A Vision for the Future
A COVENANT COMMUNITY
For the past 140 years, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando has been at the center of this city’s life. Generations of believers have faithfully made a place for those that would come after them, so that we might also come to know Jesus and grow in His love.
Today we stand on the foundation laid by those believers who came before us in faithful generosity and prayer, and we look to the future. As our city grows and changes around us, we too, are poised to change with it.
A UNIQUE CALL
Cities are places of change. This is certainly true of our city, and it is the city which we have been called to serve. Not merely the city of Orlando, the “city” we serve extends throughout Central Florida. As we think about the future, God has uniquely placed us to build His Kingdom here, giving us the resources, energy, creativity and influence to be agents of transformation in the City Beautiful. So how do we rise to meet that future?
A LIGHT IN THE WORLD
As Nehemiah 2:18 says, we are called by God to arise and build His Church. A capital funds campaign, ARISE AND BUILD will not only free our church from debt, but also fund new ministry critical to our God-given vision.
It’s a vision in which each of us invests in and is transformed by God’s work in this city. And it’s a vision in which our church family, God’s faithful people, rise to meet the challenges of our culture and the needs of our community with prayerful Kingdom purpose.
It’s time for us to ARISE AND BUILD.
Our Financial Goals
Roof Repairs, $600,000
Technology Upgrade, $350,000
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as unto the Lord.” Colossians 3:23
Those who came before us in this church family have entrusted to us a beautiful downtown campus. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of this space. It is time to replace several roofs that are old and leaking. In addition, our staff is using outdated computers on a patchwork system, often hampered by breakdowns. To enable more efficient work, those systems need to be updated.
STUDENT MINISTRY SPACE RENOVATION
“Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Our Student Ministry is a growing area in our church, but our facilities are sadly inadequate to support it. Our rooms, equipment and furnishings are worn and outdated, and not a place where students want to spend time. As we renovated our SHINE Children’s Ministry, we need to create a unique physical space for middle and high school students, which communicates our desire to serve them.
THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND WORK
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” Matthew 25:21
We are not here by accident. We want to more fully embrace our identity as a city-center church, adopting a model of ministry that will help us provide leadership while influencing Central Florida’s future for good.
The business community, a flourishing arts community, and the civic community are literally at our doorstep. Our next step is to reach out to these groups through a new Center for Faith and Work, which will equip our members to understand their work as a vocation; a calling with Kingdom purpose.
Based loosely on a discipleship model of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, The Center for Faith and Work would be a ministry reaching business, civic and arts communities through public forums and seminars, focused theological education and spiritual formation, industry-specific gatherings, artistic expression, and one-to-one
“Some of them began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” Acts 11:20-21
Church planting has long been a part of the ministry of First Presbyterian Church, including Park Lake Presbyterian, Winter Park Presbyterian, Tuskawilla Presbyterian and Celebration Presbyterian. It has always been our desire to see the Kingdom of God grow by planting solid, Reformed, evangelical churches where none currently exist. Why? It is part of our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ in obedience to the Great Commission (Matthew 28). And statistics show that church plants grow by conversion at far higher rates than that of established churches, which tend to grow by transfer of membership. That is our desire! We want to see the Kingdom of God grow exponentially. After careful study, we will look to plant one church in the United States and one church in Western Europe.
OUR MISSION TITHE
“See also that you excel in this grace of giving…” 2 Corinthians 8:7
Paul reminded the church at Corinth that they, too, needed to be part of an offering to bless the church at Jerusalem. We also have a Biblical call to take from what is given to us for use in the greater mission of the Church of Jesus Christ. The first ten percent of every dollar given for ARISE AND BUILD will be set aside for mission projects through our FaithServes team in places where we already have deep relationships.
These gifts will bring lasting, positive change to three communities in need: Mission Emanuel in the Dominican Republic, the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar, and here in Orlando, on Mercy Drive.