Our Mission Statement

Credit: Ireashia Bennett, Ellen Hao

Image Credit: Ireashia Bennett, Ellen Hao

In 2014, the Session of The First Presbyterian Church of Chicago adopted the following Mission Statement:

The First Presbyterian Church of Chicago is a historic church with a contemporary approach to mission. We have been called by God to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed; and to foster an integrated congregation; and to minister to the needs of members and the community; and to promote peace and justice in the world.



The “Mission” of the church is a statement of the community’s sense of purpose. As Frederick Buechner put it, we are striving to identify the places where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger.

We have cherished three core values ever since we were organized in 1833: justice, education, and care for our community. These are the lenses we use to interpret our Mission Statements as they evolve and change.

If you think our Mission aligns with a project you are building (or dreaming of building) let us know. We love to collaborate, and have many gifts to bring to the table.