‘What are Presbyterians, anyway?’

March 3 webinar to explore ‘grace and gratitude’ theme

February 9, 2015

Charles Wiley

Charles Wiley —Theology, Worship, and Education photo

LOUISVILLE

“What Are Presbyterians, Anyway? Exploring Grace and Gratitude as Presbyterian Identity,” a free webinar hosted by the Company of New Pastors, will be offered March 3 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

The presenter will be Charles A. Wiley III, coordinator of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Theology and Worship. An ordained teaching elder with a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Wiley oversees the wide array of programs and publications of the office of Theology and Worship. 

“Grace and gratitude — a unifying theme adopted by the Theology, Worship, and Education ministry area — gives us a way to talk about our faith as Presbyterians in ways that are winsome and attractive yet also deeply profound,” says Wiley. “It’s our accent on the gospel.” 

In order to help pastors, congregations, and mid council leaders understand the significance of the core Presbyterian theological identity of grace and gratitude, Wiley will address

  • how the Reformed faith is informed by grace and gratitude;
  • how these themes are used by theologians; and
  • what it means to live a life infused with both grace and gratitude. 

Wiley’s 25-minute presentation will conclude with a 20-minute Q&A session and instructions on how to access resources related to the theme. 

The event is open to all, and registration is quick and easy.  

The webinar is the third in an ongoing series of new, interactive, educational events sponsored by the Company of New Pastors as part of its continuing expansion plans.  

Company of New Pastors — a transition-into-ministry program for seminary students and first-call pastors — began extending its reach last fall by launching programs on pastoral formation open to the whole church.  

“This webinar offers an opportunity to engage in the kind of reflection that is at the heart of Company of New Pastors,” says the Rev. Karen Russell, who coordinates the program. “There is so much that divides us; grace and gratitude is what we have in common.”