It’s of no surprise that the past several months have been demanding of pastors and congregations. The churches in the Presbytery (and all over the USA) suddenly had to move from in-person worship to virtual worship. Those who attended ‘regular’ services could no longer meet in person. Now they met
Each year PCUSAers determine what is needed for a pastor to live in the bounds of our presbytery. It considers the cost of housing, the needs of family and friends and the compensation that recognizes a pastors training and commitment. This year the commission that oversees pastoral relationships recommends an
The technology worked just fine. The issues were just too-close-to-call to do it all on a three-hour internet-enabled call and a second meeting had to be scheduled for Saturday night to elect the co-moderators. With an impressive array of support some 700 commissioners, advisory delegates, and corresponding members gathered on
Eight months ago, Riverside Presbytery invited me to become Coordinator of the Vital Congregations Initiative. I have loved doing this work. And I am still learning about VCI as well as the ways that God is working through YOU. I am excited that we have nine churches working their way
A Forward-Thinking Outlook On
Living A Life In Christ
The church isn't a building or an institution. It is the people of the congregations that are the church, and the church must spread The Gospel as far as possible.
The children of God need to be cared for, no matter their lot in life. As servants of Christ, we are called to shelter them, nurture them, and provide spiritual fellowship to them.
We bring all members of the church into the sacred space of worship, allowing the Holy Spirit to move fully through the body of Christ.
The Divine Truth is available for all, but it is through interaction with it, discussion about it, and practical application of it that our lives are made whole through God.
Followers of Christ are called to serve their neighbors. Through "radical neighboring" we find the ways that the body of Christ around us is being underserved and offer what we can.
Christ called us to prepare the Kingdom of Heaven. God calls us to demonstrate what that looks like to the world through our actions.