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Midwestern Ministry Context: A glimpse of the good life

by Greg Allen-Pickett
10/14/2018

Editor's note: During October, we exploring the need for pastors in rural communities, with a focus on Nebraska. Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Central Nebraska Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams contacted us recently to discuss the need for pastors,...

God’s call to rural communities

by Polly Deppen-Williams
10/4/2018

Editor's note: During October, we are going to explore the need for pastors in rural communities, with a focus on Nebraska. Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Central Nebraska Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams contacted us recently to discuss the...

Pastors should consider their own faith legacy

by Ellie Johns-Kelley
9/13/2018

Often church leaders know to encourage planned giving in their congregations, but many take for granted the great opportunity to craft their own faith legacy. Karl Mattison, Vice President for Planned Giving for the Presbyterian Foundation, frames it best when...

More Presbyterian Women Ordained Ministers than Men 2007-2016

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
8/3/2018

Although there are three times as many men currently serving as congregational minsters than women, the tide is turning as more Presbyterian women were ordained from 2007-2016. This seems like a long time coming since 1994 is the first year...

Women of the Church

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
7/27/2018

Arise, Shine, Your Light Has Come! -Isaiah 60:1 Women of the Church play a tremendous role in shaping Christians. In fact, there wouldn’t be a Christian Church without the women witnesses at Jesus’ tomb described in all four Gospels. The...

Where are our Future Ministers now?

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
5/24/2018

You probably will not be surprised to learn our future ministers are active in healthy congregations now, maybe even yours! According to a landmark 2017 Barna study, the vast majority (85%) of current ministers were active as children in a...

Foundation Accepting Applications for Church Financial Leadership Grants

by Presbyterian Foundation
5/17/2018

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...

Revisiting the Reformation

by Joe Small
3/6/2018

Suggestion for April reading: Petra Bosse-Huber, et al, eds. Reformation: Legacy and Future. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2015. The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation has come and gone, with little fanfare and minimal observance. It is worth noting that 2017...

Grace and Gratitude: How to Respond to an Ugly Gift

by Joe Small
2/12/2018

Peter Leithart begins his recent book Gratitude: An Intellectual History with an illustration: "Imagine that your beloved grandmother gave you a rather ugly soup tureen as a wedding gift. Seeing as you have no use for the tureen, how ought you respond?...

Take and read: Conversations with Poppi about God

by Joe Small
1/23/2018

TAKE AND READ: CONVERSATIONS WITH POPPI ABOUT GOD REVIEWED BY JOE SMALL ~ Robert W. Jenson and Solveig Lucia Gold, Conversations with Poppi about God. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006. Christian educator David Ng did not approve of "children’s sermons," but if...