Our mission at Joliet First is to lead people toward a forward moving relationship with Jesus Our vision is that we would be a community of hope and be hope to our community.  We are learning what it means to become a place and people who exist for Joliet.   In scripture, God calls the farmers to "leave the edge" of their fields for the widow, the orphan, the poor, and the foreigner.  We are asking, what does it look like for us to become the "edges" to our community?  What do we value? 

    SEEK--We believe whatever you seek will become the center of who you are.  Seeking is about aligning our life's habits with God's hopes for the world. We believe one of the greatest ways to seek is through our Sunday weekly gathering. 

    INVEST--We are only as invested as we are committed to a community.  Get invested  by getting connected.  Community Groups are where we make our greatest investment as we learn, share, grow and care for one another.   

    RESTORE-- We believe  a natural response to our relationship with God is an outpouring and willingness to serve, give and love our community, the poor, and those less fortunate. As a missional church, we want to care, clothe, and feed. Currently, we partner with three local and strategic organizations who care for the orphan (Love Moves Us), clothe those in need (Hope Closet), and fills hungry tummies (Hands of Hope).  Head to our restore page to learn how you can get involved. 

    SEND--We believe in making, multiplying and sending leaders to change the world.  Sending is about serving.  Whether you're serving at your job, teaching our students, or planting a church, we believe everyone should be sent in some capacity.  



    I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

    Creator of heaven and earth.

    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord

    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

    And born of the Virgin Mary.

    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    Was crucified, died, and was buried.

    He descended to the dead.

    On the third day he rose again.

    He ascended into heaven,

    And is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit,

    The holy Christian Church,

    The communion of saints,

    The forgiveness of sins,

    The resurrection of the body,

    And the life everlasting. Amen.


    "Let the Church of the Nazarene be true to its commission; not great in elegant buildings;  but to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and wipe away the tears of sorrowing. 

    Our church is  a missionary church.  It knows no difference between home and foreign fields - in these days all fields are near. 

    Everything should say welcome to the poor...The gospel comes to a multitude without money or without price, and the poorest of the poor are entitled to a front seat at the Church of the Nazarene."  


                                              -Phineas Bresee (founding pastor Church of the Nazarene)