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Our vision

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Our Current Vision & Mission

United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd



A community of people, with increasing love for God, for each other,

and for all of God’s Creation, spreading the Kingdom of God.

Rationale for the Vision

Jesus left us with two major commands: The Great Commandment and The Great Commission.

The Great Commandment is “He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’”… “And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37, 39, 40, NRSV)

The Great Commission is, “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,”

(Matthew 28:19, NRSV)




Recount, Invite, Care, Equip

Rationale for the Mission

In keeping with the Vision Statement, the Great Commandment and the Great Commission we will:

  • Recount our life stories and how Jesus has made our lives better to those we encounter.       
  • Invite those we meet everywhere, to come share in events and worship in church.
  • Care for those who are in need in the immediate community and world-wide.</span>
  • Equip disciples for recounting, inviting, and caring.</span>

Desert Southwest Strategic Direction: The Desert Southwest Conference will empower leaders

who create vital congregations. We will accomplish this through the priorities contained in

our Strategic Direction.

1.      New Church Communities

2.      Leadership Develop

3.      Transformational Worship


UMC Mission Statement: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World.


UMC Church of the Good Shepherd’s Vision Statement supports the UMC Mission Statement because making disciples is spreading the Kingdom of God on earth. With the continued Vision of increasing love for God and for each other and for all of God’s Creation, Good Shepherd is nurturing disciples into being more like God.

UMC Church of the Good Shepherd’s Mission Statement supports the UMC Mission Statement in the first three words (Recount, Invite, Care) by telling our stories, inviting others to events and caring for those in need. The fourth word (Equip), like the Vision Statement, nurtures disciples, once identified, so that they grow and are transformed to be more like God.




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