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Tecumseh UMC - Who We Are

What We Believe - the core, important stuff

There is one God known in Three Persons: transcendent Father, fully human/fully divine Jesus the Christ, and Holy Spirit.

The world is broken and suffering happens. Humans are broken, selfish, neglectful, shortsighted, and too often willful wrongdoers, unable to get ourselves sorted without God's help.

God lived among us as Jesus the Christ who lived, loved, and taught, died, taking upon himself the evil and guilt we could not bear, and resurrected from death in victory over the powers of brokenness, evil, and death. Through Jesus we are offered saving relationship with God. To reject Jesus is to alienate ourselves from God.

Working through numerous writers over centuries, God gave us the Bible, God's self-revelation, which is authoritative for our faith and living

The church is the community Jesus established to continue his ministry and mission in the world.

God loves you and there's nothing you can do about it.

What We Do

Come and join us!

Our Pastor

. . . The Reverend Mark Alan Miller doesn't look like a pastor, loves to preach, and is passionate about helping people experience the love of God through Jesus Christ, especially during times of crisis.

He received his M-Div from Asbury Theological Seminary, where he specialized in Biblical theology and Christian ethics, after leaving a career as a software engineer and simulation analyst. A graduate of Adrian College, he majored in geology and math, then went on to use neither.

Mark was an atheist, and now is theologically orthodox, Christologically conservative (believes in Jesus resurrection, for example), has a strong social conscience, and is skeptical of politics on all sides

He is also a multi-instrumental musician (guitar, bass, flutes, sax, keys) who digs jazz (especially fusion), Baroque, various ethnic musics, classic rock, blues, and anything else that sounds good.

Tecumseh UMC and the Vital Church Initiative

VCI is a collaborative consultation process used to increase a church's vitality and growth potential that involves study of current challenges facing mainline churches and best practices for meeting those challenges. During the process a church, with the guidance of a consultation team, takes a deep look at itself and how well it is meeting Christ's command to "Go and make disciples of all nations." The centerpiece of VCI is a visit by a consultation team who has studied the church, interviews church leaders, and reports to the church their observations along with several prescriptions for things the church can do to be a church with greater spiritual vitality, better vision of its mission and ministry in the world, and more effective outreach to the unchurched in the church's surrounding community.

Tecumseh UMC is currently in the 3rd phase of the VCI process, which means we are working our way through the prescriptions we received from the VCI consultation team.

VCI Documents

Tecumseh UMC Consultation Report

Prescription Implementation Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions

Consultants Corrections & Answers

Vision & Values Workshop Documents

Workshop Notes

Values List