One of Methodism’s most distinctive theological traits is not a doctrine but a methodology. The “Quadrilateral” represents the four sources that inform our faith, help us make decisions, and live out balanced, healthy lives in Christ. The four components are Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason — and if you’ve ever wondered what makes a Methodist Methodist, the Quadrilateral is it.

Although they are in no particular order of importance (Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason are supposed to be held in creative tension with one another), an easy way to remember the four elements is by their initials: “STER” (the quadrilateral helps “steer” our decision-making along the way). For John Wesley, why you believe something was just as important as what you believe. So the Quadrilateral is the method by which Methodists do the work of “why.” How you arrive at the “why” is the work of the individual within the community.

Since the heart of our identity is a “methodology” and not a “theology,” we’ve never been a confessional or dogmatic church. Wesley felt there was plenty of room for religious “opinions.” If you’re looking for specific theology, you’re barking up the wrong denomination!

“As to opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think”
(Bishop Ken Carder)

“In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
(John Wesley)
WATCH HERE FOR THE FOUNTAINS UMC RESPONSE TO COVID-19Information changes frequently, so be sure to check back often

The Fountains UMC is creating a plan for its response to COVID-19, with the goal of maintaining social distance to keep everyone safe. Sharing information and maintaining contact with members and the community is critical, and to that end we have several actions in process. Watch here for updates, and come back often to check on new information!

  • All in-person meetings and group gatherings on campus are supended through the end of April.
  • The Fountains UMC Office will be open by appointment only until further notice.
  • Sunday morning Celebrations are Live-Streamed at 9:30am only, no face-to-face gatherings.
  • Meals at JUSTA and Halle Centers are suspended until further notice.
  • April 24-26 Mingus Mountain All Church Camp is cancelled
Sunday Morning Celebrations

Sunday morning Celebrations will be held at 9:30 online only, via Livestream, You Tube and Facebook. Follow one of these links to tune in on Sunday mornings: