Mission & Priorities

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).

2018 Priorities

These three priorities are actionable items we will be working on as a congregation this year. They will guide our work as a congregation: committees, small groups, Council, and individuals.

  • Grow a church culture that invites God’s diversity.
  • Be formed inwardly by God’s grace and hope.
  • Work for racial justice within ourselves, our congregation, and our community.

2018 Questions

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

  • How shall we create space for those in our church who feel vulnerable and marginalized, and embrace our own vulnerabilities?
  • How will we explore our Anabaptist peace church identity in our place and time?
  • How and when is God calling us to use the apartment building for ministry?