Preview of the MARCH 2015 Issue:
Presbyterian Resource Guide for Ministry
Top 14 ways the Presbyterian Mission Agency can help
Why we’re part of a connected church with international resources and relationships
1 Faith in action. We’re here to help you find the particular calling God has placed on your life. Maybe you’ll devote a year to service by becoming a Young Adult Volunteer, travel to the United Nations to help set global standards for gender equality, begin a ministry with veterans, or start a community garden.
2 Worship. Whether you’re looking for a daily devotional app, the new Presbyterian hymnal, or creative worship ideas, you’re sure to find what you need.Continue reading
‘The perpetual rule of love’
Creating effective, lasting social change is difficult; fortunately, you’re not alone.
by Rick Jones and Ginna Bairby
A year and a half ago, Colleen Earp sat in a room full of Young Adult Volunteers weary from an intense week of orientation and eager to start their year of service. Presbyterian World Mission would soon be placing each of them with a nonprofit or ministry somewhere in the United States or around the world. As Earp listened to her colleagues’ musings about a year of sharing the gospel and addressing injustice, she couldn’t help but laugh; she was thinking about planting trees.
Over the next year, Earp worked with First Presbyterian Church of Bayou Blue, Louisiana, as a wetlands conservationist and advocate in the New Orleans area. Before becoming a YAV, she had never laid eyes on a bayou. A year later, Earp had come to know the wetlands of Louisiana—and the church working to protect them—as her second home.Continue reading
Children’s sixth sense
New approaches promise to deepen children’s faith and broaden congregational mission.
by Candace C. Hill
Shy and quiet, Vanessa often kept to herself. And for some congregations, that shyness might have meant seeing yet another child slowly drift away from the church—but not Vanessa’s congregation. They were determined to help Vanessa find her ministry.
After hearing the news of the earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people in Haiti, Vanessa was moved. She wondered what she could do to help. So she researched the needs, established a goal, and made a plan. She then asked adults in her congregation how she could involve her faith community.Continue reading
Fresh approaches to engaging neighbors of other faith traditions
by Christine Hong
A year ago, Simran Jeet Singh, senior religion fellow with the Sikh Coalition, and I sat down to share our personal experiences, he as a Sikh American and I as a Korean American Christian. As the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s associate for interfaith relations, I had had many conversations like this one. This time, however, we had an audience.
On three separate occasions in three different Presbyterian congregations, Singh and I held a public interfaith conversation that led into unstructured dialogue and fellowship time with community members. Hosted by the Sikh Coalition, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Presbytery of New York City, and my own Office of Interfaith Relations, the dialogues explored, among other things, the post-9/11 Sikh experience of hate crimes.Continue reading
‘Lifestyles of generosity’
Stewardship—it’s not just for autumn anymore.
by Pat Cole
In thousands of congregations, the brilliant colors of fall signal the season for annual budgets, stewardship sermons, and pledge cards.
For many congregations, it’s the only time of year they give financial stewardship high visibility. In the best-case scenario, the members pledge enough to meet the church budget, and the congregation is on its way to another year of ministry. Except for budget reports, talk about money is mostly set aside until the next autumn.
However, a growing number of congregations regard financial giving as an important part of Christian discipleship that deserves year-round emphasis.Continue reading
‘I will tell you a story’
From pitching a story to posting on Facebook, we share our faith by sharing our news.
by Rick Jones, Emily Morgan, Kristena Morse, Emily Enders Odom, and Sara Otoum
» Media relations
» Digital communications
» Crisis communications
» Church websites
» Facebook and other social media for churchesContinue reading
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This special issue is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service.
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What Presbyterians Believe 2
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