Everything about the church is meant for public witness and benefit, to the glory of God. The church exists not for its own sake, but for the sake of the world for which its Lord died. If it has no impact in public affairs, is the gathering of believers living up to its calling as the church? In this week’s meditation, Going Public, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses this question and more.
PC(USA) General Counsel Mike Kirk has prepared advice on best practices when a church is considering allowing an outside group to use its building. It includes guidance on security, tax issues, and insurance.
Hybrid meetings are now part of our reality moving forward. Hybrid congregational meetings, whether to conduct routine business or to call a new pastor, present a unique set of challenges for congregations in providing ways of voting that uphold the requirements of our polity and Roberts Rules of Order. To assist congregations in conducting hybrid meetings, Rev. Brian Wallace has prepared a brief webinar showing two voting methods (Zoom and Mentimeter) for hybrid/online meetings.
September 2nd is the deadline for submitting names for the Annual Service of Remembrance. If any ordained ruling elder has died since the last memorial service which was held on September 19, 2019, please advise us by filling out the online form.
Pittsburgh Presbytery joins the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta in requiring the Minister’s Choice Benefits Package. They are the only two Presbyteries in PCUSA that require the package for ministers called to serve at least 20 hours weekly. “For us, it was a no-brainer,” says our own Rev. Brian Wallace of requiring churches to provide Minister’s Choice. “We had been working toward making benefits a value-add for our congregations.”