Holistic practices guide pastors through Holy Week

by Robyn Davis Sekula
4/17/2019

The first year that Rev. Stephanie Ryder served as a pastor, the church’s administrative assistant quit, with her last day being the Wednesday of Holy Week. Serving as a solo pastor, it put the church’s administrative tasks on Ryder, on top of writing additional sermons and creating plans for three...

Literary theology: quotes and thoughts from contemporary novels

by Joe Small
4/9/2019

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists ...  On Church: On Easter, she surprised me by wanting to go to church. She said it would be bad luck not to go. Thus Christianity, once an encompassing cathedral built on swords and crowns, holding philosophy on one transept music in...

Foundation Accepting Applications for Church Financial Leadership Grants

by Susan Herman
4/16/2019

Applications are now being accepted for the Presbyterian Foundation’s Church Financial Leadership Grant program. Applicants must be a pastor, commissioned ruling elder, (CRE), or leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The grants will enable pastoral leaders to institute best practices for church financial leadership,...

Presbyterian Witness at the U.S. Border in El Paso

by Sherry Hester Kenney
4/10/2019

El Paso is located at the far western point of Texas in the Chihuahuan Desert, separated from Juarez, Mexico by the Rio Grande River. The Franklin Mountains - the southern tip of the Rockies – divide the city. El Paso is home to almost 700,000 people, the University of Texas at El...

A child’s view of the resurrection

by Ellie Johns-Kelley
4/9/2019

Each week I spend at least two to three hours commuting to daycare with my girls Ibby age 4.5 years old and Karoline, who is 10 months old. The baby sleeps and the preschooler and I spend the drive singing, chatting and playing “I spy." On Ash Wednesday, we talked...

May 2019 Lectionary Preview

by Greg Allen-Pickett
4/5/2019

Editor's note: Each month, we publish a lectionary preview, asking the writer to focus on stewardship. Our thanks to Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett of First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, Nebraska, for penning the lectionary preview for May. The lectionary does an interesting thing in the Sundays following Easter. It replaces the...

Sabbatical support for pastors

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
4/4/2019

“Where might my congregation and I receive financial support for a pastoral sabbatical?” [caption id="attachment_6012" align="alignright" width="150"] Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty[/caption] Regularly, I am asked this question. I do know of some programs, but am sad to say it is not nearly enough.  Three leading programs supporting sabbaticals for pastors...

This Month in Stewardship: May

by Robyn Davis Sekula
4/3/2019

Editor's note: Wills Emphasis Sunday is observed in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on May 5.  For this year's observance, we invite you to consider a broader and more important question: what do you want to contribute to the world? Emphasizing wills makes the legal instrument of legacy building the focus...

Good Books to Strengthen Pastoral Ministry

by Joe Small
3/12/2019

Augustine heard the voice of a child saying, “Take and read, take and read.” He opened a Bible, began to read, and was set on the path of committed discipleship and faithful pastoral ministry as the Bishop of Hippo and a theologian for the ages. Let’s assume that pastors do...

Stewardship Navigator available for Presbyterian churches

by Sally Scherer
3/18/2019

The work involved with creating and implementing your Presbyterian church’s stewardship program just got a whole lot easier. Stewardship Navigator, an educational website launched this month by the Presbyterian Foundation, is a free online tool for Presbyterian congregations. You can find it at Stewardshipnavigator.com. The site serves as a workspace...