We believe the journey of discipleship leads to transformation. We are transformed by Jesus, as we seek to follow Him in our daily rhythms of life. Our minds, actions, and relationship are transformed. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get started.
Discipleship Journey Assessment
Where are you on the journey? Discover your place in the journey and your next best step.
Place in the Journey:
A skeptic or seeker, you are just beginning your faith journey. Maybe you’ve professed faith in Jesus or you’re not quite there; but you’re open to spiritual direction and guidance for next steps in growing in your relationship with God.
Place in the Journey:
On the Trail
A believer who has moved past the trailhead, you’re progressing in your faith. You’re equipped with the essentials, and actively seeking ways to grow in your relationship with God.
Place in the Journey:
Beyond the Mountains & Valleys
You’re equipped for your journey, and looking for ways to guide and equip others along the way. You’ve embraced the Great Commandments and Great Commission, and find opportunities to express joy or peace, regardless of your circumstances.
This catalog offers many opportunities to help nurture your spiritual growth and development. From Casket Empty, to Financial Peace University, to our all-church study of For the Life of the World, this is a manual of all the Fall 2016 opportunities including small groups, Sunday school, School of Discipleship, our emerging faith and work ministry, and Congregational Care.
Know and be known by your church family.
Authentic relationships with other Christ-followers are essential to your journey of discipleship. These are ongoing gatherings and groups designed to create relationships and encourage spiritual growth. Some gather to study, some to support one another, some to serve together and some to practice spiritual disciplines together.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 | 6:00PM - 8:45PM
Hear from last year's talked-about featured speaker, musician Allen Levi and enjoy a time of fellowship that will give you a taste for what our LifeFest church family retreat is like. If you've never been to our LifeFest all-church retreat, this will be a fun way to preview the experience and make new friends. If you've been every year and can't wait to go back, this is a great opportunity to reunite and reinforce what you've learned previously.
Doors open at 6PM for our Blueberry Social; the Session kicks off at 6:30pm with the LifeFest band, the Bullfighters and Jimmy the Bull, and featuring Allen Levi.
All ages welcome; kids activities included and care for birth - 5th grade.
Cost: Free, no RSVP needed
Come share the love of Christ by serving our city! ServeDay is an opportunity for you, your family, or your small group to make a difference in our community alongside others from the First Pres community. There are a variety of projects to choose and ways to serve.
Dr. Case Thorp and Carol Hafer will be taking a group to see the amazing work of the FJKM church and spend time with our Malagasy partners. This trip will focus on encouraging our Malagasy Biblical Entrepreneurs and learning about their businesses. We will also visit other ministries such as Topaza orphanage, Berhorika girls school, Ivato Seminary, and the work of our missionaries, Dan and Elizabeth Turk. (Our visit wouldn't be complete without seeing Madagascar's world-famous lemurs.)
First Moms is a ministry of Women Engaged, designed to equip women to live out their faith through motherhood. Join us this Fall at Winter Park's Alfond Inn for brunch and a chance to fellowship with other moms.
Celebrate the birth of Jesus and welcome women who have joined First Pres in the past year. Enjoy coffee, pastries and holiday music and hear some ways to share the good news of the season with joy. Get a preview of the upcoming Women Engaged study What Love Is, by Kelly Minter.
This is an overnight workshop for married couples. All marriages experience challenges: money concerns, family dynamics, parenting styles, and busy schedules take their toll on something that is supposed to feel like a blessed union. Even great marriages need care. They need the time, energy and grace to remember what is truly important.
This is an overnight retreat for anyone in the church. The purpose of LifeFest is to be together as a church family, be encouraged in our faith, and to retreat together! There will be fun, laughter, worship, fellowship, adventure, and teaching.
This is a week-long mission trip designed for families. The purpose of the trip is to provide a way for families to serve together for a week with our mission partner in the Dominican Republic, Mission Emanuel, and better understand God's Kingdom purpose for the church. And, to have fun together!