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Local mission giving in PC(USA) churches increases in 2015

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:00

May 16, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

Louisville

Local mission giving in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations went up by almost $7.7 million in 2015, according to annual statistics of the denomination released today.

And that increase in giving was despite the fact that the number of congregations decreased by 187 between 2014 and 2015 and the number of active members went down by 95,107. The denomination has 9,642 churches, compared to 9,829 in 2014. It also has 1,572,660 members, compared to 1,667,767 in 2014.

Con respecto a los ancianos/as gobernantes: Los ancianos/as gobernantes y el cuidado pastoral

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:08

May 16, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Zeena Regis

Louisville

En mi trabajo como capellana de hospicio, a menudo pregunto a mis pacientes y a sus cuidadores sobre su sistema de apoyo; aquellas personas que les están ayudando a  enfrentar este tiempo extremadamente difícil y profundo en sus vidas.  Muchas veces, estas personas hablan sobre su fe en Dios, sobre sus familiares y sus amistades cercanas, pero raramente de los miembros de sus iglesias. A veces, yo les pregunto específicamente como su comunidad de fe les está apoyando. 

‘Company of New Pastors’ program provides formation framework for ministry

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:00

A personal reflection from Camille LeBron Powell

May 16, 2016

Co-pastor mentors Camille LeBron Powell (Bottom row, center) and Byron Wade (Bottom row, far right) with members of the Company of New Pastors Southeast Covenant Group during their retreat on Johns Island, SC, May 1-4, 2016. —Courtesy Company of New Pastors

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Camille LeBron Powell

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Camille LeBron Powell is a pastor mentor for the Company of New Pastors and a Teaching Elder at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Tucker, Georgia, in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Her co-pastor mentor, Byron Wade, is Teaching Elder of Davie Street Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, a congregation in the Presbytery of New Hope.

사역 장로에 관하여: 사역 장로와 목회적 돌봄

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:52

May 16, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Zeena Regis

Louisville

나는 호스피스 채플린으로 사역을 하는 가운데 종종 환자들 및 그들을 돌보는 자들에게 그들을 지원해 주는 사람들에 대해 말해달라고 요청한다. 즉 그들이 이렇게 어렵고 힘겨운 삶의 시기를 잘 통과할 수 있도록 도움을 주는 사람들에 대해 말해달라고 요청하곤 한다. 그들은 종종 하나님에 대한 그들의 신앙과 가족 식구들 및 친한 친구들에 대해 말하지만, 교회 성도들에 대해서는 거의 언급하지 않는다. 그래서 때로는 그들의 신앙 공동체가 그들을 어떻게 지원하고 있는지에 대해 말해 달라고 내가 특별히 묻곤 한다.

Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and pastoral care

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:33

May 16, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Zeena Regis

Louisville

<한국의> <Espaňol> In my work as hospice chaplain, I often ask my patients and their caregivers to tell me about their circle of support; those people who are helping them get through this extremely difficult and profound time in their lives. They often talk about their faith in God, family members, and close friends, but rarely the members of their church. Sometimes I’ll specifically ask them to tell me how their faith community is supporting them.

PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 4 Preview

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 09:13

The Way Forward Committee to consider OGA-PMA merger, GA changes

May 16, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Jerry Van Marter

General Assembly news team

LOUISVILLE

After a two-year period of denominational soul-searching, the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is poised this June to consider dramatic changes to the ways the 1.66 million-member church conducts its ecclesial and mission work.

Underwood Park CrossFit nurtures bodies and souls

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:42

New worshiping community housed in a gym promotes physical and spiritual wellness

May 13, 2016

Arm in arm, this class finished with circle sit-ups: all the athletes pulling each other up so that no one is left behind. —Lauren Grogan

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Michael Plank has put the cross into CrossFit. The bi-vocational and decidedly entrepreneurial pastor of Underwood Park CrossFit, a new worshiping community in Albany Presbytery, pursued his call to ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary while at the same time discovering a newfound passion for physical fitness.

Ecumenical conference explores dynamics of bi-vocational ministry

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:16

May 13, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Toya Richards

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Nestled in a retreat center on the largest of the Golden Isles along Georgia’s southern Atlantic coast, an ecumenical group of bi-vocational pastors and church leaders sought restoration and rejuvenation recently in an effort to more fully live into bi-vocational ministry.

They were gathered for the first “Bi-vocational Ministry in the 21st Century Conference,” sponsored by Professional Church Leadership, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the United Church of Christ (UCC). The two-day event, held at Epworth By the Sea, featured plenary sessions, workshop tracks for bi-vocational pastors and judicatory leaders, worship, fellowship, and relaxation time.

Youth Triennium registration continues as speaker lineup announced

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:00

July 19-23 event expected to draw more than 4,500 Presbyterian youth to ‘GO’

May 13, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian Youth Triennium registration is still underway, with a May 31, 2016 early-bird registration deadline approaching for the July 19-23 event held on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Registration closes June 10, 2016 for the event sponsored by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches.

PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 13 Preview

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 06:00

Administrative committee to consider confirmation of presidents, directors, board

May 13, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Bob Sloan

General Assembly news team

LOUISVILLE

Confirming the election and reelection of the presidents of the denomination’s loan program and publishing company are among the numerous items to be decided by Assembly Committee 13 during the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 222nd General Assembly, June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon.

Robert Day Miller dies at age 81

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:43

PC(USA) pastor, advocate and administrator challenged systems of discrimination

May 12, 2016

Robert Day Miller. —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Robert Day Miller (1934-2016) passed away peacefully on May 3, 2016. A teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Miller served in various capacities in the church both pre- and post-reunion, for nearly 50 years.

PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 12 Preview

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:00

Peacemaking and International Issues committee explores reconciliation, connections

May 12, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Bob Sloan

General Assembly news team

LOUISVILLE

The denomination’s role in helping build a bridge of reconciliation between the United States and South Korea regarding the Korean War tragedy in the village of No Gun Ri is the subject of one of seven overtures to be discussed by the Peacemaking and International Issues Committee during the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)222nd General Assembly, which takes place June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon.

US prepares to dump 500 metric tons of peanuts on Haiti

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:55

Many groups believe importing foreign foods is a root cause of poverty

May 11, 2016

Locally produced Haitian peanuts held by a farmer. —Cindy Corell

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

LOUISVILLE

It seems like a no-brainer: the U.S. department of Agriculture’s plan to donate 500 metric tons of surplus dry roasted peanuts to feed 140,000 malnourished children in Haiti. But if you look just a little deeper, Presbyterian World Mission and dozens of other concerned organizations, say it is actually a recipe for disaster.

변화의 시기 동안 노회 리더십을 강화하기 위해 기획된 훈련 행사

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:46

May 11, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

한 노회는 수십 년 동안 지도자로 섬긴 후 은퇴한 총무를 계승할 임시 총무를 찾고 있다. 두 개의  노회는 한 명의 서기를 공유하고 있다. 다른 노회들은 행정 직원을 공유하고 협력 선교의 모델을 탐구하기 위해 애쓰고 있다.

Street-Stewart는 모든 사람들이 “우리에게 도래하고 있는 변화들을 우리가 어떻게 맞이해야 합니까?”라고 질문하고 있다고 말한다.

Training event designed to strengthen presbytery leadership for changing times

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:39

May 11, 2016

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

Louisville

As executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Elona Street-Stewart is increasingly aware of the changes swirling through the sixteen presbyteries within her synod’s bounds.

One presbytery is looking for an interim to succeed an executive who retired after decades of leadership. Two presbyteries are sharing a single stated clerk. Other presbyteries are banding together to share administrative staff and explore cooperative models of mission.

PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 14 Preview

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 08:00

Theological Issues and Institutions committee to grapple with new Directory for Worship

May 11, 2016

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Jerry Van Marter

General Assembly news team

LOUISVILLE

Twelve years in the making, the 222nd General Assembly is poised this June to adopt a new Directory for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) First, the document (item 14-04) will be thoroughly reviewed by the Assembly Committee on Theological Issues and Institutions before it goes to the full Assembly for adoption and then on to the church’s 172 presbyteries for ratification in the coming year.

Committee receives one challenge to its nominee for PC(USA) Stated Clerk - Korean

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:15

May 11, 2016

News Release

Louisville

위원회가 미국 정서기 공천자에 대한 이의 신청을 접수하다

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David M. Baker목사는 차기 미국 장로교 정서기로 J. Herbert Nelson목사가 공천된 것에 이의를 제기했다.

탬파 베이 노회 서기인 베이커 목사는 제 222차 미국 장로교 총회 (2016) 개최 45일 전이면서 또한 이의 신청 마감일인 5월 4일에 위원회의 공천에 반대한다는 그의 입장을 정서기 공천 위원회 (SCNC)에 통지했다.

베이커 목사는 위원회가 정한 신청 과정을 마친 13명 중의 한 사람으로서 위원회의 공천에 이의를 제기할 수 있는 자격을 갖추고 있다. SCNC는 4월 19일에 워싱톤 디시에 위치한 공공 증언 사무실 책임자인 넬슨이 공천자가 될 것이라고 발표했다.

6월 19일 일요일에 포틀랜드에서 열리는 총회 전체 회의 기간 ...

Se entregó reporte a la asamblea sobre identidad y propósito de la IP(EE.UU.)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:10

May 11, 2016

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Toya Richards

Directora de Comunicaciones y Secretaria Asistente Permanente

Louisville

Ha emergido un dinámico retrato familiar de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) a causa de la reciente conversación a nivel de toda la iglesia sobre la identidad y el propósito de la denominación; y Dios, Cristo, el amor y el mundo se encuentran entre los temas más importantes.

También fue dominante el compromiso con la Teología Reformada, y al llamado de las escrituras con respecto al ministerio fuera de la iglesia. Ese es el mensaje que viene de «Cuando nos reunimos en la mesa: panorama de la IP(EE.UU.) (PDF)», un informe del Comité de la Oficina de la Asamblea General (COGA) para la 222ª Asamblea General (2016).

James Hickson Lee dies at age 48

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:46

Prophetic pastor and intercultural ministry leader envisioned Christ’s church as new, diverse community

May 10, 2016

James Hickson Lee. —Courtesy of New Covenant Fellowship

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. James Hickson Lee (1968-2016), a teaching elder member of Mission Presbytery and a tireless advocate for intercultural ministry, died on Friday morning, May 6, at his home in Austin, Texas.

Support grows for national boycott of Wendy’s Restaurants

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:00

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) endorses the initiative

May 10, 2016

Coalition of Immokalee Workers and supporters demonstrate against Wendy’s Restaurants in March on the campus of the University of Louisville. —Andrew Kang Bartlett

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has been trying for 10 years to convince the Wendy’s company to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), which focuses on the rights of farmworkers. Despite its pleas, the Ohio-based fast food company has said no. Now the CIW is ramping up its campaign by calling for a national boycott of the food chain. This is only the second time in the group’s history that a national boycott has been called. The first time was 15 years ago against Taco Bell.

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