Theology and Worship

 


Timely resource: As the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak advances, congregations are responding in creative and highly effective ways. Given strong guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and federal, state, and local governments against gathering in person, many have chosen live-streaming or pre-recorded modified services as a way to glorify God together, stay connected as the body of Christ, and seek the healing work of the Spirit.

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How can the church fulfill its calling to worship God, to think responsibly about its faith, and to be obedient to God in all areas of life? The Office of Theology and Worship works in partnership with persons throughout the church, providing services and resources to help congregations strive for integrity in theology, worship, and mission.

The Office of Theology and Worship participates in the church’s calling to love God and neighbor with heart, soul, and mind. The Office of Theology and Worship encourages the whole church—its congregations, ministers, and members—in faithful thinking, praying, and living.

Under the leading of the Holy Spirit, our work is structured by the needs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a particular expression of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, the body of Christ. The Office of Theology and Worship focuses its work in four areas:

  • Ministers: The Office of Theology and Worship supports pastors and other church leaders in claiming the church’s theological and liturgical tradition. The office strives to enhance the church’s ability to think faithfully about the reign of God in the world.
  • Congregations: The Office of Theology and Worship supports congregations in fostering faithful worship and deeper engagement in the Christian faith, assisting them in interpreting the gospel and the Reformed tradition in the North American context.
  • Governing Bodies: The Office of Theology and Worship supports the ministry of the General Assembly, synods, and presbyteries. The office fulfills mandates from the General Assembly and assists all governing bodies to engage theological, confessional, ethical, and liturgical issues.
  • The Church Ecumenical: The Office of Theology and Worship works to engage Presbyterians in the search for the visible unity of Christ’s Church, for the sake of the gospel. The office facilitates participation in national and international conversations concerning common faith, common worship, and common witness.

The Office of Theology and Worship seeks to be captive to the Word of God, relying upon the witness of the Old and New Testament Scriptures and the guidance of The Book of Confessions in theological and ethical formation. The office depends upon the Directory for Worship as it develops resources and programs that enrich the church’s worship life.

Our mission is to serve the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by enabling reflection on the resources of the Christian faith to illumine our thinking, enliven our praying, and empower our living for the sake of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is worshiped and glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

Programs and Services

The Office of Theology and Worship has a number of programs designed to carry out our mission. Links to each program are below.

Company of New Pastors

Everyday God-Talk

Theological Conversations

Worship

Office of Theology and Worship
Presbyterian Mission Agency
100 Witherspoon St.
Louisville, KY 40202

To reach the Theology and Worship staff by phone, dial (toll-free) (800) 728-7228, then dial the person’s extension number when prompted.

You can also fax the Theology and Worship staff at (502) 569-8060.

The Office of Theology and Worship includes work in theology, worship, spiritual formation, and interfaith relations.


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Barry Ensign-George

Coordinator, Office of Theology and Worship
Staff Liason, Committee on Theological Education

(502) 569-5122, x5122

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David Gambrell

Associate for Worship
Editor, Call to Worship

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So Jung Kim

Associate for Theology
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Catherine Reuning

Meeting Planning Specialist, Office of Theology and Worship
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Resources

Reclaiming Jesus Movement invites Presbyterians to rethink discipleship

This resource from Office of Theology & Worship (TW) provides analysis and theological reflection on the “Reclaiming Jesus” statement. In reviewing the statement, which was issued and signed by leaders in several denominations and organizations, TW found commonality with the basic affirmations of Presbyterian’s Reformed faith. Indeed the “Reclaiming Jesus” statement and ensuing movement focuses… Read more »

The Belhar Confession

The full version of the Confession of Belhar, originally published September 1986. This version was added to the Book of Confessions in 2016 by the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at its meeting in Portland, Oregon. This is a translation of the original Afrikaans text of the confession as it was adopted… Read more »

Nuestro camino difícil: La fidelidad, el sexo, la ordenación y el matrimonio

La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.), en sus decisiones recientes acerca de la ordenación y del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, está tratando de trazar un camino hacia adelante que es retador. Hemos decidido no declarar, como denominación si las relaciones sexuales entre personas de un mismo sexo pueden ser (dentro de ciertas condiciones como… Read more »
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