Ministry Philosophy

Urban Ministries

Our Vision

  • We seek to lead our congregation in serving the poor and needy of Dallas.
  • We seek to change the lives of the poor and needy of Dallas through spiritual, physical, and social assistance.
  • We seek to change the lives of our congregation trusting God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to change ourselves into believers who are aware of and sensitive to the spiritual, physical and social needs of the poor and needy of Dallas.

Our Values

We are covenantal

Historically, God has always worked through covenants with His creatures. The dynamics of living in covenant with God always involved the benevolence of God, the requirement of human loyalty and consequences for human loyalty and disloyalty. God’s covenant with Abraham, in Genesis 12:2-3, is foundational to our Faith and was fulfilled in the Person and work of Christ Jesus. Through Christ alone, this covenant is richly attended with both spiritual and physical blessings to all ethnicities for all times. As the visible Body of Christ, God’s people have been summoned and enabled to be a blessing to all mankind and to reflect the glory of God.

We are incarnational

God has been faithfully present among His people, especially in the coming of Christ Jesus to earth. As a localized body of Christ, we are called to be faithfully present in the city, and seek the welfare of and minister to the needs of others in the city where God has planted us (Jeremiah 29:7, Nehemiah). Whereas Jesus Christ came not to be served but to serve, the follower of Christ does not serve as an activity but serves out of a Christ-like orientation. This service is carried out by our physical presence and participation as a living sacrifice of obedience to Christ (Romans 12:1-2).

We are transformational

We want our members to understand that all human beings are made in the image of God, and that they all have gifts to contribute, and are called to be productive stewards of God’s creation. We also want our members to lay down any god-complex and believe that they are images of God, and thus not God. We want to encourage our members to use their gifts and abilities in the city of Dallas for sharing, not control, and that they are to lead as servants, not as masters.

Ultimately, we seek to encourage our members to grow in their knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and experience the fullness of His blessings by growing in ministering to others (Psalm 41, James 1, I Timothy 6:17-19). We also pray that our ministry will be attended by the Holy Spirit who will use us as his instruments of change in the lives of those to whom we minister. In this exchange, we pray that both the participant and recipient will be changed by the work of Christ, through the Holy Spirit.

We prayerfully seek God’s will for the city

Scripture reminds us of the spiritual opposition to God’s kingdom expansion. To this end, UM believes that there are hosts of spiritual strongholds all over the city where the Lord has called PCPC to serve. Even though Christ Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil, (1 John 3:8), Jesus made it a practice to regularly withdraw to pray. UM wants to lead God’s people at PCPC in emulating our Savior and the Head of the Church in this regard.

Jesus then taught His disciples to pray, and as the Body of Christ, we see prayer as the vital breath of every Christian. Paul exhorts God’s people to pray “at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints”, (Ephesians 6:18-19).

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” — Alfred Tennyson