It is the mission of First United Methodist Church to embrace and extend God’s grace while passionately growing servant leaders.
That sounds great, right? But what does it mean? How does that actually look? What can we personally do to help our church family achieve that mission?
For us as a church family, living out this mission requires each of us to personally:

  • CONNECT on a personal level with others through small groups
  • GROW through taking responsibility for our own discipleship
  • SERVE others through local and global missions and
  • LEAD others to connect, grow, serve and lead

By really focusing on these areas as individuals and as a church family, we know we can live into our mission and truly embrace grace, extend grace, grow into and help others grow into the servant leaders God wants us to be.

Take a look at the areas below. Think and pray about where you can be involved in each area.

connectbannerFor as long as there have been followers of Jesus, they have been gathering together and belonging one to another in a dynamic way. It is our desire that everyone involved in First United Methodist Church, Shreveport would belong to a close knit group for the purposes of a deeper and more vibrant life.Check out firstshreveport.org/smallgroups to sign up for a small group today!Contact Erik Rasmussen at (318)424-7771 or erasmussen@fumcshreveport.org to find out more.growbanner copyWe seek to live lives of significance in the world for the glory of God. It is our goal to provide everyone with the spiritual tools needed to grow and strengthen their relationship with Christ, coming together as a community of believers and reaching out to those in need.If you are interested in taking your discipleship journey personally, check out firstdiscipleship.org. You will find resources and tools to guide you along the way.servebannerFirst UMC is seeking to build lasting missional partnerships locally and globally. Our hope is that all involved in First United Methodist Church would learn and grow as they serve alongside our partners in ministry.Opportunities are available constantly to serve locally and globally! For global opportunities, take a look at firstserves.org/globalmissions or email Ashley Goad at agoad@fumcshreveport.org.
For local opportunities check out firstserves.org/localmissions or email Michelle Osborn at mosborn@fumcshreveport.org.leadbannerPart of the mission of First UMC is to grow servant leaders, equipping them to lead through service in our church and community. We know when this happens, the possibilities for impacting families, businesses, churches and cities around the globe are endless.Everyone can be a servant leader. What separates servant leaders from those who aren’t? Action! You just have to take the initiative. Jump in. See a need around the church? Fill it. See a need in the community? Fill it.
If you know of an area in the church where you would like to lead, contact someone on staff and they will walk you through the logistics.
Take this Spiritual Gifts Assessment or purchase the one Rev. Derek Joyce recommends to see where you’re suited to lead.