Matthew 25

First Presbyterian Church Omaha is a Matthew 25 Church

“Matthew 25” is an initiative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that encourages congregations to take on Jesus’ calling from Matthew 25 in the Bible’s New Testament:

I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me. – Matthew 25:40 (NLT)

What is a Matthew 25 Church?

Matthew 25:31-46 calls all believers to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. A Matthew 25 church is called to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. Churches work toward one or more of three goals: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.

What does a Matthew 25 church look like when…?

…Building Congregational Vitality?

A Matthew 25 church that strives for congregational vitality is active and deeply involved in the mission of God in their community and the world. The church is powerfully focused on growing as disciples in the way of Jesus Christ.

…Dismantling Structural Racism?

A Matthew 25 church addresses structural racism by actively working with policymakers to change laws and policies that promote housing discrimination, deny access to quality education, employment, adequate health care, food scarcity, mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipeline and environmental racism.

…Working to Eradicate Systemic Poverty?

A Matthew 25 church becomes aware and works to eradicate structures in society that all but guarantees that people living in poverty will stay that way. Systemic poverty refers to the economic exploitation of people who are poor through laws, policies, practices and systems that perpetuate the impoverished status.

Matthew 25 Hand Up Mission

Many thanks to all the participants in the Hand Up for Housing mission.  The partnerships formed over the past several months has been most helpful in providing support to the three housing agencies: Youth Emergency Services (YES), Heartland Family Services and Open Door Mission – Lydia House.

Thanks to your support, the Hand Up for Housing mission raised over $15,000! Through matching funds, the three agencies each received $10,000 to help provide housing assistance to local youth and families.  The Central Mission fund also provided each agency an additional $10,000 in support of the Hand Up for Housing mission.

Therefore, through Hand Up for Housing fundraising efforts and that of The Central Mission Fund, each agency received $20,000.
What a difference this can make in the lives of our neighbors!

You can support the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Mission by participating in the Walk-A-Thon on October 9, 2022.

More details will be posted throughout the summer on this page.

In the meantime, please click the link below to donate.

Donations to Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk are tax-deductible. Matthew 25 Hand Up Mission’s federal tax identification number is #47-0376543. Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Mission is a community endeavor to provide awareness for housing needs, assist with housing rent, promote advocacy and seek equitable housing for those in need.

Did you Know…

Housing Facts in the Omaha Community

  • One in 5 households make less than $25,000 per year
  • 50% of local renters spend more than 1/3 of their income on housing
  • The average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment is $665 per month. A renter needs to hold a full time $14 an hour job to pay rental costs
  • A residence is considered overcrowded if there is more than one person per room in the home
  • Approximately 2,000 individuals find themselves homeless every night

Thank you to the following Sponsors of the Matthew Hand Up for Housing Mission:

Matthew 25 Level Sponsors:

Community Lever Sponsors:

Hand-Up Level Sponsors: