Who We Are





Hyde Park United Methodist Church is a warm-hearted, open-minded, Christ-centered congregation in Tampa, Florida, living out our mission to Make God’s Love Real in our own congregation, our community and the world.

Our Mission

Make Gods Love Real
To Make God’s Love Real, teaching others to follow Jesus by loving God
and loving all.

Our Vision

People will be connected into loving community, transformed to be more like Jesus, and equipped to teach others how to live life as God intends.

 We are a diverse body of believers, united by our beliefs. We welcome all to experience God’s love and grace, to learn and grow with us on the Discipleship Pathway.

Hyde Park United Methodist is one church with two campuses.

Our historic Hyde Park campus dates to 1899, with traditional Sanctuary and Chapel alongside contemporary and modern worship and active ministries engaging adults and children, and reaching out to our community and world. At our downtown campus The Portico, a creative new faith community is emerging centered on conversation, connection and community change, and emphasizing arts, serving and missional engagement with its neighbors. Sunday evening worship services began September 2016 at The Portico.

Our Core Values

Christ Centered
Focused on the life, words, way and Spirit of Jesus proclaimed in the New Testament
Biblically Rooted
Encouraging spiritually alive, faithful study of the Bible, using tools of devotion and scholarship which are appropriate to a diverse body of people
Warm Hearted
A joyful, loving, laughing congregation which experiences the grace of God in Jesus Christ in personal and positive ways
Open Minded
A place where people search, think, question and honestly express their growing experience of the faith in an accepting and affirming atmosphere
Mission Directed
Continuing the strong sense of mission which has been part of our identity, both in terms of mission in the city and mission in the world
Connection Committed
As part of the United Methodist Church, we see ourselves as a leader/supporter of the global ministries in which we share

We believe

… in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We affirm that God is known and experienced as the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

… that Jesus is the incarnation, the very embodiment of God’s loving presence and power. We maintain that Christ is both fully human and fully divine. We affirm Christ’s saving work on the cross and that through his life, death and resurrection, “God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

… the Holy Spirit works within personal experience and in the life of the Christian community to make God’s redemptive love a tangible reality in our lives and in the world.

… the Bible is God’s written word that reveals the character of God. We believe that it contains the truth about God, about life, and about the relationship between God and all of creation.

… that Grace is the undeserved, unearned, unrepayable gift of the God who loves us enough to meet us where we are, but loves us too much to leave us there. Grace is the love of God at work within us to transform each of our lives into a unique expression of the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ, so that we become participants in God’s transformation of the world.

… that the church is called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It is the body of Christ which worships, serves, and lives the life of faith together. The church is the community that is called to live now as if God’s future has already come.

… that the kingdom of God is both a present reality and a future hope. God’s kingdom is breaking in upon the world bringing peace and justice, compassion and hope, and the fulfillment of all God’s purposes. Wherever God’s power is, there too is God’s Kingdom.

United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. No matter how or where we serve Jesus Christ, we do God’s work in a unique structure — referred to as “the connection.” Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. No one congregation can do all these ministries, but together — through the power of our connection — we can make a tremendous difference. 

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