What to expect



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SUNDAY mornings

Contemporary service:

(Christian Life Center)


Modern service:

(christian life center)


Traditional service:



Sunday school:

(throughout the church)




Praise, Prayer, & Communion:



Energize students:

(Christian Life Center)





503 west main street

west plains, mo 65775



Have questions about FUMC? Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.


What do you believe?

First United Methodist Church of West Plains is part of the United Methodist denomination, the second largest Protestant denomination in America, and we uphold our heritage by pursuing ministry in keeping with this tradition. We seek to be generous in spirit, broadminded, devoted to Jesus Christ, and wholly surrendered to God. We strive for personal holiness by inviting people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, and we pursue social holiness in the public sphere by addressing key issues of our time so that our world will look more like the Kingdom of God.

United Methodists share a common heritage with other Christians, holding to the historic essentials of the Christian faith. We have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion. We are “people of the Book,” whose faith is firmly rooted in and built upon the scriptures. We hold the Bible to be divinely inspired and are committed to live by its words and we recognize the Bible was written by people who heard God in the light of their own cultural and historical circumstances. As such, we make use of scholarship and study the scriptures carefully. When we encounter theological differences, we bear in mind John Wesley’s approach, “in essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

We believe the goal of the Christian life is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. From the beginning of the Methodist movement, we were known as “reasonable enthusiasts,” those who are both emotionally and intellectually engaged. We value passionate worship, relevant preaching, small groups to hold Christians accountable to one another, and serving those who are in need. We value the spiritual disciplines and take a “methodical” approach to growing in the faith. United Methodists value the full participation of women and men, people of all backgrounds in every facet of fellowship and leadership within the church and society. 

This is our heritage, and it continues to shape First United Methodist Church in every area of our ministry.

What should i expect when visiting?

You should expect to be warmly greeted and to feel right at home on your first visit. You’re certain to find friendly people who are ready to help you find your way without overwhelming you. And whether you’ve been to a church before or not, you’ll find that the worship service is simple to follow, the teachings are meaningful, thoughtful and relevant to your life, and there are no insider secrets.

Our Sunday morning services vary in worship style and personality and music styles range from traditional to contemporary. There is certainly a service that feels like home for you.

How can i watch past sermons?

Most of our sermons are available in our sermon library on this site.


How do I become a member of FUMC?

If you are considering membership at FUMC, we invite you to attend a Coffee with the Pastor session offered every few months throughout the year. You'll learn more about the church, get to know our pastors and staff and discover the expectations of our members.

Who is your pastor?

Jon Thompson is our church's lead pastor. He has been married to nona for over 30 years.  you can follow him on his blog located on our about page on this website.