Philosophy of Ministry

First Presbyterian Church believes in Christ-centered ministry. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14). We bear this belief out in the importance we place on the preached Word. We also hold the teaching of the Bible to be necessary for a growing relationship with God in Christ. For the Bible testifies of the eternal life that those who are in Jesus have (John 5:39). Jesus Christ is front and center in our ministry (Colossians 1:17-18).

With Jesus at the forefront, we take a long hard look at ourselves. We know that Jesus “who, although he existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, being made in the likeness of humans” has given us a model to follow (Philippians 2:6-7). We strive for service.

But not everyone serves in the same way. The beauty of church life is that everyone has different gifts. Part of life in the church is exploring what your gifts might be. Some might serve in the literal sense. Some might teach. Others could encourage. All gifts can be used to build up the church and strengthen the local community.