Worshiping Communities

New worshiping community pastor receives seminary debt assistance

As the Rev. Dana Vaughn was completing her studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) was innovating several new initiatives designed to allow Vaughn—and a new generation of risk-taking pastors like her—to change and transform the world through their ministries, all while freed from the burden of educational debt.

New worshiping community started by dwindling New York congregation creates hope

In Manhattan, a new worshiping community is being formed thanks to a nearly 140-year-old church that has taken seriously its belief that all God’s people are holy. Founded in 1887, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church had always been eager to invite the most marginalized people in the city. But the congregation had dwindled in numbers, down to fewer than 12 worshippers.

‘Keeping Faith’ May/June video newsletter published

The third installment of “Keeping Faith” the video newsletter from Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was published earlier today.

Building a church without a building

What could your congregation do if it didn’t have to worry about keeping up a building? That’s the question Rev. Eneyas Freitas asked when he started a new worshiping community called Urban Connect in Phoenix. His congregation meets at a new event venue called The Vintage 45 in Phoenix’s warehouse district every Sunday morning.

California PC(USA) church opens arms to Syrian congregation

Partnership welcomes ‘brothers and sisters’ in faith into community by Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service When Saousan Jarjour came to Costa Mesa, California, the Rev. Tim McCalmont had no idea impact she would have on him. A young woman from Homs, Jarjour came from Syria to study music at Orange Coast Community College. Its… Read more »

Being Church Together consultation explores multicultural ministry

Church leaders and agencies unite to discuss diversity and immigration issues In response to a directive from the 220th General Assembly (2012), the offices of Immigration Issues and Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) recently held a three-day immigration consultation in St. Petersburg, Fla., called “Being Church Together.” The Rev. Charles Wiley, coordinator Theology and… Read more »

Making inroads against human trafficking

The following article was originally printed in theJanuary/February 2016 issue, “Children of God—not for sale,” of Presbyterians Today. When Jill Bolander Cohen’s stepdaughter called her one afternoon, she didn’t expect her stepdaughter to be asking for her to help a high school victim of human trafficking. “This young woman’s mother sold her to a trafficker… Read more »