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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. — John 15:13
“The thing that I have just wondered at and that’s been marvelous to see is the new perspective that these younger pastors have brought to the churches. They have just developed incredible energy in the churches. All five of the churches are interested in doing new things in new ways — and doing some old things in new ways.”
–Pastor Craig Butler, Transitional Associate for Congregational Support at the Presbytery of West Virginia
Part 1: Small Church Residency Program a hit in WV
First-call pastors fresh out of seminary school with plenty of enthusiasm and desire looking for a congregation to begin their ministry. Small churches searching for a preacher to lead them in new and exciting directions. Seems like a match made, well, from heaven.
It’s the kind of relationship that is fueling the Small Church Residency Program within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Formerly known as “For Such a Time as This,” the Small Church Residency Program places fresh-out-of-seminary pastors into churches where one is needed with the hope of giving the pastor a starting point and also revitalizing the congregation with which it lands. Currently, there are five churches in the Presbytery of West Virginia that participate in the program.
To read more about the Small Church Residency Program, click here.
Church of the Mountain a haven for hikers
Its name pretty much says it all. The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain is just that – a congregation located in the Appalachian Mountains in Delaware Water Gap, PA. What the name doesn’t tell you is that the congregation opens its doors to complete strangers, providing shelter any time of the day, 365 days a year.
The Church of the Mountain is located in eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River, which makes up the state border with New Jersey. Hikers will know Delaware Water Gap as a town that sits on a trailhead, or entrance, to the Appalachian Trail. They will remember the Church of the Mountain as a place that offers necessities for the weary walkers who are on an excursion along the 2,200-mile path that stretches from Maine to Georgia.
To read more about this ministry, click here.
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PC(USA) Stated Clerk affirms, shares NBPC statement on Baltimore
In the midst of the anguish taking place in Baltimore presently, the National Black Presbyterian Caucus has issued a powerful and clear statement. The Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, affirms their message and shares it with the larger church and the world for thought and action. Read more here.