"... to understand the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, to bear witness to this love to all people and to make them His disciples. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit, the Church exists for the proclamation of the love of God, the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers and redemption of the world. In furtherance of this aim, it shall engage in evangelical, educational, medical, social, literary, agricultural, socio-economics, vocational, technical, industrial and such other activities which are in harmony with its doctrines and Articles of Religion..." (MCI Discipline --- Para 2). Accordingly, the Methodist Church in India affirms first: its mission within the territorial boundaries of India; the second: that as a part of "the Body of Christ in and for the world", it is also committed to a global mission.
The Methodist Church in India affirms the historic relationship it has had with the United Methodist Church, and gratitude, recalls the statement of the Council of UMC Bishop of its being "well-aware of the many spiritualities which bind us together in Christian affection, which will remain unbroken" and its pledge assuring the continuing prayerful interest of United Methodists throughout the world, and offer and invite and enduring and fruitful mutuality in the years ahead". (MCI Discipline First Edition pp 4 & 5).On its part, therefore, the Methodist Church in India affirms its historic and constitutional affiliation with the United Methodist Church establishing a direct relationship between these two churches by which mutuality in mission is expressed in specific and concrete terms as set forth in the Agreement between the Methodist Church in India and World Division of Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. As an expression of the United Methodist Church, The Methodist Church in India desires to strengthen the flow and movement of personnel from either Church to the other for leadership, enrichment and fellowship in the Gospel.
Further, in the spirit of mutuality in mission by the Universal Church, the Methodist Church in India desires to initiate dialogue with other churches/societies, in the country as well as in other continents to enrich the witness of Christian faith and service according to our Lord's commandment, by receiving and sending missionaries.
The Methodist Church in India understands the term "Person-in-Mission" or "Missionary" to mean a person, national or otherwise, engaged in the mission of the Church, whether in full-time service or on a short-term voluntary basis, who having heard the call of Jesus Christ is committed to share his/her witness of faith and love in Christ in any part of the world and thereby to demonstrate the universal and the inclusive nature of the Church. This witness involves the proclamation of the Gospel, the performance of service which fulfils the call and the development of true human community in Christ.
While the Mission of the Methodist Church in India must be expressed in the Indian perspective and missional priorities be defined from this point of view, the Methodist Church in India also believes that the mutual understanding of Christian mission will grow as the Spirit of God continues to act; it therefore seeks to be faithful to the Lord trusting that He who has begun a good work will perfect it.