Mission & Priorities

OUR MISSION
God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as a community of grace, joy and peace so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.

Following Christ…
We are committed to an Anabaptist Mennonite identity, grounded in the discipleship ethics of the Sermon on the Mount and lived out through creative worship, study, prayer, and service that involve and challenge all generations. First Mennonite Church is part of the global family of faith represented by Mennonite World Conference and the denominational family that is Mennonite Church USA. Learn more about our education program and worship themes.

Nurturing Community…
We are committed to celebrating together, building relationships, and supporting one another. Seeking to experience the full richness of Christ’s body, our faith compels us to grow in our capacity for diversity, welcoming everyone inclusive of diversity of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic or social class, education, and physical or mental condition. Learn more about upcoming events and fellowship opportunities.

Seeking a Just Peace…
We are committed to joining God’s work of peacemaking and reconciliation in the Champaign-Urbana community and beyond, cultivating active opportunities to care for creation, learn from other faith traditions, undo racism, pray and connect with Christians around the world, and serve the local community.

Organizational Guidelines

Learn more about our vision, mission, leadership structure, and decision-making process by reading FMC’s Organizational Guidelines (PDF).

2017-2018 Priorities

These three priorities are concrete tasks we will be working on as a congregation from May 2017 to April 2018, guiding our work in committees, small groups, on Council, and as individuals.

  • Celebrate the gifts of diversity and difference within FMC. Grow our capacity to extend Jesus’ radical welcome.
  • Make visible our commitment to service, outreach, peace, and justice in the neighborhood and community.
  • Envision ways to counter discriminatory rhetoric and prepare to act quickly in response to issues of discrimination that may arise during the year.

2017-2018 Questions

These questions are ongoing conversations that may guide our work and develop into future priorities.

  • Are there new ways God is leading us to enact our concerns for the vulnerable and marginalized?
  • How will we express our Anabaptist peace church identity?
  • Can the apartment building be used to facilitate ministry priorities? If so, how?