DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE — October 2021
Celebrating Middle Eastern Congregations and New Worshiping Communities and their ministries in the PC(USA)
“… to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ …”
– Ephesians 4:12
Presbyterian Middle Eastern Americans trace the origin of their faith to the apostolic age and their Reformed roots to Presbyterian mission in the Middle East in the 19th century.
There are currently more than 50 Middle Eastern Presbyterian congregations and new worshiping communities in the United States worshiping in the Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian and Farsi languages.
Middle Eastern Intercultural Ministries works in partnership with congregations and mid councils to assist in the development and growth of new Middle Eastern worshiping communities and to equip leaders in existing Middle Eastern congregations for effective ministry in the church.
There is a rich heritage and history of Middle Eastern Intercultural Ministries in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Our ministry office partners with the National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus to coordinate leadership training events, equip Middle Eastern Presbyterians to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, identify social justice inequities and act as a bridge for dialogue, promoting educational and cultural understanding of Middle Eastern issues.
The Rev. Magdy Girgis is field staff for Middle Eastern Intercultural Ministries and a board-certified chaplain at Vitas Hospice Care in California. Magdy’s responsibilities include working in partnership with mid councils to develop and grow Middle Eastern new worshiping communities and assisting Middle Eastern leaders with leadership formation. In addition, the Office of Middle Eastern Ministries creates an awareness of systemic racism in the church, and creates an environment where Middle Eastern Presbyterians, including new immigrants and women, in congregations, mid councils and other groups, can serve fully in ministry and leadership.