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  • Principles of Presbyterian Polity

    From Office of the General AssemblyRuling Elders

    A PowerPoint presentation originally used in the Presbytery of East Tennessee by former Stated Clerk, Rev. Gradye Parsons, and edited for general use in Ruling Elder training. 

  • Raising up Leaders video

    From Office of the General AssemblyCommissioned Ruling Elders

    Video length: 5:32

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    In exploring together how larger churches can help to empower smaller, neighboring congregations, Bedford Central Presbyterian Church and Duryea Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., discovered an exciting new way to grow Christ’s church deep and wide by sharing resources for ministry. Key among those resources are the church’s leaders, especially Ted Hickman, a financial management executive and a ruling elder at Bedford Central, who heard God’s call to go deeper into ministry by supplying Duryea’s pulpit. Hickman, a Commissioned Ruling Elder, has been instrumental in helping to ...

  • The Calling of the Church

    From Office of the General AssemblyGeneral Assembly Meeting Service

    2011 PC(USA) Fall Meetings Materials
    OGA Fall Polity
    (October 17-19, 2011)

    Monday October 17
    Session I

    “The Calling of the Church”
    Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk

  • The Changing Church - Gradye Parsons at the 2013 Eastern and Western/Central Regional Benefits Consultations

    From Office of the General AssemblyStated Clerk

    The Board of Pensions recently concluded its 2013 Eastern and Western/Central Regional Benefits Consultations (RBCs), at which the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, was a featured speaker.  
     
    The Changing Church was the topic of two consecutive panel discussion sessions led by Parsons and Robert W. Maggs Jr., President and Chief Executive of the Board of Pensions.

    For details on Day 2 of the Western/Central RBC, read the news article on pensions.org., which also contains a link to Rev. Parsons’s Power Point presentation, The Changing Church, or watch this video of his presentation.

  • The State of the Church: On the Road to Antioch

    From Office of the General AssemblyStated Clerk

    Watch Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), give a presentation recorded at the Eastern Regional Benefits Consultations in Philadelphia for the Board of Pensions.

     Transcript:

    "Last year in this presentation I lifted up four Biblical metaphors, journey metaphors, and one that I think fits where we are as a Church is the whole story of the Church on the road to Antioch. And the story is, basically, after Stephen was elected Deacon he became a well known speaker, got noticed, unfortunately too much and so he was stoned and there was this persecution of the Church and the ...

  • Uncovering Opportunity in the 'Hidden Job Market'

    From Office of the General AssemblyMinisters/ Teaching Elders

    Ministers hold a rich bounty of skills and abilities that are highly desired by the non-profit and corporate worlds.  What is needed to make the transition from full-time ministry into the secular workplace is imagination, a solid strategy and the will. This webinar focuses on equipping religious professionals to use skills and abilities they already have to support them in obtaining employment in an alternative setting.

    Webinar was held originally on September 25, 2012. 

    For best results, right-click the Download link (or click and use "control" key for Macintosh) and save the file.

  • Vernon Broyles discussing his experience with the Belhar Confession

    From Office of the General AssemblySpecial Committee on the Confession of Belhar

    Vernon Broyles, a volunteer serving in the Office of the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, shared his thoughts on the Confession of Belhar during the annual Polity Conference of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prior to his work as a volunteer Broyles served in the Social Justice area of the General Assembly Council, now the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

  • Video: The Blue Shirt Ministry

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    The Blue Shirt Ministry grew out of the response to Hurricane Katrina and over the years, this ministry has to continued to grow with volunteer worksites across the country. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is deeply grateful for the thousands of volunteers who have answered the call to serve and walk alongside communities impacted by disaster.

  • Weekly video discussion on the Form of Government of the PC(USA)

    From Office of the General AssemblyStated Clerk

    Video commentary in the weekly series by the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), Gradye Parsons.

    Topic: The New Form of Government - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

     

    09/19/11
    Book of Order: F-1.01 - God's Mission
    Book of Confessions: The Confession of 1967 - 9.32

    09/26/11
    Book of Order: F-1.01 - God's Mission
    Book of Confessions: The Shorter Catechism - 7.001

    10/03/11
    Book of Order: F-1.0201 - The Authority of Christ
    Book of Confessions: The Confession of 1967 - 9.10

    10/10/11
    Book of Order: F-1.0202 - Christ Calls and Equips the ...

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