The Vision of the REACH Campaign
The new capital campaign offers a unique opportunity to First Presbyterian Church to re-examine our spiritual priorities and renew our vision to reach our neighborhood and our city with the gospel. Considered in this light, it’s not really about raising funds for a new facility. It’s about ensuring that our buildings, and all our resources, are fit for purpose. That purpose is to bring God glory by making disciples. Our culture and our community are changing rapidly, and we cannot remain satisfied with the status quo if we are faithfully to bring the good news to our neighbors. For this reason, we’re calling the capital project the REACH campaign.
- We will reach up in faith as we seek to know and worship God better.
- We will reach back in gratitude as we build on the faithful heritage entrusted to us.
- We will reach out in love as we bring the good news to the City of Jackson and the world.
- And we will reach forward, trusting the Lord Jesus to lead us into this new phase of ministry and mission.
There are two ways to look at a capital campaign like ours. On the one hand, we could focus on the facts. The existing gym is at the end of its useful life and must be replaced. The Day School and the church are both in urgent need of space. Therefore, let’s raise funds to get what we need! This approach focuses on nuts and bolts, on concrete realities. And there’s no denying the fundamental accuracy of the reasoning. We do need a new building! But this way of looking at things tends to default to a maintenance mindset. It is asking only, “what do we need in order to keep doing what we are doing?”
The problem with this approach is that it overlooks the fact that the church isn’t a building or a business. It is a spiritual organism. It is alive. And living things need to grow. In the kingdom of Jesus Christ “maintenance” is another name for deferred decline. We are not called to avoid decline. We are called to risk everything in order to grow.
There is another way to look at the capital campaign. Instead of focusing only on existing needs and how to meet them, we could focus instead on our calling. We are called to reach Jackson with the gospel. We must remove every unnecessary impediment and turn every available resource towards accomplishing that end.
That is why, recognizing that the spiritual condition of our city is a gospel emergency, the vision of the REACH campaign is to call First Presbyterian Church to bold and creative witness, and to provide a facility that will serve as a resource to further that mission for years to come.