What are we doing to meet the challenge of working together in our current situation? If you are in ministry of any kind, you also need a weekly gathering for reading, study, and prayer with colleagues. If you are in a multiple staff situation, your staff needs to gather weekly for reading, study, and prayer. If it doesn’t, you will miss out on one of the core conditions for faithful, fulfilling, and fruitful ministry. In this week’s meditation, Working Together, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses this and more.
Follow the Facebook page of the Office of Christian Formation to have access to regular uploads of new resources. The Office of Christian Formation supports formation ministries of congregations and connects leaders in faith communities with resources and practices that inspire fresh ways of thinking about the forming of faith over a person’s lifetime. They carry out the mission priorities of the Presbyterian Mission Agency as set forth by the General Assembly.
As we follow the model of communities and leaders of faith across the ages and foster supportive spaces for grieving, it is important that we intentionally support the children in our community. These documents provide some Biblical resources, information to help you recognize and understand grief in children, and suggestions on supporting grieving children: Supporting Grieving Children, Supporting Grieving Children Amid Loss: Activities for Children, and Supporting Grieving Children Resource Roadmap.
Are you pondering and evaluating how your faith community will move into post-pandemic relationships and programs? This resource provides guided opportunities to brainstorm, reflect, act, and pray about how to re-form into your community’s future using a creative format.
When your church passes the offering plate on Sunday morning – are you limiting your offering to pocket change from those who feel obligated to put something in, but would give more with an online option? Through the Foundation’s Online Giving Program, your church can now accept secure online donations. You can add the donation form to your website to accept gifts by debit or credit card, and electronic funds transfer. Your members can even set up recurring gifts, adding predictability and regularity to your offering receipts.
The Revs. Gavin Walton, 29, and Michael Holohan, 40, believe it’s important for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to do more than just talk about racism. They say it’s time for the Church to take action against racial injustice, which from their view is long overdue.
This thirty-six-unit curriculum is based on practices Jesus did and taught us to do as faithful followers. Written for people of all ages who wish to live out their faith, this new curriculum examines where these practices are found in the Bible and how they have been used in Christian faith then and now.
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