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 XXXVII (Fall, 2017)

“Demagoguery and Democracy:

Corrupted Truth and Manipulative  

Politics in American Cinema, 1930–1970”

 Democracy thrives only when the powers of persuasion that shape public life and discourse remain bridled to truth. When this crucial linkage is decoupled, the void opened up becomes fertile ground for demagogues to control the body politics. They convince us that we’ve lost our way; they scapegoat those who are to blame; and they anoint their plan as the only path back to “greatness.” We will view and discuss six cinematic depictions of demagoguery in American politics from 1930 to 1970 that shed light on how this kind of anti-democratic impulse takes hold in American society.


Potluck Meal at 6:00pm

Movie at 7:00pm

in Calvin Lounge

Discussion following the movie.

**PLEASE NOTE: All the King's Men, originally scheduled for November 10th, has been moved to

November 3rd.**

PARISH the Thought

By Dr. Dana Wright

Director  of CFD

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017


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