The Mission of First English
Love Jesus. Live your call.

A mission statement answers the question: why does First English Lutheran Church exist?

We believe that God has a plan and purpose for us; we are called.  We accept that there are expectations of us individually and collectively, and when we are putting our faith into action and drawing people into relationship with Jesus, we are fulfilling God's plan.

Therefore, First English exists to love Jesus and to serve him by living out the purposes for which God has created us – individually and collectively.

FELC's mission is also guided by our core values and strategic boundaries. 

Breaking it Down...A Summary of the Strategic Planning Committee's Work

"Love Jesus." "Live your call."
It's about our relationship with Jesus.  We are chosen. We believe that God has a plan for us, and we are called.
  • “Go, therefore, and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19 - Jesus’ Command - The Great Commission
  • Share your faith with others
  • Renew and deepen your faith
  • Use the name “Jesus” to make it personal and connect to children
  • Emphasize regular prayer to grow in your relationship with Jesus
  • Love Jesus individually and collectively
  • Realize that you are called
  • Discover your call, equip
  • Motivate, pray, unbind
  • Group with others who have similar calls
  • Be enabled to act
  • Get the resources you need
  • Measure results, correct course
  • Renew, refresh, reenergize
  • Serve Jesus by living your call

Our Core Values...

  • A welcoming place
  • Caring
  • Full of energy and life
  • A Lutheran expression of Christianity
  • We are called to lead
  • An emphasis on youth
  • Worship excellence
  • Preaching and sharing the Gospel
  • Multigenerational programming
  • Faith in action (benevolence/outreach)
  • Care of church facilities

Strategic Boundaries...

  • The beliefs and doctrines of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Our congregation's core values
  • The Constitution and By-laws of First English Lutheran Church
  • Alignment with the passions of the pastors
  • A sense of urgency