Models of ministry
Many PC(USA) presbyteries are finding creative solutions to the challenges of calling leadership to serve small congregations. Follow the links below to find stories, models, resources, and contacts to learn more.
- Tentmaking or bi-vocational ministry
- Orderly exchange with Formula Partner Churches
- Cooperative ministries, cooperative parishes
- Pastors for new immigrants
- Commissioned Ruling Elders
In exploring together how larger churches can help to empower smaller, neighboring congregations, Bedford Central Presbyterian Church and Duryea Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., discovered an exciting new way to grow Christ’s church deep and wide by sharing resources for ministry. Key among those resources are the church’s leaders, especially Ted Hickman, a financial management executive and an elder at Bedford Central, who heard God’s call to go deeper into ministry by supplying Duryea’s pulpit. Hickman, a Commissioned Lay Pastor, has been instrumental in helping to turn the small, fragile Duryea church around. Not only has the partnership energized and renewed both congregations, it has strengthened Christ’s witness in the community. Length: 5:32
Ministry to Military
Have you seen them lately in the stores, the schools, and throughout the community? The families of Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard military members are all around us. They could be your neighbors! As increasing numbers of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard people are being deployed throughout the world, the ongoing threat to them is felt deeply and painfully by their family members back home.