For Teaching, Reproof, Correction, and Training in Righteousness

by Joe Small

A generation ago, books such as The Wounded Healer and As One without Authority encouraged the view that pastors should not pretend to be exemplary Christians. Rather, they should present themselves as fellow pilgrims, joined with others on a journey toward faith and faithfulness. Pastors were encouraged to be partners, not...

August 2019 Lectionary Preview

by Rev. Erin Hayes-Cook

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for...

This Month in Stewardship: July

by Robyn Davis Sekula

July has little expectations of productivity. It’s a month many take vacations, and enjoy celebrations, and not a whole lot typically gets done. Popsicle consumption rises dramatically, as does the number of out of office notifications populating our email boxes. But in the life of the PC(USA), things are still...

Ghost Ranch chooses next executive director

by Robyn Davis Sekula

Paul Fogg’s next post in the Presbyterian camp and conference center world comes with a strong sense of call. Fogg is joining Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center on September 30 as its new Executive Director. “I have never felt more called to a position prior to getting there,” Fogg...

Malformation Recognized in Vacation Bible School Curriculum by Ministers

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

The Rev. Leanne Masters was prepping for Vacation Bible School last week at Southern Heights Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE when she was “horrified” to discover the non-denominational curriculum they purchased was racist, shaming, theologically flawed, biblically weak, and geographically inaccurate. [caption id="attachment_7636" align="alignright" width="150"] Rev. Leanne Masters[/caption] For example,...

Summertime brings challenges for churches

by Sherry Hester Kenney

Summer is a joyful time for the Church. From the celebration of its birthday on Pentecost, through Vacation Bible School and the All-Church Picnic, to the blessing of the backpacks and the excitement of a new school year, these months are full of fun activities and often a more relaxed...

New Covenant Growth Fund Transitioned from Active to Passive Implementation

by Robyn Davis Sekula

Effective May 13, 2019, the New Covenant Growth Fund (the “Fund”), transitioned from an active to a passive implementation. The mandate will be altered, as needed, to satisfy the Fund’s social screen and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) tilt, which remain as key components of the Fund. Details regarding this...

Robert Jones to speak at Big Tent Breakfast

by Robyn Davis Sekula

Note: If you are ready to register for this event, sign up by emailing us at Author Robert P. Jones will be the speaker at a breakfast sponsored by the Presbyterian Foundation at Big Tent in Baltimore on August 2. Jones is the author of “The End of White...

Is the Church a Business?

by Minner Serovy

Late last year, I participated in a panel for an adult education class the opening question was just that. The other panelists were members of that church, and also business people. They explained their reasons for thinking of the church as business. With some discomfort, I could not find my...

Presbyterian Foundation reaches out to small churches

by Sally Scherer

Where does your congregation see itself in 20 years? Chances are, an answer to that question doesn’t come quickly. After all, discernment takes time and thought. And sometimes, difficult circumstances have to be acknowledged and tough decisions have to be made. Rev. Meg Flannagan, the pastor at the Presbyterian Church...