Being a Matthew 25 Church
First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak is a Matthew 25 congregation.
Matthew 25 is an initiative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to “embrace Jesus’ call in Matthew 25:31-46 to take our living faith into our communities and the world” and to “live out true discipleship by acting boldly, compassionately and fearlessly serving people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.” As a Matthew 25 church, we embrace these three areas of focus:
Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.
Building congregational vitality by deepening and energizing our faith and growing as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with our community as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.