Thank you for visiting our Missions site!  We are glad you are here and are curious about serving Jesus by putting your faith into action!  Below, you will get to know us better through our Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Core Values, Operating Principles, and Organizational Teams.

Mission Statement: To be the loving hands and feet of Jesus to our world

John 14:12, "I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father."

Although our Mission Statement – our purpose - is a fairly common phrase in our community of faith, it was selected because of its depth and power in describing why the Missions Program exists.  We are to be disciples – followers - agents - of Jesus’ love for us and the world and to share that love with everyone at all times through healing, teaching and efforts of relief.  Our Wesleyan heritage reminds us that our Christian lives are formed around works of piety and works of mercy. It is in the call to works of mercy that we find our call to mission, to serving those who are disadvantaged, oppressed, imprisoned, struck by terror or natural disasters, those who are hungry or without a home or without a means to education.

We are to be in relationship with those we seek to help.  So, “loving” is used early in our Mission Statement to emphasize its importance in the work we do.  “Hands” signifies that we will share Jesus’ love through action and deeds.  We will get our hands dirty in whatever way God asks of us.  That said, our work is not about projects and “doing” things “for” people, but to be in relation with the people we serve and to share God’s love with them.  “Feet” means that we will go wherever we are called to go to help others and share Jesus’ love.  There are no boundaries either in physical location or cause.  It could be our neighbor or a child halfway around the world.  We are not to let boundaries (many self-imposed) stand in our way of doing Jesus’ work.  Of course, “Jesus” is the most important element in our Mission Statement and is the basis for all we do.  To be his loving hands and feet we must trust in Him, ask for guidance, open our hearts to His calling and, then, not be afraid to do what He calls us to do.  Finally, “to our world” is a further emphasis on going wherever we are called to go.  Every place on this precious planet of ours is just as deserving as any other place for receiving and sharing Jesus’ love through mission and action.

Vision Statement: Give hope, love, comfort and relief

A vision statement describes the clear and inspirational long-term desired change we expect to achieve by executing our mission statement successfully.  Simply put, our vision is to provide those we serve with hope, love, comfort and relief by experiencing the grace of Jesus Christ through our words and deeds.

Core Values

The following core values are fundamental beliefs of our ministry and are guiding principles that have an active influence on our behavior and actions.  They help us stay on the right path to fulfill our mission and vision.

  • Discipleship through service
  • Inviting people to discover their mission
  • Nurture spiritual growth and transformation
  • Understand the underlying cause of the needs of people we serve

Operating Principles

The following operating principles are important expectations for anyone involved in missions and outreach in order to support our core values and fulfill our mission and vision.  We are:

  • To be a humble servant
  • To remember we are guests when onsite
  • To be an ambassador of Christ as well as West Heights UMC
  • To respect a person’s culture
  • To build relationships with the people we serve
  • To do no harm
  • To be flexible, patient, humble, empathetic and compassionate

Organizational Teams

Below is a brief description of the teams that comprise the Missions Program.  Inside each, there are many ways to put people's talents and skills to work.

Missions Leadership Team: This is the main governing body that meets monthly.  The responsibilities of this team are:

  • Mission, vision, strategy and tactics
  • Mission education and mission support
  • Review and approval of mission event opportunities
  • Budget management (revenue and expenditure approval)
  • Annual missions planning
  • Data gathering and reporting

Missions Response and Recovery Team: This team is responsible for serving our neighbors with immediate needs, including Early Response (ERT), Long Term Recovery and Handyman (general home maintenance and repair).  The responsibilities of this team are:

  • Research and discovery of mission event opportunities
  • Evaluation of opportunities regarding fit, timing, availability of leadership, etc.
  • Presentation of opportunities to the Missions Leadership Team for approval
  • Assisting Mission Event Leaders with planning and execution of approved Mission Events

Missions WHolistic* Team: This team is responsible for addressing social issues and community development around education, nutrition, health, housing, and homelessness and ministry.  These can be described as serving basic human needs, social needs and human rights and to promote human welfare.  The responsibilities of this team are:

  • Research and discovery of mission event opportunities
  • Evaluation of opportunities regarding fit, timing, availability of leadership, etc.
  • Presentation of opportunities to the Missions Leadership Team for approval
  • Assisting Mission Event Leaders with planning and execution of approved Mission Events

* WH stands for "West Heights"

Mission Event Team: Each mission opportunity approved by the Missions Leadership Team is planned and executed by a small team consisting of a Mission Event Leader and a backup leader (in the event the leader is unable to serve).  This team makes the mission event happen.  They are responsible for the planning and execution of the mission event but can seek guidance or assistance from anyone that can help fulfill the needs of the event.