- You woke up today. Seriously, you don’t need a complex “life-changing” or well thought out reason. If you’re curious – come check us out. Just make sure you talk to people who are a part of Moundford – because they’re one of our best features.
- You’re Stressed. Welcome to the club. We haven’t cornered the market on being able to avoid stress, but we serve a God who invites us to bring our burdens and exchange them for His Heart. Jesus says, “Come to me you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…”(Matthew 11:28-29)
- You’re Anxious. See # 2. 🙂
- You Feel Lonely At Times. We’ve been created and wired for connection. Not just “Social Media Connections”, and not just “Sitting by Each Other at Church Once A Week” connections. Just as we serve a Triune God who exists in intimate relationship – we are called to live together and share a vulnerable existence. Doing this not only helps us to “feel” connected, but by the Holy Spirit enables us to shine with the Love of Christ in a world that needs to see relationships done well. We have classes, small groups, and have new connections outside of our worship services being offered on a regular basis.
- You Crave Authenticity. We are unpolished people serving a Holy God. We have made mistakes, and we are still being transformed by His Love. We don’t have the best coffee in town, and we sometimes sing off-key. But we Love, and we aim to Love well as we worship in Spirit and in Truth. Not just when we gather for service, but every day as we endeavor to live by the empowering Spirit of Jesus Christ in our communities. (John 4:23)
- You Aren’t Sure What To Do. Whether this is a “big picture” season of questioning, or an immediate need – we believe that seeking First the things of God and His Kingdom can help everything else find its’ place. (Matthew 6:33) Your life purpose, or that present decision, don’t need to weigh you down. Come find a community of believers who are working to trust in the Love of God and follow His guidance in decisions & priorities.
- You Need A Family. Maybe you’re single, from out of town, and/or you have children who need a loving community to be a part of. Parenting, or living a single life can both be enriched by becoming involved with the surrogate family offered by a local body of believers. We have plenty of grandparents, aunts/uncles, brothers and sisters, and even a few weird second cousins who would love to connect.
- You’re Limited. Maybe you’ve recently discovered you’re human in a new way. A mistake was made, you feel trapped/addicted, or decisions from your past have come back. Perhaps you’ve lost a job, or a loved one. Something has happened, and you’ve found yourself unable to find healing/freedom on your own efforts. Most of us have been there, or are there. We believe there’s incredible freedom in Jesus Christ, and the loving grace we’ve been offered. We believe that as someone finds their life in Christ, they become a New Creation – everything old has passed away and ALL things have become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- You’re Unsatisfied. Our world thrives on keeping people “amused”. But “muse” means to think, and “a-” makes it negative – and so “a-muse” means to “not think”. In a culture that thrives on people not thinking, most of us end up pausing for a moment and questioning the way things are. Our world defines success in specific ways, and those who achieve such measurements often report still feeling like something is missing. The “Free Methodist Church” is a movement that was founded on several key freedoms. Some are more recognized today, such as “Freedom from Slavery”, and “Freedom from Paying for Pews For Worship”. But others are still necessary for us to proclaim, like “Freedom from Racial/Cultural Injustice” & “Freedom From the Trappings of Wealth”. When we allow God to redefine what success looks like, we retain our ability to think AND enjoy a life satisfaction of being content in any and every situation. (Philippians 4:12)
- You Want to be Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself. Moundford Free Methodist Church is a movement that seeks to join with God’s activity to proclaim and establish the Kingdom of God and the loving ways of Jesus here in the Decatur area since 1880. We’re connected to the global Free Methodist Church, and specifically support active mission efforts in the Philippines, Greece, Taiwan, and many other places in Asia & Africa. We have a food pantry that serves hundreds of hungry homes from our community on a weekly basis. We are working toward offering low-cost immigration legal aid, to help those seeking citizenship understand and navigate the system legally. We reach out to prisons, anti-human-trafficking efforts, as hospital/school volunteers, & visit sick/homebound. We have hundreds of attenders, each embodying their own “ministry” of the local church, reaching out in their neighborhoods, workplaces, families, and communities in just as many ways.
If you find yourself connecting with any of the above, or would like more information, please give us a call/email or stop by for a visit with one of our pastors today!
If you enjoy a bit of “tongue-in-cheek” humor, check out these reasons we’d like to offer for why you might NOT want to visit Moundford…
Top Reasons to NOT Visit our church:
- You’re a long-time attender at another church & discovered something you don’t like. Whether worship style, new pastor, new Bible version, new parking lot, or the latest potluck recipe flop – stick with your family if possible. Community is long-term, and multi-generational. That means there will be seasons, and possibly even generations where things aren’t quite what you’d pick out. But you don’t switch family reunions because the other family is playing a cooler game. (Although you might invite them to teach you.)
- You’re completely comfortable w/your life right now, & want everything to stay the way it is. Certainly ANY church can turn into a social club, where we pat each other on the back and go home each week with a smile on our face. But here at Moundford we value transformation, and we invite our people to live missionally in ways that might make you and your “comfort” more vulnerable.
- You’re perfect. Are you sure? Well, we have a Savior already, and aren’t in need of another. (Although you might still want to try and come…there’s a good chance you’ve been misinformed.)
- You want people to see your new _______. Whether it’s a hairstyle, new car, or giant gold-plated belt-buckle; it might be better to post a picture on social media and let your mom “Like” it. We advocate humility and “freedom from the trappings of wealth”. So whether humility looks like a suit and tie (servant), or blue jeans (simplicity), we invite you to come before God with a humble heart.
- You want to be a part of a community where everyone is like you. Sadly, the visual diversity of congregations does often seem homogeneous. But the heart of Jesus stirs a desire within us to reach out across all socioeconomic and culture/racial barriers to build loving community and share life together. We hope to continue looking more and more like the diversity found in a global body of believers.
- You’re hoping to move up within a pyramid. We understand the current economy has all sorts of opportunities popping up for investment. Although we certainly welcome anyone here at Moundford, we’d rather “building your financial network” not be your foundational motivation for connecting with us. From another angle, the head of our church is not the local pastor or head of the board – it’s Jesus. We seek His Spirit together, and guidance comes as we are accountable to each other, the greater conference, and our Free Methodist denomination.
- You want a church population big enough to hide in. It can be tempting to try and follow Jesus and attend worship one day, and fade quietly away all week/month. Sure, it’s possible to attempt, but you’re missing out on so much. Connect in relationship through a class or small group. We are not formed by attending and consuming a worship service – but by including the means of Grace found in living together as worshiping vulnerable community.
- You’re looking for something 100% new. We believe in Revelation 21:5, God says “Behold I am making all things new!” not “Behold, I am making all new things!” We have roots in this community going back to 1880, and understandings of scripture, mission, and God that go back thousands of years. Even as God continues to do new things in and through us, we will always be connected to that “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) and the ways God has been active for a long time already.
- For the freshly made Mexican cuisine. Okay, so this one’s just for fun. But if you haven’t yet, do yourself a favor and visit “Taqueria La Perlita” near 22nd and Eldorado. That’s some good Mexican food right there. Tell Maria we sent you. (Although sidenote: Our potlucks have been known to feature some of Decatur’s finest fresh Chinese food.)
- You’re Trying to Escape God. We are a community of God’s children who believe the Word became flesh in Jesus Christ, and revealed the powerful Love of God that seeks us out no matter where we are, and no matter how broken or undeserving we think we might be. When we gather for worship, it is this God we seek and encounter. This Love offers to flood our time together, and does not stay contained in our services. We invite this Spirit to empower us throughout our week, which involves reaching out to others – but also an inward transformation of our hearts as we open ourselves to His Love. So even though it’s not a great place to come if you’re trying to avoid God – now might be a good time for you to recognize – God is with you already in this moment. You cannot make His Love turn away from desiring to be with you.
(If you’ve made it this far into reading, I hope you’ve been stirred. If you’d like to talk more, or for someone to pray with/for you, I hope you’ll connect. Visit, call, or e-mail!)