a Matthew 25 church

Scriptural Basis: Matthew 25:31-46

In September 2020, the session of Indianola Presbyterian voted to become a “Matthew 25 Church” as part of the initiative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) by recognizing Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action where God’s love, justice, and mercy shine forth and are contagious.

Convicted by Matthew 25:31-46, and in response to the exhortation of the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) of the PC(USA) we plan to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. By doing so, we pledge to embrace these three areas of focus: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty.

By accepting the Matthew 25 invitation, IPC can help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world. We rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission. There are already PC(USA) congregations that identify themselves as Matthew 25 churches. We aim to help multiply this loving commitment to radical and fearless discipleship by partnering with them to help embrace these three focuses:

by challenging people to deepen their faith and get actively and joyfully engaged with their community and the world.

by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices
and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.

by working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society
that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.