- Every person is separated from God because of sin.
- God has always sought to form a close relationship with people.
- God has reached out to people in a personal way by sending his son, Jesus Christ.
- God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ is available to every person.
- New life in Christ calls a person to live in a Christ-like way.
Proverbs 29:18 – We believe when the people have no vision, they perish.
Patty Smith is a Licensed Local Pastor, having completed a Five Year Course of Study at St. Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City, MO. She participates each year in continuing education. Pastor Patty is married to retired UMC pastor Jim Smith. Between the two, they have seven children and 10 grandchildren. Patty and Jim have had the pleasure of serving God together for 13 years.
Pastor Patty bases her ministry on Jesus command to “go into the world and preach the Good News to all nations.” (Mark 16:15) Jesus’ words “to go” are at the heart of her desire to share the Gospel with the community and the world through teaching, preaching and mission and outreach. She has a heart for those who are struggling in the world and for those who do not know that God loves them. She encourages those she serves to follow Jesus words to “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
We have an outward focus at the El Dorado Springs United Methodist Church. We believe everyone is a vital part of this ministry and encourage all to participate in worship, the study of God’s Word and reaching out in hands on mission. We believe that Jesus came to “seek and save the lost” and we believe that is our mission as well. Proclaiming the Gospel is the driving force of this ministry.
Safe Sanctuary Policy
The United Methodist Church of El Dorado Springs is fully committed to the protection of children and youth, (including at risk adults) given to our care, according to Matthew 18:5-6.
We believe God has sent children to us and that we are accountable to Him as well as to civil authorities for the well being of those children.
Therefore, it is the policy of this church that all persons working with children, youth (and at risk adults), be Safe Sanctuary trained and certified. It is also the policy of this church that all those working with children and youth adhere to the Safe Sanctuary policies of this church. This policy will be made available to all staff and volunteers.
Because abuse can occur in many forms such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse, it is necessary that our staff and volunteers be trained to recognize such abuse. When evidence of abuse is detected or reported, it will be the policy of this church to take the proper steps according to our Safe Sanctuary guidelines.