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Four overarching themes come out of new worshiping communities research

After the 2017 “Living, Dying, Rising” conference took place in August in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, a sociologist from the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Research Services department conducted informal interviews of participants, most of whom were leaders of new worshiping communities (NWCs).

Ash Wednesday Facebook Live video featuring Charles Wiley available for viewing

As part of an ongoing series designed to engage Presbyterians in conversation and learning around Christian festival days and secular holidays, the Office of Theology and Worship continued its new Facebook Live series yesterday featuring the Rev. Dr. Charles Wiley III, coordinator for Theology and Worship.

New resource helps youth observe the season of Lent

Just as youth workers, educators, pastors and other church leaders who work with youth have started to ask themselves how they might introduce young people to a more informed and active observance of the season of Lent—which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1—Ministries with Youth has a new resource at the ready.

Annual Disciple Making Church Conference calls participants to ‘abide in Christ’

As part of its ongoing mission to foster a culture of discipling–central to Christian life and practice–the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Evangelism has announced plans for its annual Disciple Making Church Conference. The 2017 conference–based on John 15:4 and titled “Abide in Me … A Spiritual Purging”–is designed to introduce participants to a variety of spiritual practices and help them live fuller mental and spiritual lives in order to bear more fruit for Jesus Christ and Christ’s church. The conference will be held January 16-19, 2017, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Newly formed Sabbath Center hosts 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.”