Five Practices

Our vision, "A growing body of Christ, glorifying God and serving others" represents not only our past and present but our future hope for every member of Providence, and for the communities we serve, as we become more externally focused.  As leaders of Providence United Methodist Church, we hope to create, with God's help, a practical framework and a common language as we move towards this Vision.

The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, authored by Bishop Robert Schnase, contains meaningful, specific methods for the development of Christian community, faith, and service. 

The practices are:

  • Intentional Faith Development
  • Radical Hospitality
  • Risk-Taking Mission and Service
  • Passionate Worship
  • Extravagant Generosity  


In 2008 our Church Council endorsed the continued use of the Five Practices throughout our congregation; in every level of Church leadership; the Church Council; the staff; in Sunday School classes; in Small Groups such as United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men, ChristCare, Choirs, and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship; in Committees and Work Areas; and in the life of every member and our guests.

By this endorsement, and through our commitment to "Learn, Live, and Share the Five Practices" as our Missional Strategy, we pray that we would bear fruit as individuals, as a Church Council, and as a Church, fully embracing our Vision.