Pastoral leadership is hard work. The challenge of sustaining faithful service to Jesus Christ and those who seek to follow him is real. And it is an abiding challenge. How can it be done?
Across its history the church has discerned disciplines that sustain faithful service in pastoral leadership. These disciplines have been gathered together to help pastoral leaders measure their own practice of ministry – to be grateful for areas where they are strong, and to identify practices that can strengthen them as pastoral leaders. These documents have often (though not always) been titled “Rule.” Rule in this sense …
This Final Report of the Independent Abuse Review Panel (IARP) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) summarizes fact-finding inquiries conducted since 2004 into reports of past physical and sexual abuse on Presbyterian mission fields.
The Final Report, then, mirrors the past 7 years in all of these ways. The pages that follow form a whole that is complex, and nuanced, with interlocking components. It requires a careful reading of the whole in order to appreciate the full context of the parts.
-Past, Present and Future
-What happened then and what to do now
-Who is responsible for what
The Final Report …
This is a lecture delivered by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bailey about Arabic-speaking Christians in the Middle East. It was given at the Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus Banquet at the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Richmond, VA, June 29, 2004.
Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Serving Faithfully—the full article archives by topic (English-language).
This report and its recommendations are in response to the following referral: 2004 Referral: Item 10-09. On Preparing a Policy Statement on Usury in the United States - From the Presbytery of Utah (Minutes, 2004, Part I, pp. 60, 798-99).
The 216th General Assembly (2004)'s referred Item 10-09, an overture from the Presbytery of Utah as amended (Minutes, 2004, Part I, pp. 60, 798-99), to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy to investigate the question of usury in the United States and to prepare a resolution for the 217th General Assembly (2006) that would achieve the following:
1. More …
Emphasizing the common good has clear implications for improving the economic security of older Americans. For example, Social Security is not a personal retirement plan but a social insurance program— a compact with other people, other generations, and the United States government. The essence of social insurance is community, that is, we are all in this together as God’s children. It also affirms the responsibility to make health insurance available to all Americans, not just to one’s own family.
This directory lists 562 Asian Presbyterian fellowships and churches in the United States. Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, South Asian, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese.
Get the directory of Asian Presbyterian churches in the United States.
A directory of Asian Presbyterian churches.
These journal entries come from a young soldier deployed to Iraq during the early days of the war in 2003. He has shared his reflections, anonymously, so that others may know something of what young men and women in the military faced.