Christian Formation and Discipleship


Christian Formation and Discipleship (CFD) is a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Everett. The purpose of CFD is to encourage and facilitate our congregation’s transformation into the image of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be liberated to testify in words and deeds to the Mission and Reign of God in the world. I am in agony until Christ is formed in you (Apostle Paul: Gal. 4:9)

We have developed three sets of strategic principles of Christian Formation through which we seek God’s power to establish, sustain, and renew our faithful identity as God’s people:


Evangelical Principles

CHURCH PRINCIPLE: We don’t go to church; we are the church!

MISSION PRINCIPLE: We don’t have a mission program; we are a people in mission! (i.e. We don’t exist for ourselves but for the world God loves!)


Embodiment Principles

STORY PRINCIPLE: We order our life together according to God’s Story (Church year and Lectionary)!

SPECIAL EVENTS PRINCIPLE: We celebrate our unique identity together in seven annual inter-generational events (Advent Event→Christmas, Ash Wednesday→Lent, Holy Week, Pentecost Event, Vacation Bible School, All Church Retreat, Mission-Tide Series)!

CORE PRACTICES PRINCIPLE: Congregational life consists of six interdependent core practices (worship, listening, learning, fellowship, service and advocacy) that together express our collective redeemed humanity!


Empowerment Principles

REFORMED PRINCIPLE: We are a work in progress (the church reformed and always being reformed by the Word of God), called to life-long repentance!

HOLY SPIRIT PRINCIPLE: We seek empowerment by the Holy Spirit, learning to trust the “logic of the Spirit” (affirmation, crucifixion, transformation) in all we think, feel, and do!


Reel World Cinema XXXV

“Fish Stories”

Spring 2017

This spring we offer a series of films set on the oceans of the world entitled “Fish Stories.” The first three movies will correspond to our annual Earth Care Series and focus on our call to care for the incredibly diverse life that teems in our planet’s oceans. The last four movies of the series focus more on the human dramas of people who make their living on the ocean in search of creatures that bring them life or death. Each of these films is rooted in the work of famous writers

(Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, and Herman Melville).


Potluck Meal at 6:00pm

Movie at 7:00pm

in Calvin Lounge

Discussion following the movie.

PARISH the Thought

By Dr. Dana Wright

Director  of CFD

January 2017

February 2017

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April 2017




W.A.T.CH. (WeAreTheCHurch) helps young people learn the language, meaning, and order of worship in the Presbyterian Church. Young people are dismissed from the adult service after the Passing of the Peace to meet together for continuing worship.



Our children continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew under the theme: "PROJECT 'GO MAKE DISCIPLES.'" They are learning the Gospel of Matthew so they can take its life-giving message to the Planet Xenon in a few weeks. Each week an official from the planet Xenon sends messages to our kids with questions about the meaning of the stories of Matthew's Gospel. And our kids translate the question and then study Matthew in order to answer their alien friends. By learning what it means for the aliens, they learn what it means for their own faith. Classes will meet from 11:20-12:30 (location TBA).




DISCIPLESHIP IN THE SCHOOL OF MATTHEW.  On Wednesday evenings beginning January 4 adults will have an opportunity to engage important passages of Matthew's Gospel as a means to renew discipleship according to Matthew's vision. Classes will meet on Wed. evenings, 7:00-8:30 in Calvin Lounge.  




Earth Care Unit 2017

“Fish Stories”

April 19-May 7

Description: This year our annual Earth Care Series focuses attention on the issue of stewardship of sea life in our threatened oceans. The series is called “Fish Stories” and will include learning events on Sunday morning, Wednesday evening, and the Friday night Reel World Cinema Series. This unit features our annual art contest for the children (and others) encouraging works that communicate faith’s responsibility toward the environment. Here is the list of learning events for this unit.

Fri. Apr. 28th: “Mission Blue” (Fisher Stevens & Bob Nixon, 2014). A biography of The National Geographic’s famous Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle detailing her amazing life.

Sun. Apr. 30th 11:30am - 12:30pm in Calvin Lounge: Alaska’s Groundfish Fisheries: A Success Story of Science, Management, and Industry Collaboration (Austin Estabrooks): A Natural Resource Analyst with At-Sea Processors Association helps us understand how vital science is to our world-class fishing industry

Wed. May 3rd 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Calvin Lounge: Ocean Frontiers, III (2017). A great documentary on the balancing act that attends our stewardship of the ocean.

Fri. May 5th: Movie: “The Host” (Joon-Ho Bong, 2006). A Korean-made comedy, action, horror film about the impact bad stewardship has on sea life.

Sun. May 7th: 11:30am-12:30pm in Calvin Lounge: What Paleo-Oceanography Tells Us about Climate Change (Sarah Myhre). A Paleo-Oceanographer from the University of Washington helps us understand how sediment analysis on the ocean floor tells us what our current climate change signifies.

Earth Care Series (Children and Youth, April 23, 30, May 7): “Fish Stories and Faith: Stewardship of Our Oceans and Christian Discipleship,” Children and youth will be studying Scripture that helps them understand biblical stewardship of ocean life. This unit includes our annual Earth Care Art Contest, with works to be displayed on May 12)