Welcome to Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC), located on the west side of Houston at the corner of Memorial Drive and Blalock. Our address is 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024, and our telephone number is 713-782-1710.
We are a congregation of real live people who face real live problems with hope and joy because of the powerful presence of Jesus Christ whose loving Spirit we encounter each day. We have been drawn together into a caring family, and out of gratitude for all that Christ is doing for us, we seek to serve others.
This online resource provides a brief sketch of the church’s life. To get a full picture, come join us as we share the wonder of living in Christ’s fellowship. We hope the navigation of our site is intuitive and that you will find the information you are seeking as well as sense the spirit of our congregation. Also, each webpage on our site is searchable by typing in your search word in the search box located at the top right of the MDPC Home page. Let’s start with links to information that tells you:
Who We Are
- The sovereignty of God
- The centrality of Jesus Christ
- The authority of scripture
- Justification by grace through faith
- The priesthood of all believers
Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ.
The Three Pillars of MDPC
Partner in Prayer
First, our house shall be called a house of prayer. (Matthew 21:13) Prayer guides our major policy decisions as well as our everyday lives. Our Partners in Prayer commit to fulfilling our goal that every member be prayed for every day. This is accomplished through the efforts of over 600 volunteers who annually commit to pray for approximately 10 individuals each day.
Second, in obedience to Christ’s teaching, we are committed to a Dollar-for-Dollar benevolence program. Since the church’s inception in 1954 and continuing to the present, we annually set a goal of matching the money spent in the operation of the church and its programs with giving to those in need in the community and the world. Annually, this works out to approximately $4 Million that goes directly to missionaries, mission agencies, and mission parters, both here in Houston and globally.
The allocation and administration of these funds is the responsibility of MDPC’s Outreach Ministries, who annually review funding requests, visit partners, and provide emotional and physical support to the 140+ beneficiaries of this congregation’s commitment to generosity.
The BLESS Challenge
Recently, a third principle has been enacted. Rooted in a simple philosophy of taking actions that in and of themselves seem small, we are engaging in a collective call to BLESS others. BLESS is an acronym for:
B) Bless Everyone
L) Listen to God
E) Eat with Someone
S) Study Jesus
S) Serve Generously
Our Mission Statement and Vision
Our Vision Application is the BLESS challenge. We desire to be a faithful missional community where people discover the transforming love of Jesus Christ, grow in their faith and dedication, and use their God-given talents and resources to help others experience God’s love. BLESS is not a program. Rather, it is a series of practices that we believe will help us live a complete and balanced life in Christ.
These practices are:
- Bless Everyone
- Listen to God
- Eat with Someone
- Study Jesus
- Serve Generously
These actions are focus areas for us to apply the vision in our individual lives, on our campus, and throughout the world.
- We continually seek the will of God, believing that God is always offering people creative ways to serve in the church and in the world. We believe we must take risks as we respond to God’s challenges.
- We believe worship is the central act of the people of God. Worship is highly participatory and is the hub from which prayer, study, service, stewardship, care for one another, fellowship, evangelism, and servant leadership emerge.
- Following the guidance of the Westminster Confession, we affirm that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience. We acknowledge that the Bible is a record of God’s continuing loving relationship with humanity, as well as a rich source of guidance for our lives.
- We believe that prayer is a dialogue with God that provides nourishment and strength for living. As we respond to God’s activity in the world and in our lives, we bring to God our deepest concerns and submit them to God’s sovereign will.
- We feel we have an obligation to provide a Christian education program through which every child, youth, and adult can understand the basic doctrine of the Christian faith, apply the teachings of the Bible to the practical situations of our lives, and grow toward Christian maturity.
- We believe that every Christian is called to worship God regularly, to discover God’s love and God’s will, and to demonstrate God’s love to others.
- We believe that the biblical concept of percentage giving is a joyful response to God’s grace in Jesus Christ and an inestimable privilege. We challenge every member to be intentional, not only about pledging but also about moving systematically toward the tithe and beyond it to radical generosity.