ABOUT: OUR FIVE FREEDOMS
From the very beginning, the denomination we belong to has been championing the word: freedom. There are five essential freedoms that define us as Free Methodists. They are born out of our commitment to equality and our belief in the freedom that Christ gives to all. We call this a theology of love.
We are propelled by God’s love for all of us equally, so this is how we believe people should be treated. These are the principles that our practices have stood on since our founding and continue to impact our daily life.
FREEDOM of All People
The Freedom of all people, regardless of ethnicity, to worship and live together. The Free Methodist Church has been abolitionists and fighting against the sin of racism since it was founded in 1860. Recognizing that every person is created in the image of God, we work diligently to bring all people together into multicultural congregations, conferences, and Christian communities. We are imperfect and have not yet achieved the fullness of this value, yet this only compels us to work even harder for justice for all.
FREEDOM of the Holy Spirit
The Freedom of the Holy Spirit in worship. The Free Methodist Church gives freedom to each local congregation to follow the Spirit’s leading on how they worship. Some Free Methodist Churches worship in a more liturgical style, while others worship in a more charismatic style like you will find at CCF.
FREEDOM of Women
The Freedom of women to participate fully in the life, ministry and governance of the church as called and gifted by God. The Free Methodist Church ordains women to serve in all levels of leadership within the denomination and teaches equality in marriage. We have a long tradition of equal opportunity, and believe that God calls and gifts both genders to serve His church.
FREEDOM of the Poor
The Freedom of the poor to be treated with dignity in the church and in the world. The Free Methodist Church ended the practice of requiring the poor to sit in the “free pews” at the back of the sanctuary and made all pews “free.” This commitment to leave socio-economic distinctions and prejudices outside of the church doors, and invite all people into a community of love and acceptance is an ongoing commitment of our church.
FREEDOM of the Laity
The Freedom of the laity to be given authority and decision-making positions within the church. The Free Methodist Church ended the clergy domination of the church and opened up a consistent partnership with clergy and laity working together to do God’s work. This elevation of laity to use their spiritual gifts alongside those given pastoral gifts enriches all aspects of life in the church and protects against institutional abuse.