Originally called First United Methodist of Miami Beach; our church has a proud history on Miami Beach since 1924.
In 1997, we became St John’s on the Lake and a Progressive, Reconciling congregation of the United Methodist Church. We welcome all to worship passionately as we challenge the status quo, and seek to transform the world through God’s love. In short, we are diverse, extremely inclusive, welcoming people, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.
As the second church ever founded on Miami Beach, and the first Reconciling congregation in all the southeastern United States, we declare a commitment to full inclusion of all people, we participate in advocacy groups seeking justice of all types and we remain proud of our rich history and heritage.
The United Methodist Church was built on a justice imperative of the Gospel and a tradition of social action and ministry to the disenfranchised. We share a belief that the Gospel call to love, and the example of Jesus’ ministry to all people, outweigh a doctrine of exclusion. As such, St John’s is committed to utilizing inclusive language and respectfully recognizing the diverse approaches to Christianity and faith itself. We agree that, as we understand it, Jesus proclaimed a Gospel of grace and that our faith is to be exemplified by our public ministry to the larger community.
We work towards having all of St. John’s church family participate in the church and in the community. We declare a commitment to full inclusion of all people as we participate in advocacy groups seeking justice of all types, remaining proud of our rich history and heritage.