Congregational Vitality

Online worship is ‘not a show that you consume’

Social media is an engaging tool for talented extroverts like the Rev. Josh Kerr, who you can see making viral dance moves on TikTok or advising, “Don’t burp in your mask. Trust me,” on Facebook. Kerr, 37, amuses, educates and inspires people of all ages — even those who seek pastoral care and discernment. However, what is not fit for a stage, says Kerr, is worship.

Take up the shield of faith

Many individuals and churches have answered the call to make cloth masks to address the shortage of personal protective equipment for frontline medical professionals.

PC(USA) Hispanic/Latino-a faith community holds firm to faith in God

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on communities of color across the country. And while black and brown people are adversely affected in times of health and economic crisis because of decades of systemic racism and poverty, they remain resilient in their ability to forge ahead despite structural obstacles.

‘If we will not face it, we certainly can’t fix it’

The killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, recent attacks and ridicule of people of Asian descent during the pandemic and many other horrifying examples all point out why the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) must be a Matthew 25 church, even as the coronavirus still keeps many Christians from worshiping and doing ministry in person.

Washington state pastor serves a church he’s never preached in

The Rev. Crawford Brubaker has been to the town he pastors only once, for an interview. It occurred pre-pandemic at nighttime, in the small community of Buckley, Washington, the home of Community Presbyterian Church. At the end of the interview, Brubaker said the pastor nominating committee told him to come back in three weeks to preach so they could “see the goods.”

‘I stir the pot a little to promote creativity’

Congregations looking for ways to be the church together during and even after the pandemic might well find what they’re looking for in the early church practice of house churches.

A design on ministry

Chicago pastor says crucial clergy values are empathy and effectiveness by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE — Asked what’s made her come alive during the pandemic and the Rev. Emily McGinley doesn’t hesitate. “It’s the creative opportunities that are part of this moment in ministry,” said the executive pastor at Urban Village Church,… Read more »

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.”