Over many generations, the First Pres community has witnessed God’s plan unfold on this corner and throughout the world. It has never been easy to clearly discern God’s plan for us, and today the noise from our rapidly changing world can make hearing God even more challenging.
The “Dream Team” formed to explore the ministry vision for First Pres and develop identity statements. Through prayer, study and active listening for God’s unfolding plan, the goal was to capture what God is inviting us to become in a few simple and clear sentences. To help in this process, there were opportunities for the congregation to participate and give input. The Dream Team engaged in praying, studying scripture and books, and being immersed in the new Mission Study Report, our current mission and vision statements, and other documents. One of the books the Dream Team read was The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church by Reggie McNeal. The team discerned and articulated a new vision for First Pres. Adopted by Session in April 2019, the identity statements are a guide in the process of calling a new Senior Pastor. We were happy to present and celebrate the new Mission Statement, Core Values, and Tagline in May 2019.
Want to know more? See Frequently Asked Questions, our article in On This Corner, and previous updates.