After many months of prayer and discussion our elders and staff leadership have approved a New Plan for Sunday mornings.
TUESDAY, MAY 7: FACEBOOK LIVE Q&A WITH DR. SWANSON
Dr. Swanson and Kim Allen hosted a Facebook live on May 7, answering a number of questions from our church family about discipleship, children in worship, and our vision. The video is now available on our Facebook page.
SUNDAY, MAY 19: PARENTS MEETING WITH KIM ALLEN
Parents are encouraged to join Kim Allen after the 9:45am worship service in the Clayton Life Center to discuss plans to include children in more of our worship time.
Senior Pastor Dr. David Swanson provides further clarification about the future vision of First Pres Orlando.
Audio: The State of the Church
Video: Frequently Asked Questions
CHURCH VISION SUMMARY
In 2017, almost 900 people from our congregation completed a survey conducted by TAG Consulting firm, specifically designed to assess our health as a church.
We had a number of strengths, but participants highlighted specific challenges:
Members communicated a lack of understanding of the church’s vision.
Members struggle to feel connected, and difficulty building relationships at church.
Members did not experience ownership of ministry work / were not fully equipped for ministry work.
Our church’s new vision is a direct result of these responses, prayer, and discernment on the part of our church leaders (elders, pastors, and staff).
OUR CORE VALUES
We’ve finalized Core Values, which are the things about our identity that are always going to be true. They are “who we are right now.” They are: Truth, The City, Church Family, Generational Faithfulness, Relentless Generosity and Our Best. (See more below.)
OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
We’ve finalized our strategic priorities - so those are the 3-5 year goals we’ll focus on. These are what we’re focused on for a season, and are more aspirational than the values. They are “where we are going.”
We create a culture of engagement where our actions preserve our values.
We cultivate relationships of radical affection and accountability with one another.
We strengthen and prepare each other to live missionally in family, vocation and neighborhoods.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Be loved / love the city
Know truth / live truth
We’re listening! As we’ve rolled out our core values and strategic priorities, you may have questions or feedback. We welcome you to send those our way.
We have a team dedicated to listening to your feedback and answering your questions during this season.
JANUARY - MARCH 2019 | OUR CORE VALUES
NOVEMBER 2018 | Dr. David Swanson shares an update in the Columns Magazine.
As we continue in our church vision process, we want to make sure you, our church family, stays involved in the discernment process. You may have seen the recent vision video and updates online; we'll share more of those in the months to come, as well as different forums and spaces to gather your feedback.
One of those was a Facebook Live Q&A session on Thursday, October 25 with David Swanson. He shared a vision update and answered your questions live.
SEPTEMBER 2018 | Senior Pastor Dr. David Swanson shares about the past, present and future at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, how we can prayerfully embrace change together, and discerning God's unique vision for our church in this city.
AUGUST 2018 | Dr. David Swanson shares an update in the Columns Magazine.
MAY 2018 | Our leadership team shares your responses to our 2017 church-wide survey.