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.

The Great Command: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27 

· Renew and deepen your faith.

· Love Jesus individually and collectively.

· Emphasize regular prayer to grow in your relationship with Jesus.

· Grow in love toward Jesus and others by being in a small group.


The Great Commission: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 

· Realize that you are called and discover and live out that call.

· Share your faith with others.

· Live your call individually and collectively.

· Grow in discipleship and service through participation in a small group.

· Equip people to live their 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

“… by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him; but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts,    sanctified me, and kept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one common, true faith.”   - Martin Luther