In Racial Ethnic Leadership Development, we help plan, coordinate and promote racial ethnic and women’s leadership institutes. Leadership institutes identify, equip and connect racial ethnic women and men, who are teaching and ruling elders, with leadership opportunities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This ministry also strengthens and nurtures the gifts of racial ethnic leaders, and inspires them to greater leadership roles in congregations, mid councils and in General Assembly agencies.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has an institutional relationship agreement with four historically Presbyterian Racial Ethnic Institutions, which educate women and men for professions of their choice, taking into account their racial ethnic heritage. We provide staff support to the Presidents Roundtable of the Historically Presbyterian Racial Ethnic Institutions.
We also assist church leaders in starting and transforming worshiping communities through mission program grants. The Office of Mission Program Grants carries out this work in conjunction with the Mission Development Resources Committee, which is responsible for allocating funding to projects and the development of policies and procedures for grants in the program.
The Racial Ethnic Leadership Development Office recruits racial ethnic women and men for leadership opportunities in the PC(USA). The ministry also empowers racial ethnic persons and women to serve fully in the life of the church through opportunities to explore vocational discernment and networking. The office inspires leadership qualities by cultivating, nurturing and sustaining diverse, transformational leaders for Christ’s mission.