First Presbyterian Church’s passion is to press deeper into Christ: to know him, love him and worship him.
Christ then propels us further into the world: to bring the love and joy of his gospel to our city and around the world.
We engage city and global missions through partnerships with ministries “on the ground” in communities of need.
We value long-term relationships with mission partners who themselves engage in long-term, relational ministry where they serve.
Over the last six years, locally we have prioritized Gardere Community Christian School and planting Church of the Resurrection in New Orleans, investing more than half a million dollars each for operations.
In Global Mission, for more than a decade, we have partnered for orphan care and education with Bethany Centre in Uganda and for the rescue of sex trafficked women through Global Transformation Ministries in Medellin, Colombia.
Each of these vibrant ministries has visionary, urgent needs to enhance their physical buildings. What if we could come alongside these trusted partners with funds for these capital projects?
$1.5 Million for Mission Building Projects
These four mission partners seek to expand their reach in bringing the gospel to the lost and to the least. Our church can take the initiative in undergirding those works! Our commitment will help make vision become reality. Our leadership will inspire other donors. We will participate in advancing Christ’s work!
Imagine a $1.5 million capital campaign in which none of the funds are for ourselves. These gifts will be an act of worship! We will acknowledge the Lordship of Christ and the power of his gospel for transformation as we underwrite these building advances.
Such over and above giving to capital mission projects will deepen our connection to these partners, inspire more hands-on service, release energy in our congregation and stimulate overall giving to all the work our church is doing. We’ll love Christ more as we give more for his work. This mission campaign for others will be spiritual worship for us!
GARDERE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Gardere (GCCS) is overdue for a multi-purpose assembly building, a vital component of enhancing present education and a stepping stone to expanding the number of students. We’d like to make the lead gift in its upcoming capital campaign.
CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION
Church of the Resurrection in New Orleans averages more than 125 in weekly attendance. After half a decade, the church is ready to make the transition from church plant to established church. They seek to locate, purchase and renovate an unused sanctuary in the heart of the city. Our contribution would spur other churches in the presbytery and encourage the church that the down payment is covered.
Peter Kiwanuka attended our church in the 90s as an LSU graduate student. He returned to his native Uganda and began a school for orphans. Right now, Bethany educates through the 6th grade. Peter envisions providing shelter and school through the 12th grade, as well as housing for teachers. Our dollars stretch a long way in Uganda.
GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION MINISTRIES
Global Transformation Ministries currently assists young women escaping from sex trafficking. Esther’s House provides temporary housing as these women are cared for and offered job training. Rev. Brian Miller envisions the next stage of care as a half-way home, safely providing the women with more independence until they are ready to launch back into the community. Our gift can underwrite almost the entire cost of such a cottage.
$1.5 million over and above regular contributions to the FPC operating budget.
Commitment day is November 14, 2021 with a goal of completing payments by December 31, 2023.
(Two-year campaign with opportunity to give in three tax years).