Partnerships and Affiliations
The First Presbyterian Church and GIELD are partnering on several projects. We joined forces to launch the monthly Norfolk Senior Pastors Roundtable with the City Manager of Norfolk. The roundtable organizes efforts to address the issues of racial harmony in Norfolk, support for the Norfolk Public Schools, and economic empowerment for Norfolk residents. Additionally, This initiative has fortified unity among ministry leadership in Norfolk through prayer and fellowship.
In 2012, we joined forces to develop an urban residency program. Students have opportunity for urban immersion in Norfolk with housing on the campus of FPC and given a 12-month, hands-on experience in igniting urban transformation from a Christian perspective.
2014 brought another partnership with GIELD, involving launching Chosen for Completion and Cradock Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth.
Chosen for Completion
A Kingdom partnership between First Presbyterian Church Norfolk, Circle of Grace and Cradock Presbyterian Church Portsmouth - a church plant.
In 2014 a former NFL player turned preacher of the gospel, Nathaniel Griffin of Circle of Grace, moved his family into the old Cradock neighborhood of Portsmouth. He joined forces with Dr. Antipas Harris of Circle of Grace Center for Empowerment and Leadership Development, FPC Norfolk and Cradock Presbyterian Church to birth a new, vibrant, community-focused mission called Chosen for Completion (C4C).
Cradock Presbyterian Church Portsmouth
Cradock Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth is excited to be a part of this creative church plant model with Circle of Grace, Chosen for Completion and FPC Norfolk. Cradock's congregation has dwindled in recent years; its session was considering closing the doors. Now that won’t be necessary.
FELLOWSHIP OF PRESBYTERIANS
“The mission of The Fellowship of Presbyterians is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. ”
The Fellowship of Presbyterians began in January 2011 as a conversation between seven pastors who wanted to find new ways to encourage each other in common faith, ministry, and mission. They dreamed of reclaiming a covenanted biblical community, where unity is derived from a clearly articulated theology and a shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and where new generations of leaders are nurtured to speak the gospel into a rapidly-changing world.