Church Transformation

Newly formed Sabbath Center in Wyoming to host first event

In December 2013 Steve Shive had a dream. Shive, general presbyter of the Presbytery of Wyoming, says that in the dream, he felt a strong sense to create a place where God’s people could come together to work on spiritual practices. “I saw our teaching and ruling elders coming together to learn from each other,” he says, “and to engage in the presence of their lives in Christ in community.”

Mustard Seed Project plants a seed for ‘religious nones’

The way Mark Roberson sees it, it was Roswell Presbyterian Church’s turn to plant a church. Roberson, a ruling elder for over 50 years—18 of those at Roswell—knew more than just a little about church planting. He’d worked with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta’s New Church Development Commission (NCDC), and in 2011 he just knew it was Roswell’s time.

Great Co-Mission: Discipleship

A monthly column by Marilyn Gamm by Marilyn Gamm | Special to Presbyterian News Service San Bernardino, Calif. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of… Read more »

Pennsylvania church inspired by peacemaker visits

While state and national government leaders debate on the acceptance of refugee families, Weisiger says it didn’t take long for her church and five others to begin work to resettle families in their community. Community connections were made as a result of peacemaker visits that have enabled the church to continue engaging in the work of peacemaking in their own backyard. The Peacemaking Program connected the church not just to the wider church, but to refugee resettlement agencies and interfaith organizations engaged in peacemaking in the heart of Philadelphia.

Race and Reconciliation study is timely resource for 2016 General Assembly

A timely, new Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding study honors the 50th anniversary of the Confession of 1967 and the anticipated adoption of the Confession of Belhar as a confessional standard of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland this summer.

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 »

Old Bergen Church making the most of New Beginnings – after 350 years

Neighborhood prayer walks help historic congregation experience new life By Paul Seebeck To the Rev. Jon Brown the congregation he serves, which is about ten minutes away from the World Trade Center, is like “a treasure hidden in a field.” He arrived in Jersey City at Old Bergen Church in 2010. Two years into his leadership… Read more »