We Are a Matthew 25 Church

Since 2016, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has challenged its congregations to embrace Jesus’ call in Matthew 25:31–46 to take our living faith into our communities and the world. As a Matthew 25 church, we are called to live out true discipleship by acting boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, thirsty, ill, imprisoned, strangers, poor, and oppressed. This work is a direct response to the good news of Jesus and a faithful expression of what it means to be Christ’s disciples in this time and place. The Matthew 25 initiative has three focus areas:

Being Disciples

Building congregational vitality challenges us to deepen and energize our faith and to grow as joyful leaders and disciples who are actively engaged with our community and the world. Vitality isn’t a number; it’s a mindset, a way of life. Vitality is about embracing people beyond our church walls, working for justice and reconciliation, and serving our neighbors in need.

Dismantling structural racism is a commitment to challenge perceptions and break down systems that underlie discrimination, prejudice, and oppression of people of color. Racism violates God’s command to love one another. Matthew 25’s principle to treat those on the margins with love and justice is the basis for this goal. We pledge to stand up and find inspired ways to chip away at this terrible injustice in our world. See Work for Justice + Peace for more information.

Eradicating systemic poverty means we must act on our beliefs and work to change laws, policies, plans, and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor. We aspire to address the root causes of poverty in our communities and the world by tackling injustices in housing, health care, education, and more and by appealing to legislators, community leaders, and visionaries to make a difference.

We Are a Member of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians

Westminster is a member of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians whose mission is to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ, with the help of God’s grace, by working for the unity of the church, furthering the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons, seeking understanding and reconciliation, and joining with others seeking a more just and inclusive church.

What does this mean exactly?

  • We invite all of God’s children into our safe and welcoming space of affirmation, healing, dignity, and purpose.
  • We welcome LGBTQIA+ people, to affirm their gifts for ordained office, and to uphold marriage equality for all.
  • We bear witness to justice through advocacy and activism at the international, national and local church levels; speaking a prophetic word in anxious and divided times; and standing with others in fighting hate and oppression against any of God’s children.

We Are an Earth Care Congregation

Westminster has been certified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) every year since 2010. This honor means we exhibit exceptional leadership in protecting God’s creation and are good stewards of earth’s resources through our worship, education, outreach and advocacy. Only a small percentage of the thousands of Presbyterian churches in the U.S. have earned this honored distinction. See Care for the Earth for more information.

We Are a Stephen Ministry Congregation

Stephen Ministries is a professional, independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization that equips churches with the training and tools needed to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties. Westminster Presbyterian Church is one of more than 13,000 churches in their established network. See Care + Support for more information.