First Presbyterian has many boards and committees that give members the opportunity to participate in the life of the church. From leadership roles to caregivers, from Bible studies to the arts ministries, members are encouraged to get involved. A list of boards and committees follows; contact the church office at 426-7421 to get in touch with a representative from a specific group if you are interested in joining.
The governing body of the church; members are elected by the congregation for a three-year term and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
The Board of Deacons
The caregivers of the congregation; they are elected by the congregation for a three-year term and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
The Day School Board
Supports the Day School Director in matters pertaining to the growth and running of the Day School. Includes a Session member liaison.
The Board of Directors of the Foundation
Receives, holds, and invests funds for the support of First Presbyterian Church. Professional, independent investment managers handle the investment of Foundation assets.
Ministry Committees (aka Session Committees)
Responsible for adult Sunday and mid-week Education and Bible study programming, special study series during Lent, Advent and other times of the year.
Building & Grounds
Oversees capital funding projects and everything related to the physical maintenance of the property.
Children, Youth & Family
Administers activities and programs including child care; church school for children, youth and parents; Wednesday night dinner and programs; Junior and Senior High Youth groups; summer and work camps; Confirmation class (held every other year); and other planned children, youth and family activities.
Manages and supervises communication to members and the public by mail, email, website, newsletter, social media, public media, and signage.
Oversees the financial policies and procedures of the Church, budget development and reporting; conducts the Stewardship Program each year and other fundraisers when requested.
Korean Language Ministry Steering
Administers and conducts a full range of worship, education and mission opportunities for Korean group members.
Personnel and Administration
Conducts annual reviews of salary for clergy and support staff, approves job descriptions and staffing changes, and assists with staff evaluations.
Oversees and coordinates the Art, Music, and Theater programs of FPC and consists of a chairperson and the head of each of the arts groups.
Spiritual Formation, Congregational Life, Adult Education
Provides retreats, various fellowship and support groups, outreach to visitors, and adult education activities.
Provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Helps plan, oversee, and coordinate all worship services, choirs, music, ushers, acolytes and Sanctuary guilds. They assure that the Chapel and Sanctuary are ready for services.
The Church Officer Nominating Committee finds Nominees for the Board of Deacons and Elders on Session as people rotate off these boards each year.
Deacon Committees and Mission Teams
Cares for and builds relationships among members and visitors at FPC. Its key ministries include the Welcome Table, First Friends, visitor follow-up, and the reception team.
Provides loans and/or gift funds to help people get necessary dental services through The Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic.
Locally and globally (in partnership with PCUSA Mission co-workers), the Mission Team is actively engaged in caring for those in need.
Ongoing groups within the Mission Team include:
- Angel Tree Organizes and presents “angels” for whom congregation members buy gifts. The gifts are then distributed through Wellspring, East Wayne Street Center and Amistad Cristiana.
- Everyone a Neighbor Day (END) On the fourth Thursday of each month. END provides lunch, fellowship, and clothing to anyone in the area who comes.
- Hunger Relief Oversees the food collection on the third Sunday of each month and distribution to the three food banks we support.
- Just Neighbors Organizes volunteers to provide evening meals two weeks each year to the homeless families in residence at Just Neighbors.
- Rescue Mission Meal Solicits food donations and servers for an evening dinner at the Rescue Mission on the third Sunday of each month.
- Rising Stars Provides tutors and space for an after-school tutoring program on Mondays in conjunction with Fort Wayne Community Schools.
- Wellspring Works with Wellspring, whose purpose is to support and enrich the lives of Fort Wayne’s central city residents.
A small group ministry designed to build community, deepen relationships and aid spiritual growth.
Groups of church members from the same zip code who gather once a month for fellowship and food.
Men’s Bible Study
Follows the preaching Scripture focus for the next Sunday, and is a lively, thoughtful, open and accepting discussion group that meets once a week. Led by the Pastor/Head-of-Staff.
A MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) group is hosted at FPC on the first and third Wednesday of each month during the school year from 9:00-11:00am.
Smock Senior Ministries
Provides services for Presbyterians age 50 or older, including Presby Day, 3B Exercise Program, transportation, assistance with financial planning and insurance matters, Medicare counseling, day trips and longer tours.
- Presby Day is a gathering on the third Thursday of each month that Includes a meal, guest speaker and a brief time of worship.
- 3B Exercise is a low-impact exercise program for seniors that meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from September through May.
- Table Talk I & Table Talk II Book clubs that meet weekly on Wednesdays to read and discuss a book agreed on by the group.
Women’s Bible Study
Uses the “Horizons” study guide prepared by Presbyterian Women, and is a lively, thoughtful, open and accepting discussion group that meets on Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm. Led by the Pastor/Head-of-Staff.