The Mission of POPC

Our Purpose As A Church

We live to demonstrate to the world the magnificent beauty of Jesus Christ and the power of His life-transforming presence.

Our Vision As A Church

So that all may see Christ in us and come to love and trust Him, we will by grace:

A.  Worship the Lord in all of life with a vibrant faith
(up)            (worship)           (faith)

B.  Build up His community through sacrificial love
(in)           (community)       (love)

C.  Thrust out the hope of His Gospel locally, nationally, and internationally
(out)          (mission)           (hope)

Our Dream for POPC based on God’s Promises is:

A family where people experience the passionate life-transforming love of God for us in Christ and therefore, living out of the liberty and joy of His love, we live our whole lives for His honor, and demonstrate deep affection and care for each other and this fallen world in sacrificial ways.  We desire to love God’s Kingdom & His will more than we love the things of this world & our own will.

“For the commandments . . .  are summed up in this word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9

Called and Enabled to Love our Neighbors

Compelled by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and enabled by the Holy Spirit, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, sharing the Gospel in word and deed and living in authentic, humble, and empathetic relationship, to the end that Christ be glorified and His church be built up.   Our neighbors include all people with whom God brings us into contact, whether we already have a relationship or not.  Our neighbors include those who are already part of our daily lives; those near to us with whom we do not yet have a relationship; and even those with whom we have brief encounters.

A Pursuing, Christ-like Love

Our church’s local neighborhood, a diverse community, is one of our primary mission fields.  “God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18), has placed us here.  Diversity exists in many forms, including race, education, socioeconomic level, physical or mental capacity, cultural preferences, and many more besides.  Living amid diversity is not always comfortable.  Christ-like love is selfless and willing to forgo its own comforts for the sake of others. It pursues outsiders in their need to bring them into the family of faith.  For such once were we.

Diverse and United

The unity of the saints, even amid great diversity, is to be a hallmark of the Church of Jesus Christ.  This unity is compelled and enabled by our common position and posture in Christ.  The local church should reflect the diversity of its mission field.  Diversity, however, is not so much a goal as a fruit.  As the people of God are faithful to their calling to love our neighbors, because we and our neighbors are diverse, the local church, in its people, practice and worship, will necessarily become more diverse.  Such diversity should be expected, prayed for, desired, encouraged, prepared for, welcomed, and celebrated.

Our Witness and Our Future

As Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church loves its neighborhood, it should become more diverse. And as this increasingly diverse body of believers loves one another, it will live out the gospel to a watching world, and He will call His own through this witness. We long with a sure hope to join with “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” Rev 7:9-10

“And above all things, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Col 3:15

Our Invitation To You

We long for you to join us in this, the only life truly worth living!