Members of First Presbyterian Church are strongly encouraged to participate in what is known as The Andrew Project. Based upon the account found in John 1:29-42, the Andrew Project is an effort of individual members sharing with people they know when questions arise about faith, God, and what it means to be a disciple. (The sermon presentation of the Andrew Project can be found here.)
In a nutshell, we believe our members have an obligation to share their hope, and to share their faith story with people who are yearning to discover the power and message of Jesus Christ in their own lives. Therefore, we must be intentional in our efforts to share the gospel message. But rather than standing on soapboxes, or using high-pressure conversations, we use the Andrew Project to cultivate an attitude, a way of life, for those in our midst. Below, you can find a written version of the Andrew Project:
The Andrew Project
Believing that each member of the Church has a calling to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to bring others to faith in him, I promise to commit myself to the Andrew Project. I will, with God's guidance, seek to bring one person into the faith and fellowship of Christ's Church in the coming year. To this end I commit myself to:
PRAY: I will pray regularly for my Andrew Project, that they might be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit in their life. I will also pray for my own spiritual sensitivity to discern how and when to share my faith with them.
INVITE: I will reach out to invite my Andrew Project, whether unchurched or inactive, to attend worship or other events of the church with me.
ENCOURAGE: I will continue to invite and encourage a deepened faith commitment and participation in the life of the Church by my Andrew Project. I will honestly seek to answer their questions, and will seek help from others as necessary in this task.
WELCOME: I will take personal responsibility to welcome my Andrew Project into the household of faith. I will help them to meet and share with other members of the congregation.
ASSIMILATE: I will continue to mentor my Andrew Project until they are firmly grounded in the faith and/or assimilated into the active life of the Church.
Knowing that faith is a gift we are given by God, I will trust the ministry of the Holy Spirit to guide my actions and inspire my words, to the end that Jesus Christ will be given all glory and honor.