Resources

Valuable Resources To Help Your Congregation

This is a list of the resources the Presbytery has put together to help your congregation grow and thrive. If there is something you need that you can’t find here, please contact the office and let us know.

Presbytery Operations Documents

Manual of Administrative Operations
2019 01-06-2020 12:56
Name Version Last Modified
Presbytery Operations
Use of Facilities Agreement
2008 01-06-2020 14:05
Treasurer's Manual
2017 01-06-2020 13:43
Presbytery of Riverside Gracious Discernment, Dismissal, & Transfer Policy
2018 01-06-2020 13:42
On Calling A Pastor
2015 01-06-2020 14:12
Minutes Review Requirements
2018 01-06-2020 14:08
Handbook on Standard Orientation Exams
2018 01-06-2020 14:11
Handbook for New Chairpersons
2018 01-06-2020 13:37

Self Care, Retreats, Inspiration, & Training

Stillpoint – Retreats, Spiritual Direction
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center  – Retreats
Ghost Ranch – spiritual retreats and workshops in New Mexico
Companions on the Inner Way – contemplative retreats  
The Work of the People – an inspirational challenging visual (often video) subscription.

Kaleidoscope Institute – building leadership for sustainable churches and communities.
San Francisco Theological Seminary
CA Board of Equalization Nonprofit Online Seminars
Customers can register for Church Mutual courses here.  Or call 1-888-255-9622. 
Inland Empire Small Business Development Center holds workshops in business software and business topics
Udemy: Online deeply discounted courses in a wide variety of subjects and skills – art, photography, mindfulness, graphic design, social media.

Supplies & Ministry Helps

Textweek.com for sermon preparation
Worship Design Studio – Themed worship series and resources for worship planners.
San Francisco Theological Seminary
Cokesbury  -Books, religious apparel, furnishings, candles, jewelry, music, and other church supplies.  The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation has endorsed Cokesbury as its official retail partner to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

Presbyterian Church USA Resources

PCUSA Antiracism Resources (pdf)
PCUSA News
Today’s Mission Yearbook
Submit a Hunger Action Congregations Covenant to the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leaders
Board of Pensions provides benefits and financial planning services for members. 
The Presbytery of Riverside regional representative is Clayton Cobb, 267-844-2411
Board of Pensions newsletters
Board of Pensions Board University 
Benefit Plan Well-Being Retreat

Advisory Handbook on Preparation for Ministry (Dec 2017)

The Presbyterian Foundation -investing and funding mission, stewardship coaching, endowment, and estate planning.

Contact The Rev. Dr. Steven E Wirth
Ministry Relations Officer for the Southwest
3240 Marna Ave, Long Beach, CA  90808
Cell: 562-304-3410
Toll Free: 866-860-3383
Fax: 562-684-4541
E-Mail: steven.wirth@presbyterianfoundation.org

PC USA Store – PCUSA  program-specific resources – e.g. Presbyterian Women, Special Offering, Magazines, and Hymnals.
Book of Order 2017/2019

Presbyterian Mission
Newsletter Subscriptions – PCUSA, PDA, Mission, Advocacy, Youth, Lectionary.
Young Adult Volunteers

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
Ways to give or designate to a specific disaster. 
Prepare to Care:  Guide to Disaster Ministry in Your Congregation

Local and Regional Resources

Data, IT, Social Media, and Publicity Resources

News & Communications in the PCUSA – social media of the PCUSA – Facebook pages
PCUSA RSS Feeds will provide the code for you to put PC(USA) lectionary readings & News in your website.
The Connected Church – Social media trends, resources, and strategies for churches
Nonprofits on Facebook:  Strategies for raising awareness, supporters, and funds. 
Kaleidoscope Institute – Gracious and Mutual Invitation and other Respectful communication principles
Tech Soup:  A source of IT software, hardware at a discount for non-profits.
MissionInsite: Demographic and contextual analysis tools for congregations to explore community information & ministry options. 
Followerwonk:Analysis of Twitter Users – see analytics – active hours, social activity, counts, word cloud, social authority of followers on Twitter
Google Analytics – tool for understanding how your customer interacts with your site(s).
G Suite for Nonprofits – set of tools from Google specifically for non-profits – free or low cost Gmail, cloud storage, Google Adwords, Youtube
Pixel Perfect Hashtag rules for different Platforms – When to #tag.

Images/Video/Copyright 
Christian Copyright Solutions Myths about Licensing
CCLI licensing for Streaming
Social Media Cheat Sheet for Images – Recommended profile and cover image sizes for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, etc.
How to Make a YouTube Video
Creative Commons – source of public domain images
Pixabay – source of images.
Unsplash – source of images
Word Cloud Generator:  Make fun & educational visual representations of the frequency of words occurring in a text

Congregational Publicity Ideas
Get a Media Grant from the Gannett Foundation

Target your publicity and mission to your demographics
MissionInsite – ComparativeInsite report -demographic profile of defined mission area compared to demographic profile of organization’s people.
Measures of Community Wellness & Health Issues

Phone a Friend: Congregations to ask if you want to...

Publish services & sermons as video on YouTube:
Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church YouTube Channel

Start a learning Community Wellness Center:
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, Yucca Valley

Partner with Head Start:
Westminster Presbyterian Ontario

Have a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) Program

Start a new worshiping community without a building:
Transformation Multicultural Fellowship meets at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce

Be an Earth Care Congregation:
First Presbyterian Church of San Bernardino.