Visioning at First Pres

Visioning the Future of First Presbyterian Church

During 2016/2017 the Session received a number of important reports on youth ministry, re-imagined mission ministry, campus ministry, the state of our physical plant and the potential scope of a capital campaign. It became clear to Session, that our church needed greater clarity on  who we are called by God to be as we approach the third decade of the 21st Century (vision).

The Session devoted our 2017 Fall Retreat to begin the visioning process, and created the Mission-Vision Task Force to continue this effort into 2018. The Task Force is facilitating a process to gain clarity on our Church’s mission and vision which will then inform decisions regarding our ministries, building, and financial resources, and enable us to set direction and align our staff and committees with our vision.

We would like to introduce ourselves and encourage any member to speak with us to share their thoughts and hopes for our church. To learn more about the Mission and Vision task force members, visit the member page.

Listening Sessions

Our first phase will engage the congregation in a series of Listening Sessions in April and May, leveraging already scheduled meetings whenever possible. We kicked-off our listening sessions with the Deacons on April 11 followed by the College of Elders on April 14. More than 100 individuals participated.

Throughout April and May we will continue our Listening Sessions and we encourage you, if you have not already participated in one, to attend an upcoming “All Church Session.” Your participation is important.

  • Listening SessionsApril 29 — Sunday, 11 a.m. - Noon, Curtis and Founders Rooms
  • May 5 — Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Curtis and Founders Rooms
  • May 6 — Sunday, 11 a.m. - Noon (Families at First), Lewis Room
  • May 10 — Thursday, 11 a.m. - Noon, Monteith Hall
  • May 15 — Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Curtis and Founders Rooms
  • June 3 — Sunday, 11:00 a.m. (Newer Members), Lewis Room. This session is for members who joined 2015-2018.

In early June, the Mission and Vision Task Force will consolidate congregational feedback, craft mission and vision statements, and chart a course to present to session for the next phase of our planning work. We are designing this process in a way that respects First Pres’ past, accepts our present, and focuses on our future. We enter into these conversations with a hope that we will travel this road together with energy, vision, honesty and grace.

Additional Feedback

If you cannot attend a listening session or have additional feedback or thoughts you would like to share anonymously, please fill out the online form below.

Feedback for Mission & Vision Task Force

Learn More

Learn more about the members of the Task Force here: https://firstpresbyterian.org/members-task-force

Comments? Questions? Email the Task Force: mission-vision@firstpresbyterian.org.