Publications and periodicals

  • What Does Pro-Choice Really Mean?

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    by Sylvia Thorson-Smith

    Pro-choice—for choice. So simple and yet so complex.

    (Reprinted from Horizons, May-June 2006)

  • What Is Missional Ecclesiology?

    From Office of the General AssemblyForm of Government

    Missional ecclesiology demands more of the church than deciding which community service projects to undertake or setting congregational priorities for the coming year. Missional ecclesiology is a way of understanding the church. It begins with the missio Dei – God’s own “self-sending” in Christ by the Spirit to redeem and transform creation. In a missional ecclesiology, the Church is not a building or an institution but a community of witness, called into being and equipped by God, and sent into the world to testify to and participate in Christ’s work. The Church does not have missions; instead, the mission ...

  • What Is the Presbyterian Foundation

    From Presbyterian Foundation

    What is the Presbyterian Foundation?

    The Presbyterian Foundation is a nonprofit corporation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Foundation was established by the General Assembly of 1795, which authorized the formation of a corporation for the purpose of encouraging voluntary participation in funding “for the cause of ministerial relief and other pious or charitable uses.” The Foundation was given the responsibility to obtain and administer funds for the spread of the gospel and the compassionate work of the church.

    Today the Presbyterian Foundation holds the endowments, planned gifts, and mid- to long-term investments of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or PC(USA), and receives and administers gifts from individuals. In 2011, the Foundation received gifts and deposits of $23.1 million and distributed nearly $66 million in support of various mission projects.

  • What We Bring With Us: A letter from Doug Orbaker in Nicaragua

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyMission Trips

    Mission is the life we bring with us when we go to another place to serve, and it is the even richer life that we take back with us when we return.

  • What if the church or presbytery doesn't want to talk about domestic violence?

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    Domestic violence cuts across all social and cultural borders – race, economic class, education, age, etc. That means that violence is probably taking place in some family in every one of our churches.

  • What if you are a new pastor in a new community?

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN) provides help for new pastors confronting domestic violence situations in a congregation.

  • What if you visit an elderly member and see signs of abuse?

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN) provides this resource for pastors. The indicators of elder abuse are similar to those for spousal/partner abuse and child abuse. In addition to physical, sexual, emotional or psychological and financial abuse, there is one other aspect of elder abuse. Elder abuse may also involve neglect — passive, active or self-neglect.

  • What if your congregation discovered a church officer was charged with domestic violence?

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN) provides this resource.

    What if members and leaders of a congregation discovered that an ordained church officer (pastors, elder or deacon) was charged with domestic violence in his or her family? What are the issues that need to be worked through and addressed by the community of faith?

  • What it means to be a center accredited by the Ministry Development Council.

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPreparation for Ministry

    If you partner with or use a Ministry Development Council accredited center, you can be assured of the following:

    • Commitment to a mission
    • Specially qualified personnel
    • Procedures of the highest quality
    • Wide range of services offered
    • Close working relationship with church bodies
    • Advantages of being part of a network
  • Why should male ministers preach on domestic violence?

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    by the Rev. Kevin Fredericks, Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Black Mountain, N.C., Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN) Leadership Team

    For years many church leaders have operated from the basic orientation that Domestic Violence is a women's issue. Within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the issue emerged through the Office of Women's Ministry. In a rather subtle and dismissive way church male leadership has frequently assumed that within our denomination there are women specialists who address the cases of domestic violence that emerge from time to time around the denomination. In so doing, we make the ...

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