mission which has been part of our identity, both in terms of mission to the city and mission in the world.  

  • Connection-committed: As part of The United Methodist Church, we see ourselves as a leader/supporter of the global ministries in which we share.

These values define who we are and how we participate in community together.

First UMC is committed to gathering, growing and going together in love. As we live into our core values the Holy Spirit will fulfill our mission of making new disciples that transform the world.