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The People of West Market Street United Methodist Church

A Heart for Christ in the Heart of Downtown Greensboro


About Us

An overview of the faith community that is West Market Street United Methodist Church.  Learn about who we are, and our wide ranging ministries.

The mission of West Market Street United Methodist Church is to glorify God as we make, nurture and send forth disciples of Jesus Christ.


Joining our church family is a step in your faith journey that leads to many others! On that journey, each step deepens your relationship with Christ as you respond by sharing your prayers, presence, gifts, and service.


The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.  We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.

Our Giving

Giving is a part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ and the ministries of your church depend on your gifts, your prayers, your presence, your service and your witness.


West Market Street United Methodist Church is located in downtown Greensboro.  Get location, directions, parking and entrance information. 

Church Staff

Meet the members of our church staff.

Our History

West Market Street United Methodist Church was founded in 1830, and has been a vibrant congregation throughout its history. 

Church Council

The purpose of the church council is to plan a program of nurture, outreach, and witness; implement the plan; provide an administrative infrastructure; align the plan with the mission of the church; evaluate the effectiveness of the plan; act as the administrative agency of the charge conference.

The church council exists to create and supervise the strategic plan for your local congregation so that the congregation fulfills its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.  This twofold function includes both leadership and management. Leadership is the visionary, "big picture" work that assesses critically where your congregation is at the present moment, where God is calling it to be in the future, and what resources will be required to move from your current reality into the desired future. Management is the essential "detail work" that must be accomplished on a daily basis to make the congregation effective.

The church council model reflects and continues a historic tradition within the Church. Jesus called twelve disciples to be together in the leadership of the early Christian movement (Luke 5:1-11, 27-32; 6:12-16). Following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, leaders of "the Way" often convened in groups to make decisions and to support each other in the work of mission and disciple- making. Acts 15 describes the Council formed at Jerusalem. Throughout the letters of Paul, especially in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, leadership in the congregation is described as the shared work of spiritually graced men and women-the body of Christ. A church council is greater than the sum of its parts. Gifted individuals-knit together in faith, love, and commitment and empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit-can accomplish much more than any individual. We honor and glorify God best when we become the body of Christ together.

-Adapted from Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Church Council, 2009-2012, p.6-9. Copyright © 2008 by Cokesbury. Used by permission.