Just as Jesus commanded his disciples following his resurrection, we too as disciples of Christ are being sent into the world to be a part of God’s mission. As God’s hands and feet, we understand that we are called to mission in partnership where we walk alongside others in need, showing mutual respect and trust while embracing our mutual brokenness as we discern God’s call together.
The goal of missions at FPC is to provide guidance and support for domestic and foreign outreaches of First Presbyterian Church in accordance with the Great Commission.
In Luke’s gospel chapter 24, verses 13-31, the disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus until they had walked and talked with him and finally shared a meal together. Only then – as Jesus blessed the bread and gave it to them – did they recognize him. It is in stepping out into the world forming what the World Mission body of the Presbyterian Church(USA) calls “communities of mission practice” that we discover how the love of God works through and among us.
The Church, as the body of Christ, has as its mission–the ministry of Jesus, whose goal is to please the Lord and whose earmark is the witness of His love to a hurting world. We are encouraged by Christ to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, invite in the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prison… Jesus tells us, “to the extent that you did this to others–even the least of these, you have done this to me.” Matthew 25:40