Worshiping Communities

Six new worshiping communities receive Mission Program Grants

On behalf of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Mission Development Resources Committee has approved  Mission Program Grants to six 1001 New Worshiping Communities. The ‘1001’ communities receiving grants are listed below, followed by the presbytery and synod they belong to, along with a brief description of their mission and ministry.

New season of ‘1001’ podcast focuses on racial injustice and faith

In light of what New Way podcast host  the Rev. Sara Hayden describes as “the new round of organizing, strategy and action sparked by the most recent, shocking, continual — and yet unsurprising — anti-Black violence of our time,” the podcast of the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement has begun a new season focused on racial injustice and faith.

1001 New Worshiping Communities leaders report released

Worship in new worshiping communities (NWCs) continues to be nontraditional. This includes making meals central to the worship experience; avoiding traditional worship elements like organs, bulletins and sermons; and even worshiping on Sunday and in church sanctuaries. In a way, this is much like traditional churches are doing now during the pandemic.

Becoming Presbyterian

Nick Pickrell, organizer of The Open Table KC, has never set foot in a seminary.  But after five years co-leading this new worshiping community in Kansas City, he’s going through the process of becoming a commissioned ruling elder. “I wanted to be more connected to the PC(USA) denomination,” he says in the new 1001 Worshiping Communities video, “Becoming Presbyterian.”

Lurkers welcome

The Rev. Nikki Collins has been aware of the concept of empowering servant leadership since her high school days, when a teacher brought in a prominent community leader to speak to Collins and her classmates about what it means to be a servant leader.