A place to grow
A Place for You
Boston Avenue United Methodist Church is an historic, theologically progressive church located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1893, our congregation now consists of over 7,500 members from all walks of life. The thing we have in common? We are all seeking to love God, love our neighbor, and grow in our spiritual journey.
more than a building
Our iconic building is considered to be one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical Art Deco architecture in the United States. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. And while our building is incredible, Boston Avenue UMC is much more than a building – it is a place to belong, a community working to love our neighbors, and a resource and support to you on your faith journey.
Love Lives Here
As we prepared to celebrate 130 years as a congregation in 2023, we worked with an award-winning filmmaker to help tell the story of who Boston Avenue is. The product of nearly 70 hours of interviews with over 120 people from our church and our larger community, “Love Lives Here,” showcases how our core values are lived and embodied in our church community.
Christianity is declining in the United States. Churches are riven by political disagreements, even as they struggle to stay open. The Methodist denomination is experiencing its most significant crisis since Methodists split over slavery in 1844. In the face of these challenges, one church – Boston Avenue UMC – considers who they are, where they came from, and what it means to be a church community today.
Our core values…
Told through the lens of Boston Avenue’s seven core values, this documentary shares the story of the people of Boston Avenue, and their efforts to embody Christ’s commandment to love God and love neighbor.
Affirms everyone is a beloved child of God;
Sees spiritual growth as a lifelong journey;
Cultivates music, architecture, and the arts as a means of experiencing God;
Embraces a reasoned approach to faith and scripture;
Nurtures our congregation to be ambassadors for reconciliation;
Develops mission partnerships as Christ’s love in action;
Strives for excellence in service to God.
More about Boston Avenue
We aspire to live up to our vision, inspiration and core values.
Boston Avenue United Methodist Church seeks to be a thoughtful Christian community that connects all people with God’s unconditional love.
A historic church for modern people, Boston Avenue Church challenges people to think deeply, grow spiritually and love generously.
Our Core values
Our core values aren't just words, they form and inform everything we do at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The United Methodist Church is a worldwide connection of more than 12 million members in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. We are the person next door, the church on the other side of the country, and the worshiping community across the globe. Together, we share a legacy of living as disciples of Jesus Christ, sharing God’s love both in what we say and how we serve our neighbors. Learn more at the UMC website.
Boston Avenue UMC is part of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, and works in connection with other Oklahoma UMC churches to serve our neighbors throughout the state. Learn more about the Oklahoma Conference on their website.
The UMC also offers a free “What It Means to Be United Methodist” course, which offers information about United Methodist’s roots, beliefs, church structure, and more. Questions? Our staff and ministers would be happy to help!
Connect with us
Our Director of Welcoming, Belynda Clanton, would love to connect with you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 918.699.0134 or simply join us in worship this Sunday! We look forward to meeting you!