PREVIEW OF THE august 2014 ISSUE
Converted at seminary
By Frank Yamada
The top five reasons theological education matters
I have had two conversions in my life. The first happened when I converted from my Buddhist upbringing to Christianity at 19. I quickly joined a 20,000-person megachurch and dropped out of premed to become a religion major at the nearest Christian liberal arts college. This decision was not popular in the Yamada household. I was neither a Christian nor the son of a Christian. I was a dentist’s son.
The seminary revolution
Radical new approaches at San Francisco Theological Seminary respond to financial struggles and the changing needs of the church.
By Jerry L. Van Marter
Jana Childers remembers the last time San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) “redesigned” its master of divinity curriculum. “It was 2004, and after two years of study, all we did was tweak a couple of courses here and there,” the SFTS dean says. “One faculty member, Antoinette Wire, looked at her colleagues,” Childers recalls, “and said with tongue firmly in cheek, ‘I think we can do this.’ ”Continue reading
Small residential program offers pastoral training as alternative to ordination.
By Emily Enders Odom
As if doing church a different way weren’t enough, the Church of All Nations—a vibrant, multicultural church in suburban Minneapolis—is now doing seminary a different way.Continue reading
One in mission | Linda Valentine
Benefits of a broader focus
Two years ago, I had the privilege of attending the inauguration of Frank Yamada as the 10th president of McCormick Theological Seminary. Swept up by the pageantry of the academic procession, I marveled at the gathering’s racial-ethnic diversity, beginning with Frank himself, the first Asian American president of a PC(USA) seminary. I was also struck by the generational diversity, including young adults all seeking to discern their God-given time and place to lead and shape the church.
What seminary can do for you
Do you live near a PC(USA)-related seminary? Besides providing congregations with theologically trained pastors and serving as centers for discourse and research, seminaries have much to offer Presbyterians. They provide continuing education for pastors and lay leaders, and they often offer workshops, retreats, lectures, and other special events that are open to the public.Continue reading
August | 1001 Worshiping Communities
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary equips pastors to join the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement.
Right now, in Pittsburgh, seminarians are dreaming of planting new churches. A pizza-and-ice-cream shop might use recipes from local households in the hope of building community and seeing a new church sprout from those relationships. A house church called the Porch might seek stability in a tumultuous neighborhood. And a group of animal lovers could pray together while walking their dogs and meeting in one another’s homes for worship and Bible study.
Guide to Young Adult Ministry: online bonuses
From a millennial music playlist to conversations about pop culture, local-food advocacy, a "back to the land" movement, and managing student loan debt, these exciting online bonuses are sure to make your experience of this special edition truly interactive.Continue reading
Wreck this church
What kimchi, a presbytery revival, and something called Wreck This Journal have to teach a changing church
By Theresa Cho
I can only go a few days without kimchi—at most a week. Then my body begins to crave it. Just saying the word kimchi tickles my salivary glands and makes my mouth water. Kimchi is a staple Korean dish. No matter how delectable the spread of food, without kimchi, the meal is incomplete. There are all kinds of kimchi, but the most popular is spicy fermented cabbage. Growing up, I watched my mother and women from the church gather around large round bins as their hands massaged the napa cabbage, pulling back each leaf and rubbing it with the spicy pepper mixture. The kimchi is then put in jars to ferment and ripen.Continue reading
Top nine must-see Presbyterian YouTube videos
Presbyterians turn on the camera and go beyond their walls
Check out these fun videos and add to the list by posting a comment.Continue reading
This special issue is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service.
Decluttering for Christmas, the new Advent Calendar from Presbyterians Today, is now available for pre-order!
NEW THIRD EDITION. Presbyterians Today’s special issue and guidebook — “Welcome to the Presbyterian Church!” — is a wonderful introduction and overview of all things Presbyterian.