So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary lives—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around lives—and place them before God as an offering.
Romans 12:1 (Message)
Who We Are
The Offerings Community seeks to take that encouragement from Romans 12 seriously. As a community, we seek to lay our lives before God as a collective offering – a living sacrifice. We are one of three distinct worshipping communities that make up First United Methodist Church in Lexington, KY.
What We Do
We believe the Church exists to spread scriptural holiness throughout the land. We’re devoted to doing that through intentional discipleship and by creating new places for new disciples.
We believe discipleship leads to people becoming pastors or apostles – people who serve and lead in the church and the world. That doesn’t mean we expect everyone to become a church staff member or missionary. It doesn’t mean we believe everyone should go to seminary or be ordained. It does mean we think everyone is created to be used by God in ministry – whether that be teaching, or providing pastoral care for others, or sharing the gospel with new people, or starting a new faith community.
In everything we do, you’ll see that. We believe a number of people are gifted to lead in worship, so you’ll see a number of people giving leadership in our weekly worship. The leaders of our catechesis groups are all serving as pastors in our community, and one of the goals of those groups is to develop more pastors. In our service in the world, we assume that a number of people are gifted to lead us in witness to a lost world and outreach to a broken world.
- Unity – We believe Christian unity is developed as we encourage one another, celebrate with one another, mourn with one another and serve one another with the gifts that the Spirit gives us and through the exercise of pastoral care, accountability and discipline.
- Holiness – We believe God makes us holy through the various means of grace including the Scriptures, communion, prayer, worship and the practices of simplicity and generosity.
- Mission – We believe God compels and empowers us in outreach (compassion, justice and advocacy) and witness (evangelism and church planting).