We are St. James UMC
Two campus, but one purpose. We’re here to deliver God’s word and message of salvation and peace, while serving the community. Learn more.
St. James’ mission is to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
This is what we strive to do as a people called St. James United Methodist Church.
Connecting people with God in practical ways.
This is a short and concise reminder of what we are all about.
Connecting people with God though exciting worship, compassionate outreach and authentic faith development.
This is how we will live out our mandate of connecting people with God.
Memberships / Affiliations:
United Methodist Church, Methodist Minister’s Fellowship, Black Methodist for Church Renewal.
We began on December 30th 1956. The neighborhoods of Kansas City were experiencing rapid change. Families were fleeing to the suburbs as African-American families moved in. Ministering to the new families presented a special challenge to the Methodist Episcopal Churches, which even today remains a predominately white denomination. Kansas City had two well-established Black Methodist Episcopal Church, however, the opportunity to expand the inclusiveness was not to be overlooked. Under the direction of Bishop Matthew W. Clair, an "inner city" parish was established at 26th and Cleveland. One spirit-filled week later, 52 recruits and their families held service on Sunday morning, January 6, 1957, under the pastoral leadership of Reverend J. C. Jackson. more >>
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We describe God in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13
- We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
- We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
- We believe that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.
- We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
- We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.
- We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. (Christ and messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
- We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
- We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
The Holy Spirit
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.