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In the northeast corner of the country, the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse made a dramatic decision. It reduced presbytery staff to just one person and got rid of its office space. Today, Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery has no building. The office is a laptop, and its number rings to a cell phone in Steve Plank’s pocket.
The church is all about unity in our diversity—one network with many different parts.
From Facebook to face-to-face care, passion, rather than programming, is fueling the connections in the Synod of the Northeast.
Stories of churches that connect to serve their communities by Emily Enders Odom | Communications strategist for the Presbyterian Mission Agency Career network: ‘The most meaningful thing I’ve ever done’ From an early age, Bill Linton knew just what he wanted to do. Like a lot of other people growing up in South Carolina… Read more »
When Sarah Robbins accepted her first call, at Dormont Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, she knew it would be a challenge. The church had been experiencing declining membership, deteriorating facilities, and dwindling finances. While she hoped that she might bring new life to the congregation, she realized that couldn’t happen unless she talked about death and resurrection.
Challenges and changes bring innovation By Sue Washburn | Interim editor of Presbyterians Today Presbyterians connect in countless ways. We can upload a YouTube video to a great cloud of witnesses and be affirmed by thousands of little thumbs-up. We can tweet a prayer request, surf the net to find like-minded people, Snapchat a smile or… Read more »
GO FIGURE by Angie Andriot | Research associate with Research Services for the Presbyterian Mission Agency New worshiping communities are all about relationships. A recent study by Research Services found that leaders of new worshiping communities rate building relationships as the most important activity for their community, whereas immigrant fellowships, traditional new church developments, and traditional… Read more »
What could your congregation do if it didn’t have to worry about keeping up a building?
This month, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will gather in Portland, Oregon. Commissioners will debate our denomination’s investment in fossil fuels and commitment to creation care, among many other issues. But the theme of environmental justice will hover over the entire assembly, going far beyond the overtures to be addressed in committees.
About a month ago, I began telling people that when my current parish ministry position ends in August, I’m planning to pursue work in faith-based advocacy and policy change in Washington, D.C. I’m always quick to follow this with a reassurance that “it’s still ministry, just not in a church.”