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

Dr. Angela Harris, Pastor Email

Dr. Angela Harris, Pastor Email

Dawn Cody, Office Administrator Email

Dawn Cody, Office Administrator Email

Amanda Hartmann Westmoreland,  Youth Director  Email

Amanda Hartmann Westmoreland, 
Youth Director  Email

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
Paul Hickey, Facilities Manager
Christy Wilhite, Pianist

Lay Leadership
Joe Cole, Treasurer
Jeff Baker, Staff Parish
Gem Mitchell, Finance Chairperson
LeAnne Shelton, Lay Leader
Bob Vickers, Trustees Chairperson
Chris Zaller, Administrative Council

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