Today the call for First Presbyterian Church In Jamaica is to respond to the needs of a diverse community. The Jamaica Church must preserve a multi-cultural congregation in an increasingly divisive society, expand outreach programs to provide a place of safety and support for the community, and develop effective systems to involve and care for new members.
At our Congregational Meeting on January 26, 2003, the Reverend Patrick O’Connor invited the congregation to renew its commitment to Jesus Christ so that God’s purposes can be fulfilled through us. His call is for us to “Reach Others for Christ and Develop Believers in Christ.”
This Army of Believers at First Presbyterian Church In Jamaica took a leap of Faith in the Fall of 2002 and committed the church and its resources to 40 Days of Purpose, a spiritual journey which consumed the energies of the church. As we prepared for and experienced this special time of renewal many things became apparent:
- Ministry is best done in teams – teams were formed which allowed officers, leaders, members and staff to work in the areas where they had the most passion and gifts.
- There is tremendous creativity and talent in our membership.
- Great things become possible in ministry as God’s people reach out in faith and prayer to God.
- Focus and clarity about Vision and Purpose produces enthusiasm in those who will follow.
- Spiritual growth is important to the members of First Church.
- There is great power in Alignment – getting all of us to study, prayer, worship, plan and live around the same themes gave great energy.
- Witnessing for Jesus Christ should be our primary focus.
- The church that does not change becomes irrelevant and dies.
- God expects greater commitment from us. To those who receive much, much is expected.
- Lives and churches balanced in God’s purposes will be effective witnesses for Christ.