Wednesday, July 23
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The Presbytery of South Alabama
Building upon its very successful Academy for Equipping the Saints model of training adults to be leaders in Christian education and discipleship, the Presbytery of South Alabama has started a new effort to equip youth for leadership within the church. The youth participating in Teens 4 Christ attend four weekend equipping events in a two-year period: two weekends in understanding Scripture, one in Reformed theology, and one in leading and teaching in the church. What a great group of young adult leaders they are, and what hope they offer for the church now and in the future.
As the presbytery begins a new partnership with Chisec Presbytery in Guatemala in 2014, it is excited about the relationships that will be fostered between young adults in both presbyteries. South Alabama youth will grow as they witness the vibrant faith of Guatemalan young adults amid shared work projects, fellowship, and worship, and everyone involved will experience the transforming power of the Spirit.
The presbytery’s focus for the next seven years is congregational transformation and the development of new worshiping communities. In committing to the “five practices of fruitful congregations” named by Methodist bishop Robert Schnase—radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity—our 30 congregations hope to attract and energize young adults. Vera White, 1001 New Worshiping Communities associate, was keynote speaker at the February 2014 presbytery meeting and shared about this vital churchwide initiative.
—Wm. Samford Turner, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
There are so many challenges before us, O God. Yet you have promised to go ahead of us, and with you nothing is impossible. Help us to live in full confidence that you hold us in the hollow of your hand. Help us to realize that it may be our young adults who will lead us into that future as they are led by Christ, through whom we pray. Amen.