Evangelism & Discipleship

Changes in store for third wave of Vital Congregations Initiative

Applications from interested presbyteries are now being accepted for the third wave of the Vital Congregations Initiative. And for the first time since the initiative began with a pilot program in 2017, individual churches may also apply — if they have the blessing of their presbytery.

A Presbyterian is praying in the House

A minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbytery of Philadelphia, the Rev. Margaret Grun Kibben, a retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy’s Chaplain Corps, has been named Chaplain of the 117th U.S. House of Representatives.

Faith Presbyterian Church: a beacon in the Blue Ridge Mountains

In 2000, eight retirees led an effort to plant a new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in the mountains of north Georgia. Today, Faith Presbyterian Church – Blue Ridge has 159 members and is one of the fastest-growing congregations in Cherokee Presbytery and the Synod of the South Atlantic. Last year, Sunday morning worship attendance averaged 109.

‘Is this the apocalypse?’

In the latest edition of Everyday God-Talk, host So Jung Kim asks theologian Dr. Catherine Keller of the Drew Theological School a simple direct question. With the pandemic and the ecological crisis — which they had been discussing — Kim, associate for Theology in the Office of Theology and Worship, wondered, “Is this the apocalypse?” 

An elliptical sermon

The Rev. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins has no doubt preached in many settings over his long career in ministry and in training ministers to be. Add the former garage he’s transformed into a garage gym to the list of his preaching venues.

You’ve got questions?

Following his presentation on Tuesday to the Rethinking Evangelism conference, the Rev. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins of Columbia Theological Seminary answered several questions. Read the story of his conference presentation here.

Rethinking Evangelism conference opens with worship

During opening worship Monday at the digital Rethinking Evangelism conference, the Rev. Dr. Ray Jones III  said that all human beings long for four things: justice, spirituality, relationship and beauty.

Theology, Formation & Evangelism conferences offer opportunities for renewal

Three digital conferences in October from Theology, Formation & Evangelism and its ministry partners will provide renewal opportunities for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders and congregational members as they seek to live out the gospel during this time of pandemic, chaos and disruption.