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Church-building ideas you can use this fall
It’s almost time again to launch your church’s fall programming year, so to help, we gathered up some novel and inspiring ideas and activities that deepen faith and strengthen relationships! Read digital edition
Featured Stories from this Issue
Helping communities help themselves
The Community Health Evangelization initiative helps African communities take ownership and control over the projects and programs that affect them — with impressive results.
Building enduring peace in South Sudan
The PC(USA)’s Peace & Global Witness Offering helps war-torn South Sudanese meet urgent needs and engage in the vital ministry of peacemaking.
How to make learning fun
Add new life to your religious education program this fall with these church-tested ideas.
What Presbyterians believe about ecumenism
Discover how sharing bread with unlikely people captures the heart of our calling as Christians.
Bible Explorations: Acting like God’s people
You are God’s children. Now act like it!
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GENERAL PRESBYTER The Presbytery of Charlotte is looking for an ordained person who will live into our vision for a new type of Church. We conducted an extensive three-year exploration of our strengths and challenges through a process that involved more than 80 percent of our congregations. As a result, we have developed a new structure that will distribute and balance perceived and real power and locate it in the life, ministry, and mission of our congregations. This new vision and structure seeks to create conditions for new ministries across congregations, relationship-building, and traditional Presbytery functions. Characteristics that shape this vision and structure include being nimble, connectional, self-examining, lean, and flexible. If you are the right person for this full-time position, explore our MIF #72500.AB0 at the Church Leadership Connection.
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