A Dynamic, Growing Congregation Looking to Better Serve the Community

We learned a lot from our three-year Revitalization Initiative, which ended in August 2012. And now that we have a settled pastor in place, it’s time to look toward the future.

The Elders have approved a two-pronged vision for the goals on the capital campaign that will launch in Fall 2013. With God’s help, we plan to implement a vision that will support the spiritual needs of our growing congregation and improve our ability to serve our community and our world.

Goal 1–A Dynamic, Growing Faith Community

Old First is proud to buck the trend among mainline Protestant congregations. Unlike many faith communities, Old First is growing. But we know we can do more.

With targeted investments in technology, property maintenance and building renovation, our congregation can make an even greater impact as a dynamic faith community in the heart of Center City.

Goal 2–An Urban Community Engagement Center

Old First has been “in the trenches” in the fight to reduce poverty and the suffering it causes for a generation now. We’re ready to take the lessons learned in the past 30 years and move our programming to the next level.

Our vision is to create an Urban Community Engagement Center that would professionalize our current programs, allow us to provide more complete services to those we assist, and meet more people in their time and place of need.

We will provide more specifics about the capital campaign and these goals at our upcoming special congregational meeting, after worship on July 21. In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you have questions.

– Larry Waddell, Moderator of the Board of Elders