Three film guides are available to help congregations learn about the vision and focus of the Matthew 25 initiative.
Engaging with Matthew 25 and the three areas of focus that make up the vision – building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty – are being addressed in a variety of ways by the 1,100 plus congregations, mid councils and groups that have signed on since its launch in April 2019.
To help foster conversation and action, the PC(USA) has developed three video discussion guides about each of the Matthew 25 foci. The guides include:
Building congregational vitality
The guide looks at five films that demonstrate, despite a myriad of problems, the church can not only survive, but become very much a vital force in bringing change to society.
Dismantling structural racism
The series features films that can help participants see and understand concrete examples of racism and its effects.
Eradicating systemic poverty
The guide looks at five films that inform readers about poverty while encouraging people to move from a place of comfort to join others in doing something for those trapped in poverty.
In December 2021, the Presbytery of Lake Michigan unanimously voted to join Matthew 25 and to encourage 20% or more of its congregations to become Matthew 25 churches.
Five congregations have formally enrolled in the initiative, including First Presbyterian Church of Cadillac, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids, First Presbyterian Church of Holt, First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, and First Presbyterian Church of Lansing. In addition, UKirk at Michigan State University and the Synod of the Covenant have joined the initiative.