Welcome

We are so happy you have stopped by.  

Founded in 1856, Broadway United Methodist Church (BUMC) is an inclusive faith community of Christian believers in the heart of downtown Council Bluffs. We balance our worship services (8:30 traditional and 10:30 contemporary) with a Wesleyan theology centered in both personal and social holiness . More than a neighborhood church, we are a church for Council Bluffs and the surrounding region. Our members gather from across the area and share a commitment to engaging conversations, community service, social justice, and Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbors. Our mission is to make Christian disciples who make a difference in our community and around the world. Come worship with us on Sunday mornings on the corner of 1st and Broadway or join us for any of our weekday ministries. All are welcome.

Our Mission

The people of Broadway United Methodist Church of Council Bluffs seek a lasting, life-changing relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We act out our faith by making a positive difference on our streets, in our neighborhoods, and around the world, just as Jesus has called us to do.  Our mission is to be a church ever seeking, serving and growing as the family of God showing unconditional love and acceptance.

Our Vision

We believe every person is a beloved child of God. We believe every person is on a journey to God, with God. We freely admit that we do not have all the answers, but we believe that Jesus points the way. When we practice genuine hospitality, engage in heartfelt acts of service, and embrace the gifts of people from different backgrounds and experiences, the church becomes the authentic expression of God’s unconditional love for us all.  We believe God has uniquely called us as a downtown church to be a place to grow in faith, share the love of Jesus Christ, bridge the gap of poverty in its many forms for the goal of community at its best.

Our Values

We believe God calls us to be a church grounded in unconditional love and acceptance, Therefore, at Broadway, we strive to remain true to the United Methodist motto, Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

We believe we are called to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as God loves us.  For this reason, our congregation is committed to Jesus’ commandment to love thy neighbor by welcoming all ages, races, ethnicities, marital statuses, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and economic conditions to attend, join and participate in the life of our congregation.

We believe in studying scripture as the foundation of Christian belief and that our individual stories intersect with God’s greater story.  Our study is further informed by tradition, experience and reason.

We believe we are called to social holiness.  This means we seek to be community at its best and desire to promote social justice and actively participate in service and advocacy to draw closer to the kingdom of heaven on earth.

We believe all we are and all we do flows from our common worship and love of God. We are able to reach out and love others because God first loved us.  The nature of Methodist/Wesleyan teaching centers on the grace of God and that God loves us even before we know who God is.

We believe following Jesus requires commitment and sacrifice.  One way Broadway challenges the notion that faith is easy is by asking difficult questions and taking on meaningful ministries. Engaging both our hearts and minds allows us to grow in our understanding of God.

We believe we are called to be community at its best.  At Broadway, you will discover people seeking meaningful relationships with God, others and self through social and service activities, shared study and conversations, and mutual support of one another.