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Program Committees

Mission statements of program committees
The Council on Ministries (COM) supports the various active and emerging ministries of the church through leadership, facilitation of cooperative ministries between committees, and by providing resources and information as available.  The COM provides this support in accordance with the FUMC Mission Statement and in turn represents its ministries as part of the FUMC Leadership Council. 
MLK Leadership Academy Our vision is to serve the community in Christian outreach by providing volunteers and funds for projects that impact the learning success of children at Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy.  The core mission of the First United Methodist Church ~ King Academy partnership is for 1-2 grade students to read at grade level.
Public Relations Through Public Relations we are striving to attract new people to worship through advertising that features the diversity of worship services and activities of a vibrant downtown church in the heart of the city.
Spiritual Growth Team The mission of the First United Methodist Church Spiritual Growth Team is to awaken the desire to build a closer personal relationship with God, through Christ, for ourselves, our congregation and our community.
Social Concerns In witnessing to God's call for justice and human dignity, the Social Concerns Commission of First United Methodist Church seeks to celebrate diversity, build inclusiveness, and ensure equity for God's people locally.  The Commission facilitates the planning and implementation of activities available to every member and visitor to the Church and community through worship, reflection, education, service and action.  Toward these ends, the Commission partners with the Missions Commission to be responsible for the benevolence, service and social justice ministries of the Church.
Vine/Youth The Vine desires to communicate & celebrate Christ's love with all, while building community, cultivating faith, and caring for others.  We open our doors to all youth and young adults, inclusive of all backgrounds and help them become Disciples of Christ through Christian education and friendships.
Invitational Ministries strives to “Make Disciples”.  We harbor the growth of the congregation by searching for new people attending FUMC worship services.  We are open to all people in all walks of life without regard to race, color, gender, or orientation.  Prospective members are cultivated in a welcoming atmosphere with an historical Wesleyan emphasis and are assisted in finding areas to serve or learn within the church.
Fellowship We facilitate fellowship opportunities to our church members and the wider community to meet, eat, greet and mingle in a caring Christian setting.
The Adult Education Council will develop, implement & promote Christian education opportunities from a United Methodist perspective.  These opportunities will provide life-long learning in group settings, which will help people to grow in their faith & build community within the congregation.
Missions Commission seeks to facilitate a meaningful connection between missions around the world and the spiritual growth experience of every individual of every age at FUMC.  We strive to maximize the impact of the investment of funds, time, and talent entrusted to us, and through prayerful discernment create a balanced portfolio of ministries supported in terms of geography, type of needs addressed, and ministry strategy. 
Childrens Council The Children’s Council of FUMC strives to provide programming that fosters spiritual growth through Christian curriculum opportunities, fellowship, and a strong introduction to missions.  It is our goal to help children gain a tangible knowledge and understanding of God’s love by providing an environment of unconditional love and acceptance.  We aim to ensure that children are influenced by positive adult and youth role models who readily share their own faith of the power of Jesus Christ in the world today.
Work Program - Helping Others Through Gods Loving Grace By creating short-term hourly employment in the central city area, the First United Methodist Church Work Program strives to be an agent of Christ’s love by providing underserved members of the Grand Rapids community a means of earning a small measure of financial independence thereby contributing to their sense of dignity.
Non-COM Committees
The Finance Committee is dedicated to maintaining the financial resources to support the ministries of First Church. We will do this by:
  • Maintaining effective fiduciary oversight of internal financial systems
  • By establishing and monitoring the annual church budget
  • By challenging the church staff and leadership to find innovative and cost-effective management practices
  • Conducting inspired, informative, and faith-based stewardship campaigns
  • Providing year-round stewardship information, education and nurturing to the congregation
Working to continually move First Church to becoming a tithing congregation

Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC)
PPRC is a committee of church members who regularly meet with our pastors to further the mission of the church. The committee helps support our pastors with educational and spiritual growth opportunities and by providing guidance in setting yearly goals, giving on-going constructive feedback, celebrating achievements and successes, and facilitating meaningful communication within the church family.