Reports and study guides

  • What Is Multicultural Worship? Leader Guide

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyMulticultural Congregational Support

    From the Thoughtful Christian

    Is it possible to worship with people of such different backgrounds and experiences?

    The current buzzword in many Christian churches today is “multicultural worship.” Is this just another church-growth fad? Is it simply a dream of some leaders who want to incorporate music and liturgical toys that remind us of Christians in other countries? Just what is multicultural worship and how does it work? Actually, multicultural worship appears to be the way God desires us to worship throughout the Bible. God seems to push us to not only tolerate others but to accept them and be ...

  • What Is Multicultural Worship? Participant Guide

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyMulticultural Congregational Support

    From the Thoughtful Christian

    Is it possible to worship with people of such different backgrounds and experiences?

    The current buzzword in many Christian churches today is “multicultural worship.” Is this just another church-growth fad? Is it simply a dream of some leaders who want to incorporate music and liturgical toys that remind us of Christians in other countries? Just what is multicultural worship and how does it work? Actually, multicultural worship appears to be the way God desires us to worship throughout the Bible. God seems to push us to not only tolerate others but to accept them and be ...

  • What do Presbyterians really believe?

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    We can find out what individual Presbyterians are supposed to believe by reading the confessions, but how do we learn what they actually believe? Responses to Presbyterian Panel surveys give us details on personal beliefs as well information on religious backgrounds, church participation and demographic characteristics from a recent national survey of members, elders and ministers.

  • What if your church held a vigil to honor victims of domestic violence

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPHEWA

    It is through our faith and our commitment to Jesus Christ that we continue to work for justice. It is through our faith communities that we work and struggle together. This is a positive message we have to offer our brothers and sisters working against violence.

  • What is News? | Workshop presentation

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyPresbyterian Communicators Network

    A news workshop by Jerry L. Van Marter, Coordinator of the Presbyterian News Service.

  • Why Choose the PC(USA)

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyTheology, Worship and Education

    Some congregations are wrestling with whether or not to maintain their connection to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here are just a few of the many reasons for them to choose to remain within the denomination. ►See also Why I Belong

  • Why and How the Church Makes Social Policy Witness

    From Office of the General Assembly

    A report adopted by the 205th General Assembly (1993) and revised by the 212th General Assembly (2000).

    The report on "Why and How the Church Makes a Social Policy Witness" explores and responds to the discomfort experienced by some members and congregations with the social witness policies and programs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The task force was appointed in 1988 by the Committee on Social Witness Policy (CSWP). The CSWP sent this report to the 204th General Assembly (1992) for purposes of study. A consultation between the General Assembly Council and the sixteen synods
    was held November ...

  • Win-Lose Struggles and Their Costs

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    Win-lose, in one form or another, appears to be the prevailing strategy for making decisions and resolving conflicts in the church. This is true of local churches, regional church bodies such as Presbyteries, conferences, districts, synods, or dioceses, and it is true of national agency staffs and boards. Without counting the costs of win-lose, church members and leaders have tended to create competitive norms and operating procedures within their organizations.

  • Witness and Evangelism Among People of Other Faiths

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyInterfaith Relations

    Guidelines on evangelism for Presbyterians, based on 195th and 199th General Assembly Actions.

  • Witness in Washington - December 17, 2010

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyOffice of Public Witness

    The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness wishes you blessings for a joyful Advent and a very Merry Christmas. This office will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday beginning Friday, December 17, and returning on Monday, January 3, 2011. We wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to resuming publication then.

    This week’s message:

    • Please join us for a special Presbyterian Training Day and Ecumenical Advocacy Days

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