Last October I wrote about Calvary’s decision to become a Matthew 25 church, adopting a bold
vision to live out our faith through service.
I noted the national church’s recommendation that Matthew 25 churches focus on three areas:
- Building Congregational Vitality
- Dismantling Structural Racism, and
- Eradicating Systemic Poverty.
At Calvary, we are already working in these areas through Faith in Action, including our significant support for our main nonprofits: Boys & Girls Clubs, New Door Venture, Raphael House, and San Francisco Achievers.
These four partners have been known up to this point as our “breaking cycles of poverty” partners. Session recently approved a name change: from “breaking cycles of poverty” partners to “Matthew 25 Partners for Change.” This name change more accurately reflects the work of these four nonprofits, which includes various efforts to level the playing field, not only anti-poverty work, and conforms to the broader social change vision of a Matthew 25 church.
When you see “Matthew 25 Partners for Change,” remember – it’s just a new name for our four major nonprofit partners!