There are many ways we can GROW: in our faith, as a church, in our maturity, as a community. On this page we’d like to highlight the many ways we grow as a family!  As new events are planned, look here for additional information–we’d love for you to join us!

Daily New Testament Readings

For 2022, Pastor David invites you to join him in reading through the New Testament. Each day will only require you to read one chapter. Check our calendar for the daily readings at

Fat Tuesday/Ash Wednesday Service

Thank you to Kids Place Board, Central UMC Staff, and all of the volunteers for make this year’s Ash Wednesday an awesome event OUTSIDE on the COURT SQUARE!! We had a great turnout with fun, food, fellowship AND worship!

Trunk or Treat

A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated candy or showed up with their trunks decked out and costumes on for our 2021 Trunk-or-Treat here at Central! We estimate we saw about 300 kids and their families come through on Sunday afternoon. We ran out of candy which was an incredible problem to have! Thanks again for your commitment to showing up for our Shelby community.

Check out our very own Pastor David and his article in our conference publication, Stories of Faith.

Upper Room Devotion

Upper Rooms for May/June are now available outside of the office and sanctuary. Feel free to stop by Mon-Thur 9-4 or Fri 9-1.

Vision Team News


Dr. Nancy Rankin met for the second time with our vision team to help explore why we exist as a church. She expanded on our purpose highlighting the core found in Jesus’ Great Commission: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19).

Key Components:

  1. Make Disciples (of all nations)
  2. Baptize (bring into the family of God)
  3. Teach (Jesus’ commandments)

She engaged the group by asking, “What would work to reach today’s families with schedules that are so overloaded? We have to rethink but continue to deliver the essentials to a changing world. Stop and re-orient.”

Nancy continued to stress the vision must direct relationships, program and management in what the church does. “Leave survival up to God. Just be faithful!”

Something to ponder: A Pathway for Discipleship. How is a discipleship pathway different from a church membership pathway?

In preparation for the next meeting, the team was asked to study demographics and projections for Shelby over the next 10 years in the MissionInsite Report.

Vision Team Minutes 8-15-19

Vision Team Minutes 9-19-19

Vision Team Notes 10-10-19

Vision Team Church Sizes