Theology and Worship

How can the church fulfill its calling to worship God, to think responsibly about its faith, and to be obedient to God in all areas of life? The Office of Theology and Worship works in partnership with persons throughout the church, providing services and resources to help congregations strive for integrity in theology, worship, and mission.

The Office of Theology and Worship participates in the church’s calling to love God and neighbor with heart, soul, and mind. The Office of Theology and Worship encourages the whole church—its congregations, ministers, and members—in faithful thinking, praying, and living.

Under the leading of the Holy Spirit, our work is structured by the needs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a particular expression of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, the body of Christ. The Office of Theology and Worship focuses its work in four areas:

  • Ministers: The Office of Theology and Worship supports pastors and other church leaders in claiming the church’s theological and liturgical tradition. The office strives to enhance the church’s ability to think faithfully about the reign of God in the world.
  • Congregations: The Office of Theology and Worship supports congregations in fostering faithful worship and deeper engagement in the Christian faith, assisting them in interpreting the gospel and the Reformed tradition in the North American context.
  • Governing Bodies: The Office of Theology and Worship supports the ministry of the General Assembly, synods, and presbyteries. The office fulfills mandates from the General Assembly and assists all governing bodies to engage theological, confessional, ethical, and liturgical issues.
  • The Church Ecumenical: The Office of Theology and Worship works to engage Presbyterians in the search for the visible unity of Christ’s Church, for the sake of the gospel. The office facilitates participation in national and international conversations concerning common faith, common worship, and common witness.

The Office of Theology and Worship seeks to be captive to the Word of God, relying upon the witness of the Old and New Testament Scriptures and the guidance of The Book of Confessions in theological and ethical formation. The office depends upon the Directory for Worship as it develops resources and programs that enrich the church’s worship life.

Our mission is to serve the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by enabling reflection on the resources of the Christian faith to illumine our thinking, enliven our praying, and empower our living for the sake of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is worshiped and glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

Programs and Services

The Office of Theology and Worship has a number of programs designed to carry out our mission. Links to each program are below.

Company of Pastors

Company of New Pastors

Theological Conversations

Worship

Office of Theology and Worship

Presbyterian Mission Agency

100 Witherspoon St.
Louisville, KY 40202

To reach the Theology and Worship staff by phone, dial (toll free) (800) 728-7228, then dial the person’s extension number when prompted.

You can also fax the Theology and Worship staff at (502) 569-8060.

The Office of Theology and Worship includes work in theology, worship, spiritual formation, and interfaith relations.


David Gambrell

David Gambrell
Associate for Worship
Editor, Call to Worship
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Charles Wiley

Charles A. Wiley, III
Coordinator, Office of Theology and Worship
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(502) 569-5734


Leann Poole
Budget Specialist, Office of Theology and Worship
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Catherine Reuning

Catherine Reuning
Meeting Planning Specialist, Office of Theology and Worship
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(502) 569-5732


Karen Russell

Karen Russell
Program Assistant, Office of Theology and Worship
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(502) 569-5401

Resources

The Belhar Confession

The full version of the Confession of Belhar, originally published September 1986. This version was added to the Book of Confessions in 2016 by the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at its meeting in Portland, Oregon. This is a translation of the original Afrikaans text of the confession as it was adopted… Read more »

Nuestro camino difícil: La fidelidad, el sexo, la ordenación y el matrimonio

La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.), en sus decisiones recientes acerca de la ordenación y del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, está tratando de trazar un camino hacia adelante que es retador. Hemos decidido no declarar, como denominación si las relaciones sexuales entre personas de un mismo sexo pueden ser (dentro de ciertas condiciones como… Read more »

우리가 선택한 도전의 길: 충실함, 성, 안수 및 결혼

미국 장로교는 안수 및 동성 결혼에 대한 최근의 결정들 속에서 도전의 길을 헤치고 앞으로 나아가려는 시도를 하고 있다. 우리는 한 교단으로서 동성간의 성적 관계들 (특정한 조건 하에서: 결혼 관계나 어떤 형태로든지 명백한 헌신적 관계 하에서)을 기독교 신앙에 충실하고 거룩한 것으로 여겨야 할지 말지에 관해 선포하지 않기로 결정했다. 우리는 이러한 입장을 두 번 취했다: 안수와 관련하여… Read more »

Our Challenging Way: Faithfulness, Sex, Ordination and Marriage

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in recent decisions on ordination and same-gender marriage, is attempting to map a challenging way forward. We have decided not to declare as a denomination whether same-gender sexual relationships are to be regarded as faithful and holy. We have set ourselves on this way twice: regarding ordination and regarding marriage. This… Read more »
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