Our Beliefs

Our Mission

To build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

OUR VISION 

 

 

 

 

To the glory of God, First Pres aspires to be part of the global movement of congregations engaged together in God’s mission through transformation, multiplication, and effective biblical leadership, embodying Jesus’ love to our neighbors near and far.

 

Our_Core_Values

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus-shaped Identity:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

Biblical Integrity:
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. 

Thoughtful Theology:
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community:
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

Egalitarian Ministry:
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.

Missional Centrality:
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.

Center-focused Spirituality:
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity:
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality:
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.

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Upcoming Events
DEC

11

MON
Coffee with Jesus
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Conversation centered on your questions about the Bible, faith and religion. Currently using "Through the Bible in One Year"
DEC

12

TUE
Women's Group
8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Bible study at The Fellowship Hall Classroom, 420 N Park Avenue
DEC

14

THU
Small Group Bible Study
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
A Bible discussion group at Mike & Linda Neely's home, 12650 Greenbriar, Carterville, IL
DEC

17

SUN
Contemporary Worship
9:00 AM
Sanctuary
Sunday School: all ages
10:05 AM to 10:45 AM
Education wing, Sanctuary & Dining Room
Traditional Worship
11:00 AM
Sanctuary
DEC

18

MON
Deacons
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Bible Search
One Year Chronological Bible Daily Readings