The Mission of the United Methodist Church


Why does the church exist? According to Matthew’s Gospel, the risen Christ made it clear: “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” (28:19-20).

Based on this “Great Commission,” our United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs”

The mission of our congregation is to make disciples. This is a four-fold task….We could abbreviate our mission as one of welcoming-worshiping-nurturing-sending.

We have a direct responsibility for people of the “world” around our church, the community in which we and others study, work, shop, play, and so forth. In this world are people with many hurts, doubts, and questions. There are some who are new in the community and feel a little lost, some who are proudly self-sufficient, and others who are in desperate circumstances. Our mission is to reach out to them, listen to them, accept them, share the gospel in word and deed, invite them into the family of faith, and joyfully receive all who will respond.

Our Staff

Rev. Rick Pinkston, Pastor  Email   Pastor’s Blog:  A Somewhat Orderly Account

Rev. Rick Pinkston, Pastor Email

Pastor’s Blog: A Somewhat Orderly Account

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bolivar First United Methodist Church 
218 West Market Street 
Bolivar, TN 38008 
731-658-5114 (office)

Other Staff
Dawn Cody, Office Admin. Email        Paul Hickey, Facilities Manager
Richard McAnulty, Director of Music

Lay Leadership
Joe Cole, Treasurer
Boyette Denton, Staff Parish Chairperson
Gem Mitchell, Finance Chairperson
Jerry Wilhite, Lay Leader
Debbie DeBerry, Trustees Co-Chairperson
Harold Wilhite, Trustees Co-Chairperson Frank Wilhite, Administrative Council Chair

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