What We Believe


We share the following basic affirmations with all Christian denominations:

  • We experience the trinity of God as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer
  • We affirm the divinity of Jesus Christ and his life, death and resurrection
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us
  • We believe that human beings are created in the image of God
  • We understand the church as the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today
  • We believe the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice
  • We celebrate the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion 


The United Methodist Church is an 12.6-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world. As United Methodists, we emphasize not only believing, but also living out those beliefs—putting our faith and love into action.

At First United Methodist Church of Arlington, we put our faith into action through our ongoing mission projects.

Because of God’s love for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service. Our faith always includes a social dimension. Our love of God is always linked to love of neighbor and to a passionate commitment to seeking out justice and renewal in the world.


The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which disciple-making occurs.

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A note from pastor chris

As we enter 2020 here at First UMC Arlington, I want to celebrate the ways in which our congregation is striving to make loving God and loving neighbor our first and highest priority. In our world, our country, and in the United Methodist denomination, there are all kinds of things that beg for our attention and often seem to divide us and create exclusion rather than keeping our focus on the all-encompassing and unconditional love of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that First UMC Arlington has been and will continue to be a place of love and acceptance that strives for God’s vision and hopes for our life and world, rather than on our own beliefs or opinions.

We believe in and are thankful for a diverse and beautiful array of God-given differences in each child of God. We strive to always make room at every table for anyone who needs to connect with God or who desires to connect with us and our community. For me, this seems to be at the heart of loving God and loving neighbor, because it is the same way that God unconditionally loves each of us and makes room at God’s table for all. No matter what we hear in the news or in our world this coming year, thank you for being a congregation that values Jesus’ call to love God and love neighbor above everything else. It’s going to be a great year!

-Pastor Chris