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    Reordering our ordered ministry

    Reordering our ordered ministry

    by Jack Haberer
    When the store or online retailer cancels your order, what do you do? You reorder the item there or elsewhere. When graduating seniors seated in alphabetical order fall out of sequence, the monitors do their best to reorder them. When the ministry ordained and structured by God goes awry, ecclesiastical leaders reorder the company of leaders. Given the awkward way that divine inspiration and intentions mix with the ever-creative ways human agents prove to be so undivine, the need to reorder ministries has always been with us. So last Sunday,… continue reading...
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  • Outpost Blog 1 day ago

    Campus edge: Conversations about millennials and ministry

    Campus edge: Conversations about millennials and ministry

    by Mihee Kim-Kort
    The hope in this ministry is to view the college as a ‘mission field.’ • It’s not about getting PEOPLE to fill the PEWS. • It’s not about getting PEOPLE to give us PLEDGES. IU is a place in which there are PEOPLE that can be changed by encountering God’s PRESENCE in us. (From a report to the two PC(USA) churches in Bloomington about the kind of perspective necessary for campus ministry by the IU Campus Ministry task force) I work with college students. Even though I don’t look it… continue reading...
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  • Movie Reviews 2 days ago

    Film in review – “Obvious Child”

    Film in review – “Obvious Child”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    I share a parking lot with a Catholic school. All during the school year, I park next to cars with bumper stickers that proclaim things like “It’s not a choice, it’s a life.” And “God is pro-life.” And even “abortion is murder.” Not all of us Presbyterians share these sentiments, of course. We are, judging by our General Assembly pronouncements anyway, reluctant pro-choicers. We say we don’t condone abortion as a form of belated birth control and that the decision should never be taken lightly. But, especially in the cases… continue reading...
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Reordering our ordered ministry

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When the store or online retailer cancels your order, what do you do? You reorder the item there or elsewhere. When graduating seniors seated in alphabetical order fall out of sequence, the monitors do their best to reorder them. When the ministry ordained and structured by God goes awry, ecclesiastical leaders reorder the company of leaders. Given the awkward way that divine inspiration and intentions mix with the ever-creative ways human agents prove to be so undivine, the need to reorder ministries has always been with us. So last Sunday, when floating in the neighborhood pool and conversing with a young adult Baptist singing the praises of his pastor’s sermon, we got to talking about the way his pastor does his work versus how we Presbyterians do ours. “The pastor casts the vision, and the people support it,” he said as if that was a formula deeply inscribed in the cerebral cortex. “Doesn’t work that way for us Presbyterian pastors,” I chimed in. “We have just one vote among … [Read more...]

Solo Pastor or Pastor Couple

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Longview, Texas is a vibrant 200-member, diverse and loving church family in the Piney Woods of East Texas. We have a proud heritage of service to the community. We look forward to a ministry with strong preaching, fresh ideas aimed at new membership, and an emphasis on music and youth. See MIF #10498.AB0, standrewpres.org, or send PIF to [email protected] St Andrew Presbyterian Church 2500 McCannLongview TX 75301 standrewpres.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Retired Pastor in Residence

Retired pastor? Want a Montana experience? Need the space and peace to write or explore a spiritual discipline? Glacier Presbytery is looking for someone to serve as Retired Pastor in Residence for a very small, very rural congregation for a year. For more info: http://glacierpresbytery.org/Pastor-In-Residence/pir.aspx or call Marsha Anson 406-871-2135.   Glacier Presbytery PO Box 1480 Polson MT 59860 Job Type: Part-time … [Read more...]

Transitions (from the August 4, 2014 issue)

Donald P. Hammond, from associate director for enrollment, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, Calif., to interim pastor, The Presbyterian Church, Needham, Mass. Billy Michael Honor, from designated pastor to installed pastor, New Life Church, College Park, Ga. Deborah Lind-Schmitz, from transitional pastor to installed pastor, the Presbyterian Church, Geneva, N.Y. Emmett Powers, from temporary supply, First Church, Austin, Ark., to interim pastor, Trinity Church, Bixby, Okla. Brady Radford, from counselor, New Horizons Counseling Center, Norcross, Ga., to associate pastor, Oakhurst Church, Decatur, Ga.   … [Read more...]

August 4, 2014: Digital issue for subscribers

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The digital issue of the Presbyterian Outlook’s August 4, 2014 issue is now available!  It is viewable on almost all computers, tablets, and smartphones. Click here to view the digital issue.       WHAT’S NEXT FOR EVANGELICALS Presbyterians both pleased and discomfited by the decisions of the 2014 General Assembly are finding a way to move forward. Evangelicals who remain in the denomination, at least for now, are considering new realities. Leslie Scanlon reports. REORDERING OUR ORDERED MINISTRIES One of the greatest distinctives of Presbyterian life is its commitment to parity and partnership in ministry. What does that look like? A collection of essays explore. TWILIGHT ON AMERICAN ENLIGHTENMENT Michael Parker reviews George Marsden’s book considering America’s power, prestige and intellectual crisis in the 1950s and today. … [Read more...]

Rabbi David Saperstein will be first non-Christian to serve as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Monday (July 28) said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. As ambassador, the man named as the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009 will head the State Department’s Office of Religious Freedom, and will be tasked with monitoring religious freedom abuses around the world. A Reform rabbi and lawyer, Saperstein, 66, has led the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for 30 years, and has spent his career in Washington, focusing on social justice and religious freedom issues. He was instrumental in the 1993 passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which requires the government to show a compelling reason for any action that impinges upon the exercise of religion. He was the first chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which was created as a … [Read more...]