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.

Manual of Administrative Operations
2022.01.012 10-02-2023 11:44 Download
Handbook for New Chairpersons
1.0 09-10-2020 10:17 Download
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Presbytery Operations
Use of Facilities Agreement
2008 06-01-2020 13:05 Download
Treasurer's Manual
2017 06-01-2020 12:43 Download
Presbytery of Riverside Gracious Discernment, Dismissal, & Transfer Policy
2018 06-01-2020 12:42 Download
PCUSA Legal Resource Manual
30930 06-09-2021 8:46 Download
On Calling A Pastor
2015 06-01-2020 13:12 Download
Minutes Review Requirements
2018 06-01-2020 13:08 Download
Handbook on Standard Ordination Exams
2018 06-01-2020 13:11 Download

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 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)
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 

Advisory Handbook on Preparation for Ministry (Dec 2017)

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

Contact Maggie Harmon
Ministry Relations Officer for the Southwest
6788 Armour Dr
Oakland, CA  94611
Cell: 510-688-8595
Toll Free: 866-860-3383

PC USA Store – PCUSA  program-specific resources – e.g. Presbyterian Women, Special Offering, Magazines, and Hymnals.
Book of Order 2019/2023

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.

COVID Vaccines and HIPAA Midcouncil Q&A

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. 
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 – Gmail, cloud storage, Google Adwords, Youtube

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

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

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

To contact any other church for questions or advice.
In-C Directory