About usMATTHEW 25 CHURCH
Trinity continues to be a church committed to walking alongside those in need in our local community and beyond. We join others in denomination in extending the love of God to others by responding to their needs and nurturing them in body and soul. The national church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has put forth the Matthew 25 Initiative, encouraging congregations to engage in life-giving work grounded in this Gospel passage.
In the Summer of 2021 the Session of Trinity voted to endorse this initiative. Being a “Matthew 25 Church” does not change what we do or how we do it; it provides a framework for why we do mission work – that is, as a response to how Jesus tells us to live in community with one another. We are called to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned, or poor.
What is a Matthew 25 Church?
Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive, and we wake up to new possibilities: ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’
How the Vision Unites All Presbyterians
By accepting the Matthew 25 invitation, we help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world. We recognize Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And we rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.
The Matthew 25 initiative has three goals:
- Engage with the community – Building congregational vitality by challenging congregations and their members to deepen and energize their faith and grow as joyful leaders and disciples, actively engaged with their community as they share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
- Support racial justice – Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice, and oppression of people of color.
- Fight poverty – Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.