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The 25 Ways

We, the church family of First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, deeply believe that  in life and in death we belong—body and soul—to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore, we trust that Jesus has fully paid for our sins and set us free from the tyranny of selfishness, evil, and death. We also believe that we belong to one another. Though we’re all frail and broken people, we’re striving to create here “an atmosphere thick with love” by encouraging and reminding each other to lean into a community committed to knowing God and making God known. The following “ways” are based on the Bible, God’s Word, and are meant to aid us in becoming people who reflect God’s image. They’re not rules or laws to be obeyed but rather reminders, encouragers and prompts pointing us to the ways we should live with one another to reflect that image.
At this important moment in our congregation’s history, we’re giving intentional and focused attention to how we can better “be the church”. This means we’re thinking about the atmosphere or culture of our congregation. We’ve identified 25 culture statements or “ways” that we’ll consider week by week. You’ll hear about our Way of the Week in worship and at almost any meeting or study that happens. The idea is that we’re all trying to learn or be reminded of how we can be the strongest and healthiest people we can be for God’s purpose and glory.
 

As a people who’ve experienced the merciful welcome of Jesus Christ, we belong to Him and to one another. In our desire to grow deeper in our faith, stronger in our love, and more effective in our service, we’ve outlined the following ways.

 
Rest your pointer on each of the WAYS graphics to read about the WAY; then click to go to the WAY page where you will find so much more!
 
 
WAY #1
BE THIRD
God is first, others are second, and you’re third. Don’t just think about yourself, your own interests, but be interested in others. Don’t think less of yourself, just think of yourself less and others more.
 
WAY #2
SPEAK THE TRUTH WITH LOVE
Speak honestly and directly in a way that clearly reflects love and support for one another. Be courageous enough to say what needs to be said, even when it’s difficult.
 
WAY #3
LISTEN GENEROUSLY
Be quick to listen and do so with your undivided attention.  Minimize the distractions and let go of the need to agree or disagree.  Suspend your judgement and be curious…
 
WAY #4
ALWAYS ENCOURAGE
AND CELEBRATE
Show gratitude and appreciation by regularly acknowledging the good works you see everywhere.  Look for signs of spiritual growth and maturity…
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WAY #5
ASSUME POSITIVE INTENT
Decide to trust that other members are being fair, honest, and concerned for the well-being of our church. Set aside your own judgments and preconceived notions.
 
WAY #6
FORGIVE… AGAIN
Just as God forgives us, heal relationships by extending forgiveness graciously and generously. Forgive everyone everything. Start by praying for those you resent or hate.
 
 
WAY #7
CELEBRATE OUR UNITY,
SAVOR OUR DIVERSITY
We’re all one in Christ; so thank God that, like parts of the human body, we’re not all the same. Be open to learning from others, regardless of their age, background, experience…
 
WAY #8
JUMP IN
Life is full of unexpected problems and needs, large and small. Pay attention to moments when God calls you to action, no matter how ordinary or extraordinary the situation…
 
WAY #9
PRAY FIRST AND PRAY AGAIN 
Ask first for God’s guidance and blessing in everything you do. Through prayer, ask for wisdom and for God’s will to be done. Pray for others as well, that God’s love and mercy…
 
 
WAY #10
JOIN HANDS
Work as a team. Collaborate with each other, our professional staff, our lay leaders, and our congregants to find the best solutions. Collaboration lightens the load, generates better…
 
WAY #11
MAKE OTHERS AT HOME HERE
Warmly welcome newcomers and visitors. Offer your name with a smile. Reach out and greet the person you don’t know after worship, during Coffee Hour, in Youth Group or Sunday…
 
 
WAY #12
OWN OUR CHURCH
The work of the church isn’t defined by pastors and staff alone; it comes from each member actively participating in the life of Jesus Christ. Claim ownership of FPCM’s mission…
 
WAY #13
OPEN DOORS FOR
OTHERS TO LEAD
Encourage others to step into leadership by sharing responsibilities and mentoring. Let go of the jobs you’ve always done and allow new leaders…
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WAY #14
GROW FAITH
Take advantage of every chance you have to form your faith—through small groups, classes, and personal study. Be a disciple and look to learn from those who know more of the Bible…
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WAY #15
WELCOME CHANGE
Be curious about new ideas, perspectives, and approaches. Get excited by the possibilities that change can bring. What worked in the past won’t always work in the future, for God…
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WAY #16
GIVE CHEERFULLY
Rejoice, you get to give! Think of giving as a privilege rather than an obligation, a joy instead of a burden. As you consider all that’s been entrusted to you—time, abilities and money—ask…
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WAY #17
SHOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE
Our church is for “real” people. Bring your true self, your joys, your sorrows, your fears, your strengths and your weaknesses. God loves you as you are. Don’t hide your struggles, failures…
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WAY #18
ASK FOR HELP
Part of being a real and authentic member of the church is to acknowledge your weaknesses and to be willing to ask for God’s help and the support of others.
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WAY #19
ACCEPT AND
DON’T CAST STONES
God’s love opens the doors of our church to all people. Just as Jesus did, welcome people as they are. It’s not up to us to judge. Love unconditionally…
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WAY #20
FIND STRENGTH IN BELONGING
At FPCM, you’re loved and valued. Claim us as your family. Rather than withdrawing, allowstruggles and disappointments to deepen your sense of belonging.
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WAY #21
YOU’RE SENT, NOW GO
We’re blessed to be a blessing. God intends to use you to bless, heal, restore, and liberate a dark and hurting world. We’re here for others: our families, our community, and the world.
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WAY #22
REST AND REFLECT
Make time in your week to step back from work, school, and stressful demands. Since Christ has freed us, we no longer have to be obsessively driven. Take a walk, play, nap, meet up…
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WAY #23
WORSHIP WITH YOUR
WHOLE HEART
Your life is meant to be an act of worship. Every breath, action, and thought flows from God and can bring Him glory. Praise God everywhere and embrace…
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WAY #24
TELL YOUR STORY
God has done and is doing something unique in your life. Has God answered a prayer, provided help, or blessed you? Share it. Ask God for opportunities to share your…
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WAY #25
REJOICE ALWAYS
The Kingdom of God is a party! Let healthy laughter fill our meetings, our meals, and even our worship. Let the joy of our faith be clearly evident in our speech and on our faces.
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We have compiled our 25 WAYS into one – easy to study, good to have on hand – booklet for you.