Conceived in September 2008, and born out of a series of prayer meetings between 2009-2010, Metro Presbyterian Church was founded with the vision to transform the city by equipping its “leaders” and renewing its communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Metro seeks to gather urbanized professionals in the Philadelphia area to build a Gospel-focused community for worship and life together as a congregation—training and mobilizing to re-build the city. Anyone with a desire to deeply know and experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ is welcome; we pray that you are drawn to our core values—the engine that drives all that we do.
Every part of the name Metro Presbyterian Church resonates with regards to the type of ministry we hope to be, and the type of community we desire to foster. A member of Metro Presbyterian Church embraces the “whole” of Philadelphia (thus, metro) for the sake of advancing the Gospel of God’s Kingdom, His Church. In Jeremiah 29, the prophet assured God’s people, who felt abandoned by God because they were living as exiles in a foreign country, that He had not forgotten them, but had special plans for them. Rather than living in religious “enclaves”, the people were taught, “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce…Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper (Jeremiah 29:5-7).” In other words, rather than dismissing the city and its people, we are to help rebuild it by residing and working there; we are to seek its peace and prosperity because the Lord is doing His redeeming work in the city through His people.
The word Presbyterian drives at the Scriptural, theological, and historical roots (the centrality of the Gospel as captured in the Reformation movement) to which we anchor our faith, character, work, lifestyles, and community. However, it’s a heavy word that often gets misconstrued to mean “traditionalistic”, “academic”, or “uptight”. In order to counter-balance the word Presbyterian, we pursued a name that embodies the city-suburban dynamic: people who have a heart for the city, with personalities descriptive of the character of Philadelphia who live in, work in, or are partakers in the benefits of residing by a large city. Our target audience: the “regional rail” community, the people who live in the “metropolitan” region, and travel to, and from, Philadelphia each day. Metro Presbyterian Church is a church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and subscribes to its constitution, theological underpinnings, and form of government.