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).

2020-2021 Priorities (images and explanations)

These priorities will guide the work of Council from June 2020-May 2021. Committees, Care Groups and individuals are invited to consider how they can help advance these priorities in the coming year.

  • Remain faithful as a congregation living in the reality of pandemic.
  • Encourage diversity and honor difference, being true to our Anabaptist belief that truth is discerned together.
  • Continue the ordination journey begun with Laura Brenneman-Fullwood and congregational support for Laura and Pastor Michael as we relate to Illinois Mennonite Conference (IMC).

2020-2021 Questions

Council raises these questions for intentional discernment about God’s leading at FMC. They may lead to future priorities or specific actions.

  • What does it mean to be church as generations, expectations, priorities and lifestyle change?
  • What are we being called to use our Local Mission Initiative Fund for?
  • Does FMC’s long-held priority of working for racial justice, held by many individuals, call us to make this an institutional commitment?