Mission

First Presbyterian Church is a mission-minded congregation. We serve all people without regard to sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, family structure, or ability. We seek to joyfully embrace the diversity of God’s creatures.

Our mission committee leads and empowers our congregation to respond to Jesus’ commission to go into the world to witness, teach, preach and exemplify the good news of Jesus Christ. Four principles guide our mission work:

  1. We pray for God’s guidance continually in our decisions.

  2. We target missions where we can make a significant difference.

  3. We select missions that intentionally share the good news in addition to modeling Christ’s love.

  4. We aim to develop a personal relationships with our mission partners.


And I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
’Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’
Then I said,
’Here am I! Send me.’
— Isaiah 6:8

We participate in (and sometime lead!) more than thirty mission projects, in Grinnell, Iowa, and the ends of the earth.

Missions serving Our Community

  • Grinnell Community Meal is served every Tuesday evening at Davis Elementary School in Grinnell. The meal is FREE and open to the public. Our church hosts and prepares a meal each year.

  • Microloan Program offers interest-free loans for local residents through Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell.

  • Highway cleanup of U.S. highway 6, east of Grinnell.

  • Rides for Medical Appointments provided by church members so that people can attend their out-of-town medical appointments.

  • Grinnell College’s Food Recovery Network disperse food for distribution to community members.

  • Deacon-hosted events to raise funds for local charities.

  • Minister’s Local Mission Fund is budgeted money to help those in need with food and utility bills.

  • MICA’s Food Pantry

  • Mental Health Coalition

  • Dental Coalition

  • 100+ People Who Care

  • Ethiopia Project

  • Friends for International Harmony

Ecumenical Missions

Our congregation seeks to partner with other churches and Christians in serving others in need.

  • Heifer International provides animals, seeds, and water purification.

  • One Great Hour of Sharing supports relief and self-help in third world countries through an offering taken once a year.

  • Take Away Hunger packages dry rice, soy protein, vitamins and vegetables for people in Central America, Haiti and other third world countries with some distributed locally for our local food bank.

  • Presbyterian Women host an annual “Muffins for Missions” with proceeds for mission needs.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Missions

The Presbyterian Mission Agency is the ministry and mission agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Four ministry areas carry out our work:

  1. Compassion, Peace & Justice

  2. Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries

  3. Theology, Formation, & Evangelism

  4. World Mission

In more than 50 countries around the world, PC(USA) partners with local churches and faith communities bound by our fundamental unity in our Lord Jesus, bringing together U.S. congregations and mid-councils with our brother and sisters in Christ around the world.