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Like the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Office of the General Assembly has been rethinking what it means to do ministry in the 21st century, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), told PMA board members Wednesday.
The Leadership Innovation Team formed to envision the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s size and structure in a changing world racked by racial reckoning and the pandemic is well into its work after 17 three-hour sessions, the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, PMA’s president and executive director, told the PMA Board Wednesday.
The Rev. James Parks of Baltimore, a member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board who cut his teeth on community organizing, opened his devotional time with the board on Wednesday by playing the clip of Gregory Porter’s “Take me to the Alley.”
The Presbyterian Foundation plans to soon take action that could free up millions of dollars to support the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities program.
On June 24, word arrived that the Small Business Administration had fully forgiven the $8.85 million Paycheck Protection Program loan received by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation in April 2020.
“Ministry is about relationships,” says Ian J. Hall.
Hall started his ministry as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, on Monday, June 28.
On Thursday the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offered up his thoughts on the proposed renovation of the Presbyterian Center in downtown Louisville, a renovation that the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II also hopes will include the transformation of hearts and minds of employees inside the building and of Presbyterians working at carrying out Christ’s mission across the nation and around the world.
Excitement is building for this year’s Presbyterian Week of Action, which takes place Aug. 23-29. It will lift up not only Black Lives Matter but other marginalized groups, such as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, who have been the target of hatred and discrimination.
While the decision concerning the renovation of the Presbyterian Center may have received the most attention, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation Board of Directors dealt with other important matters during its May 19-20 meeting.
The 36-page Annual Report of the Presbyterian Mission Agency has been published online and can be seen here. The theme for this year’s report is “A year unlike all others … and we responded.”