Our Mission and Vision

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church is an open and welcoming Christian congregation serving God in downtown Oakland. We seek to build a multiracial, multi-ethnic and multicultural community. We welcome and affirm full participation of gays and lesbians in the life of the congregation. We work to promote the inclusiveness of all people in the United Methodist Church as a whole.

The church serves its members, the people of greater downtown Oakland, and the global community with a wide variety of programs and missions.

Mission Statement of the United Methodist Church

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Lake Merritt UMC Vision Statement

Sustaining a vibrant and growing congregation through Christian spiritual transformation, making our work and the church relevant and visible.

We will: 

  • Celebrate diversity, love and relationships through lay-led worship and small groups; 
  • Meet in small groups to empower participants to live out Christ’s love; 
  • Empower children and youth in their faith journey and in becoming a vital part of the church; and 
  • Address the needs of the community, both spiritual and physical, through service and outreach.