Vision and Mission

Vision Statement

We are a Christ-centered, open and welcoming church on the move; growing in worship and faith, growing our sharing of God’s grace through mission, and growing our multi-generational church community.

 

Mission Statement

We joyfully serve the Lord and the world reflecting God’s infinite grace through:

  • Sharing the life-transforming Word and love of Jesus Christ our Savior 
    [Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19]

  • Glorifying God through worship, music, and prayer
    [Psalm 96:1-9, 1 Chronicles 16:23-29]

  • Showing Christ’s love through caring and empowering service within the community and beyond [Micah 6:8, Luke 10:27]

  • Growing a diverse and multi-generational congregation
    [1 Corinthians 12:12-30, John 12:32, Deuteronomy 4:9b]

  • Being loving caretakers of God’s creation
    [Genesis 2:15, Deuteronomy 10:14, Psalm 24:1]

 

Behavioral Covenant

In June 2014, the Session adopted the following Behavioral Covenant to guide our conduct at FPC.

I promise to seek God’s heart
Joining God in what he is doing is our common goal, individually and as a church. I will seek God’s heart through ongoing prayer, listening deeply to Scripture, and looking for the Lord’s hand at work in unfolding circumstances. At the minimum, I believe God’s heart will always lead me to love God more and more and to love my neighbor as I desire to be loved.

Questions for Keeping this Promise:
Where is God in this situation? Where is God in our differences? How might God want me to bless this group, including those with whom I disagree? Is it possible God is after something different than I am right now?

I promise to listen thoughtfully
I will seek to understand before I strive to be understood, and I will give others the benefit of the doubt when I hear them. I will be curious, respectful and willing to learn something new from everyone. I will seek out the stories of those who hold different opinions, looking for our similarities rather than our differences. I will ask my leaders for information about the issues that matter to me. Most of all, I will listen for what God might be saying to me in the words of others.

Questions for Keeping this Promise:
What is my agenda in this conversation? Can I set it aside and just listen? Where do I hear God’s heart in what s/he is saying? ASK: Can you tell me more about why you feel so strongly? ASK: Where do you see God in this situation?

I promise to speak collaboratively
Every word I say can either destroy or create. I promise to use my words to collaborate with what Christ is doing among us. I will always try to seek God’s heart before I share what’s on my mind. I will humbly confess that I don’t have all the answers, but I will confidently share the wisdom and truth I believe God has given me right now. Then I will leave the outcome of my words to the Holy Spirit and invite others into the conversation.

Questions for Keeping this Promise:
Is God prompting me to say anything right now? Are the words I want to say true? Kind? Necessary? Will my words build up or tear down our community? Will my silence create or destroy community? (Silence is a form of speech, too!)

The only way this Behavioral Covenant becomes anything more than a brief splash on our history is that we use it in every conceivable public and discipleship setting for years to come:

  • New Members Classes
  • Questions to new members and the congregation when new members are recognized
  • Sermons
  • Written literature
  • Discipleship classes and spiritual formation settings
  • Mission trips
  • Preamble at all Session meetings
  • Preamble at all Center meetings