Highland Park United Methodist Church believes that our deepest problems can only be addressed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A purpose statement for our church comes from Ephesians 4:12: “to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”
We want to intentionally equip people for ministry both inside and outside the church.
A critical part of that purpose is to train pastors and laity to be effective gospel leaders in the 21st century
Leadership is about influence.
Our church is blessed with a significant amount of potential influence, and our goal is to leverage it to the best of our abilities.
By enabling leaders, we best spread the Gospel and we best live as a growing community of deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
And how better to achieve our goals than by intentionally focusing on forming and shaping leaders to help us influence our city and our world for Christ.
We choose to focus our efforts on training pastors, forming leaders, and planting churches through models of faithful leadership in a secular world.
We want to train Christian leaders for excellence in the business and professional worlds, in education, in philanthropy and non-profit work, and in all arenas in which people work.
We want to plant new churches to carry leadership beyond our existing circles of influence.
By focusing on leaders, we focus on empowering all those in our congregation to witness and work in an increasingly post-Christian culture, on empowering those in our congregation, as deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ, to be a part of transforming the world.