First Presbyterian is an intentional community of faith whose members and friends are committed to being a beacon of hope and light to downtown Boise. Our commitment is to be a vital part of the community and to be a faithful presence in the heart of Boise.
Being a Presbyterian
Presbyterians are a specific sect of Christianity and part of the Reformed tradition. Like all Christians, we believe that our Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins. Differing a little from some sects, we profess that it is only through the grace of God that we repent and are forgiven. We also believe in the Trinity - that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one and inseparable. We place an emphasis on developing a personal relationship with God. It is our deepest desire to walk with Christ in our daily lives and spread His love to the world. Our believes can be nicely summed up in the Apostle's Creed.
You may also notice some additional characteristics while attending a Presbyterian Church. Perhaps most notable is the fact that we are governed by an elected group of members termed Elders. They oversee the Church's administration and policy. They are aided by another elected group termed Deacons who help the Church by volunteering their time to carry out many day to day functions. On a larger scale, we are part of Presbytery of Boise and the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). You may also notice a general emphasis on learning. We encourage lifelong learning both in secular and religious domains.
We are: A welcoming faith community committed to worshiping God, serving our neighbors and the world through Christ's transforming love.
Becoming A Member
Becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church is a way to further enhance your understanding and connection to your church and its family.
At First Presbyterian Church, Boise, we believe that we all are part of the one body of Christ, God's Church. If you are worshipping with us for the first or second or the hundredth time you are welcomed as a member of this faith community. We are brought together through our common relationship with God, all of us blessed with gifts from God. All are invited and encouraged to share those gifts in the ministries and mission of the church. We are each unique with a singular responsibility to share what God has given us individually as we join together as a congregation to further God's mission in the world.
We have found that we are most faithful when there is a balance between giving and receiving, between serving and being served. As we travel along this faith journey together folks are invited to participate in a new membership class that is offered a number of times throughout the year. This class looks at the desire we can further that shared purpose through worship, fellowship and mission. Often this time together results in folks expressing a desire to stand before the congregation and express their desire to be received into formal membership in this congregation of God's church.
Membership classes are offered in three month cycles throughout the year.
Ruling elders are congregational members who have accepted a nomination to serve a three year term on the church's Session, or ruling body. Following guidelines laid out in the Book of Order, the Session meets to set church policy, provide future direction and deal with church issues. Ruling Elders also sit on committees that make recommendations to the Session for decision making.
Deacons are congregational members who have accepted a nomination to serve a three year term on the church's Board of Deacons. Following guidelines laid out in the Book of Order, Deacons provide services within the church, including; serving communion, providing visits for home-bound and hospitalized church members, coordinating memorial service receptions, and serving as ushers and greeters