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Mission Statement

We seek to do justice by encouraging hands-on ministry and mission in the community and the world in which we live. 

We seek to show love and do kindness by strengthening our fellowship as a community of faith, mending broken hearts, and inviting others to experience God in this place. 

We seek to walk humbly with our God: 

    through disciplined study of God’s Word and the Confessions of the church, 

    and by worshiping God in the tradition of the Reformed faith, 

    while being open to new forms of faithful expression in worship

Our Lord Jesus Christ requires these things of us. 

(Based on Micah 6:8, Adopted in October, 1999)

Other Confessional Resources:

A Brief Statement of Faith

Confession of 1967

The Declaration of Barmen

Westminster Confession

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Westminster Larger Catechism

The Second Helvetic Confession

The Heidelberg Catechism

The Scots Confession

The Apostles' Creed

The Nicene Creed

First Presbyterian is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Great Ends of the Church 
(those areas of church life that we feel as Presbyterians are critical to the mission of the Church)
  1. The Proclamation of the Gospel for the Salvation of Humankind (Evangelism)
  2. The Shelter, Nurture, and Spiritual Fellowship of the Children of God (Fellowship)
  3. The Maintenance of Divine Worship (Worship)
  4. The Preservation of the Truth (Discipleship)
  5. The Promotion of Social Righteousness (Mission)
  6. and the Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the World. (Ministry)
(From the PC(USA) Book of Order)

First Presbyterian Church is structured around the Great Ends of the Church (see left), which is a statement of the purpose and identity of the Church from its beginning. The essence of these Great Ends can be distilled into five basic areas of church life, around which all of our committee structures, calendar, budget and programming revolve. These five areas are:
Evangelism/Mission:     Kerygma
Worship:                             Leitourgos
Ministry:                             Diakonia
Fellowship:                        Koinonia
Discipleship:                     Didache

In addition to these areas of church ministry, we bring a special focus to the following aspects of our Christian life and practice:

Eucharist: The good gift of Jesus Christ, especially as experienced in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper

Advent: The awareness that Christ has come, Christ is come, and Christ will come again. We worship a God who is present, not far away, a God who is real, not abstract, a God who is intimately involved in humanity's past, present, and future.  
Subpages (1): Statement of Faith