Mission

Mission at FPCE

“The church of God does not have a mission in the world, but the God of Mission has church in the world.”   – Tim Dearborn

Our vision is to empower and equip every member of FPCE to be Christ’s witnesses locally and globally, engaging with and supporting our mission partners.  We do this by:  Building relationships with our partners; Focusing on outreach ministries that are relational, cross-cultural, in areas of disparities with vulnerable people groups; Focusing our funds on those serving in full time ministry, particularly in unreached areas; Providing education that is relevant and equipping in nature.  In 2020, we look forward to inviting members to embrace the vision for being “sent” in mission, through nurturing and expanding relationships with our partners, providing classes and intentional trips and experiences for all ages.

 

FPCE Missions Categories

 We seek to discern how God desires to use our church in Evanston, Chicago and the world in His work of redemption.  Following Jesus’ description of His ministry in Luke 4:17-19, we developed the categories (links will take you to a list of the partners in each category):

Education and Training – Including but not limited to theological training. Remembering underserved areas and women and girls’ access to education;

Justice and Mercy – Focusing on the outcast, and the vulnerable, remembering widows, orphans, prisoners, refugees and more;

Sister Church – a relationship grown over many years with the Evangelical Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine.  It is time to invest more deeply in them.

University and Youth – Focused primarily on campus ministries, with FPCE history and proximity to Northwestern, the presence of professors from numerous universities, and the impact on the global church through leaders developed at universities.

Unreached People Groups – Focusing on church planting, Bible translation, and evangelism, primarily in the persecuted areas – Middle East/North Africa and the Gulf, Central Asia, India, and Nigeria currently.

FPCE Outreach Groups – Tumekutana, The Great Commission Fund, and refugee grants – not a part of the missions budget but fall under the supervision of the missions director and assistant with consultation from the missions council.

We are excited to continue His mission in engaging our members and attracting others to His work in this world.

[1] Guder, Daryl, No Soloists in The Kingdom, Young Life Podcast October 8. 2018.

[2] Wright, Christopher J.H., The Mission of God and the Task of the Church (Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Singapore, 2014) 11

[3] Dearborn, Tim, Beyond Duty: A Passion or Christ and a Heart for Mission (Monrovia 1997) 2.

[4] Wright, The Mission of God and the Task of the Church 56

Mission Prayer

Please pray for “Keith and Louise” who ask that we pray for the miraculous, mighty movement of God in reaching Central Asia, Turkey and Xinjiang. May the Lord raise up a critical mass of healthy, reproducing, transformational churches in each of these countries and regions!

Mission Notes

Holiday shopping to help missions

Start or finish your Christmas shopping at Ten Thousand Villages Evanston, 915 Chicago Avenue, on Thursday, December 12, 5-8 pm. A percentage of every item purchased at that time will go to support scholarships for Dar al Kalima University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, our partner with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. The store is located at 915 Chicago Avenue. See www.tenthousandvillages.com/evanston for shopping ideas!

Overnight Shelter volunteers needed

The Overnight Shelter will be hosted at FPCE December 29 through January 19. If you never volunteered before and are interested, contact Charlene Parris at c.parris@comcast.net and we’ll work with you to get you trained. We’ll need volunteers for set up each night and clean up each morning. It’s a great small group opportunity, too! Visit firstpresevanston.org/overnight/ to sign up for volunteer opportunities.