Beliefs

What Presbyterians Believe…

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the shared leadership of both ministers and members. We have a vision of ministry that is vibrant and inviting and reflects the love and justice of Jesus Christ.

Evangelism and Witness – We are called to invite all people to faith, repentance and the abundant life of God in Jesus Christ, to encourage congregations in joyfully sharing the gospel, and through the power of the Holy Spirit to grow in membership and discipleship.

Justice and Compassion – We are called to address wrongs in every aspect of life and the whole of creation, intentionally working with and on behalf of poor, oppressed and disadvantaged people as did Jesus Christ, even at risk to our corporate and personal lives.

Spirituality and Discipleship– We are called to deeper discipleship through Scripture, worship, prayer, study, stewardship and service and to rely on the Holy Spirit to mold our lives more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

Leadership and Vocation – We are called to lead by Jesus Christ’s example, to identify spiritual gifts and to equip and support Christians of all ages for faithful and effective servant leadership. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or death can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ!

To explore the web site of PCUSA, go to www.pcusa.org.

  • Mission and Vision

    I am excited to share some wonderful news with you.  The leadership of First Presbyterian Church has been working for some time on an updated Mission & Vision for our congregation, and it is time to share the results with the congregation.  

    On a Saturday in the spring of this year our Deacons and Elders first gathered to begin the process of defining a new mission statement for our church, along with an expanded vision of who we are and perhaps more importantly, who we want to be.  I feel that it is important for a congregation to have a well-defined mission and vision, and to regularly compare this to the ministries and activities of the church.  It has been some years now since the congregation undertook our last Mission & Vision, and this new process reflects some changes in who we are and who we feel called to be.  While we have not called this a five-year plan, one could look at it in that sense.  It seems healthy for a congregation to redefine its mission and vision every five years or so.  And with that new mission and vision we seek to grow in Christ together.  It is also fair to note that our new Mission & Vision goals aren’t designed to start drastically changing anything.  But it is important that we compare our current ministry with our vision for future ministry, and work toward that vision.

    You will see inside this edition of The Pulse a full page that lists our newly-adopted Mission & Vision.  Here is the Mission aspect of that statement: “Through God’s grace, to be an inclusive community of faith and compassion, empowering one another to become delightfully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”

    The Vision portion of this is much longer, and I’ll let you turn the page to read the rest of that.  Over the next few months, we will work to ensure that all our committees and ministry areas are pursuing work within this Mission & Vision, where applicable.  We will see if this Mission & Vision leads us to new ministries in the name of Jesus Christ.  We will be publicizing this Mission & Vision throughout the church and perhaps even in the community, reminding ourselves and showing others who we feel called to be in this time and place.

    I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Elders and Deacons who helped shape this Mission & Vision.  It took hours of careful and prayerful work to create this.  After months of hard work and hours of thoughtful discussion, Session officially adopted this Mission & Vision in our September meeting.

    It is my hope that as the congregation of First Presbyterian Church in Logan that we are indeed “delightfully devoted followers of Jesus Christ”—and we do mean delightful, for I hope that we find both hope and joy in being followers of Jesus, and we find hope and joy in being a community of faith together.  May we continue to be a worshiping community that is inclusive and compassionate.

    If you have any questions about our new FPC Logan Mission & Vision, please have a chat with me.  I look forward to such conversations.

    May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all,

    Pastor Derek

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