Online Giving Recommendations for Livestream and Video Worship

by Presbyterian Foundation

With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, churches have been forced to cancel in-person worship and instead meet electronically (if possible). The act of passing the offering plate is both an important part of worship and a familiar way of engaging with the liturgy. And for some congregations, receiving that...

A reflection: We do not lose heart

by Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner

Editor’s note: The following is a reflection on 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 which was offered at the MRA Board Meeting, March 17, 2020 by the Rev. Eileen W. Lindner In this fraught moment of the coronavirus pandemic Paul reminds us that we “have these treasures in clay jars…” Today all over...

Church Financial Leadership Academy

by Melaina Wilson

Good Shepherds

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

“What is the status of your soul?” My pastor/preacher cohort offered this question to each gathered from across the country on a video call this week, well into Lent. After each responded, the one who shared before them, prayed out loud for that person… their joys, anxieties, hopes, confusion, disruption,...

Practicing pastoral care while physically distant

by Rev. Thom Shuman

When I was a senior in high school, one gray day in November, the loudspeaker in the classroom came on suddenly and the news came on of the shooting of President Kennedy and went to church that night. During my last year in seminary, the Challenger space shuttle exploded, and...

Stewardship in a Pandemic

by Robert Hay

COVID-19 is changing the way the world interacts and the church is not immune to those changes. Amid social distancing and shelter in place orders, many churches have either canceled worship or moved to a virtual form of worship. Pastors and sessions are looking for creative ways to be the...

‘Thinking about the most vulnerable’ guides church service decisions

by Gregg Brekke

Churches across the nation are evaluating if services should be held this weekend. As the COVID-19 virus spreads, it’s a very real question that’s being handled differently in every area. In response to a localized outbreak of confirmed COVID-19 infections and at least one church member death attributed to the...

information and resources on covid-19

by Melaina Wilson

Presbyterian seminaries respond to COVID-19 with caution, preparation

by Robyn Davis Sekula

Editor's Note: This story was written and posted on Thursday, March 12. Situations have changed since this initial article was written. We will update this story as we are able. Presbyterian seminaries are taking action to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and thinking through what the spread of...

Investing perspective for the long haul

by Anita Clemons

[caption id="attachment_6807" align="alignright" width="124"] Anita Clemons, Vice President, Managing Director of Investments[/caption] We enjoyed a bull market for quite a long while. Now, the stock market is balancing out – and we’re all feeling the effects. Thanks to Coronavirus and oil price wars, we've seen a large dip in the...