Mission Statement of First Presbyterian Church
“Transforming lives through the love of Jesus Christ”
A few words about how we came to this eight-word statement and what we believe it means for our ministry together. Leaning on Anthony Robinson’s book Changing the Conversation, which the Session had been studying for several months, we agreed a mission statement should be short, easy to memorize, but also challenging and distinctive. It should define who we are but also call us to something more, by God’s grace.
For us, the verb “transform” is critical because it calls us to grow and change but acknowledges that something beyond us is also engaged in the work. “Lives” includes us—our membership—but also extends to any whom we have the privilege of serving, including those in our neighborhood and around the world. We settled on the
phrase “through the love of Jesus Christ” partly because of its beautiful ambiguity. It’s through both Jesus Christ’s love for us and our love for Jesus Christ that we transform lives. Not just one or the other. We are co-workers in this significant work, not passive bystanders. And we chose “the love of Jesus Christ” because we believe it captures the essence of the good news we have to share with each other, our neighbors and indeed all the world: that in Christ we experience the love of God that accepts us as we are and not as we’re supposed to be. In turn, this unconditional love transforms our lives and empowers us to offer the same transformation to others.
A Brief History of First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church has existed and has been serving the Fort Wayne community since 1831. We are the oldest continuously active congregation in Fort Wayne and while we are very proud of our history and the many local and world-wide missions we have supported over the years, we are not content to dwell on past accomplishments. Over fifty years ago we made the decision to remain a downtown church and to focus much of our mission effort on the needs of downtown Fort Wayne and we continue to do so. First Presbyterian is a forward looking, energetic congregation of people willing to get involved in an amazing variety of causes. Whatever your interests, you will find an outlet (or perhaps help create one) through First Presbyterian Church.