Blackhawk Presbytery
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 476
Oregon, IL 61061
779.771.2088 (general inquires)
779.771.1896 (Transformational General Presbyter / Stated Clerk)



Matthew 25

What does it mean to be a Matthew 25 Church?

Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 2016 and 2018 General Assemblies exhorted our denomination to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. By accepting the Matthew 25 challenge, your congregation will join with others in the PC(USA) to become a more relevant presence in your community and the world.

Bringing Matthew 25 into Focus

Are the three foci of the Matthew 25 Vision grounded in Matthew 25:31–46? That question has regularly been asked as people become familiar with the Matthew 25 Vision and its three foci. Consider using this resource as mid council leaders, pastors and staff, session elders and other leaders who will be introducing the Matthew 25 invitation to faith communities.

How do we begin?

All PC(USA) churches and mid-councils have been encouraged to join this movement by pledging to work on one or more of the following focus areas (click each for more information):

Building congregational vitality by challenging people and congregations to deepen their faith and get actively and joyfully engaged with their community and the world.
Eradicating systemic poverty by working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.
Dismantling structural racism by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
Start by visiting the PC(USA) Matthew 25 page. where you can find a sign-up button. Also on this site you will find an amazing number of resources and ideas to assist your church's response and efforts. Blackhawk Presbytery also wants to provide support and encouragement and opportunities to engage with others on the journey. 

The Presbytery of Blackhawk is a Matthew 25 Presbytery 

We rejoice with the following Blackhawk Presbytery churches who have joined this initiative and fervently hope others will commit to becoming a Matthew 25 church also.

Crystal Lake Ridgefield – Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

DeKalb |  Westminster Presbyterian Church

Elgin | First Presbyterian Church

Elwood Elwood Community Church

GalenaFirst Presbyterian Church

Gardner | Church of Hope

Geneva | Fox Valley Presbyterian Church

Gibson City | First Presbyterian Church

Joliet |  Westminster Presbyterian Church

Kankakee First Presbyterian Church

Morrison First Presbyterian Church of Morrison

Oswego | Oswego Presbyterian Church

RockfordThird Presbyterian Church

Sterling | First Presbyterian Church

WoodstockFirst Presbyterian Church



All Church Members are Invited to Join Us for
Blackhawk Presbytery's Roundtable Discussions
1st and 3rd Thursdays:
November 4 at 2 pm

Topic: Structural Racism

November 18 at 2 pm

Topic: Congregational Vitality

(no Roundtables in December)

January 6 at 2 pm

Topic: Systemic Poverty

 1 hour each, on Zoom 

While the zoom invitation for each roundtable will not change, please join our group list to insure you receive the latest information and reminders.

You do not need to be a member of a Matthew 25 congregation.





  • Sterling First Presbyterian was featured in this article from Presbyterians Today magazine: Aligning words and deeds: Congregation reshapes its vision – and mission statement. In it, they share their experience with their beginning steps toward embracing the Matthew 25 Vision.
  • Rev. Lisa Lopez-Meyer, pastor of First Presbyterian of Winnebago received mention in this article: Anti-Racism Work is Heart Work. "Going straight to the Gospel message to “love one another” is one way pastors and lay leaders are finding an entry point to engage their congregations in racial justice matters."   


The PC(USA) Store has a helpful Resource Guide specifically highlighting their titles in relation to the Matthew 25 initiative. It includes acclaimed books, curriculum, children’s books and even policy statements.