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 Organizational Guidelines (PDF).

Current Priorities

These three priorities are concrete tasks we are working on as a congregation. They guide the work we engage in as a congregation: committees, small groups, Council, and individuals.

  • Seek and promote opportunities for education about the spectrum of gender and sexuality and the use of inclusive language.
  • Encourage the sharing of each person’s gifts, including diverse expressions and explorations of faith.
  • Work for racial justice within ourselves, our congregation, and our community.

Current Questions

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

  • What changes to our green space will we pursue?
  • How are we called to focus our peace witness in response to many interests and needs?
  • How do we create understanding across political and theological differences and at the same time identify and strengthen the shared beliefs that draw each of us to FMC?