In keeping with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s commitments to interfaith relations and peace, the denomination will host an International Peacemaker’s Day celebration and launch a month-long interfaith art exhibit on October 2.
“Pilgrimage to Peace: An Interfaith Celebration Honoring the Journey of Peacemakers” will take place from 6–7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Center Chapel in Louisville. It is sponsored by the PC(USA) Office of Interfaith Relations in Theology and Worship, in partnership with the Louisville-based interreligious nonprofit Interfaith Paths to Peace.
New church planters can be helped by the biblical metaphor of exile, Dan Steigerwald, North American director for Christian Associates International ― a non-denominational church planting ministry ― told a Sept. 18 clinic entitled “Leadership Needs for New Ventures” at the 2013 Evangelism and Church Growth Conference here.
Dramatic cultural change plays out in thoughts, values, aesthetics and tools, Doug Pagitt told the 2013 Evangelism and Church Growth conference here today (Sept. 18), and the question for churches ― which affect and are affected by cultural shifts ― is “How do we fit in our world?”
The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) announces the publication of its new hymnal, Glory to God! Pew, accompaniment, enlarged print, and gift editions are shipping this week to those who preordered copies.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, DC, is saddened by the deaths of thirteen people (including the gunman) at the Washington Navy Yard on yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers on behalf of the families suffering loss today are heartfelt.
Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Sept. 11 penned a long letter to the Italian liberal daily La Repubblica to affirm that an “open dialogue free of prejudices” between Christians and atheists is “necessary and precious.”
Before you start buying vowels, tune into “Jeopardy” on Sept. 23. Two of the three contestants on the fabled TV game show that day will be Presbyterians, and one of them will be clearly identifiable.
The word “Christian” appears in the Bible just three times, while the word “disciple” appears 257 times.
Therein lies the key to effective ministry, the Rev. Glenn McDonald ― a former new church development pastor in suburban Indianapolis, told a session on disciple-making during the 2013 Evangelism and Church Growth conference here Sept. 17. “God has called us to go from maintenance to missional mode, and to surrender a focus on making mere decisions in order to major on making disciples,” he said.
Harness buckled. Chalk bag clipped. 8-knot tied. Climbing shoes squeezed on. One look up. “All right, rock, it’s you and me.”
Conferences and education are important, but we truly learn when we put the information we gather into action, a speaker told attendees at the Evangelism and Church Growth Conference (ECG2013).
“It’s not that we don’t know enough, people. It’s that we don’t live it out enough,” said Deb Hirsch, who serves on the leadership team of Christian Associates International, a church-planting organization.