• Editorials 17 hours ago

    “ … with those who weep”

    “ … with those who weep”

    by Jack Haberer
    “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” So the Apostle Paul exhorted the church in Rome. In the previous issue of the Outlook I spoke directly to those rejoicing over actions taken at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Now I turn my attention to those weeping. For some among us, the eight-day sojourn in Detroit Lions’ country will be remembered as a failure on the level of children of Israel building a golden calf at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Those hoping to… continue reading...
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  • Book Reviews 17 hours ago

    Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood (bookmark)

    Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood (bookmark)

    by Roy Howard
    Mark Lau Branson and Nicholas Warnes, editors  InterVarsity Press, Downer’s Grove, Ill. 192 pages  At the recent General Assembly, commissioners in the Congregational Vitality Committee were sent into the neighborhood to listen and watch for God “out there.” They went two-by-two into Detroit neighborhoods, striking up conversations and taking notice of what was happening. The premise is that this is increasingly the way new congregations will begin to emerge: from the streets. And that is the premise of this set of essays edited by two seasoned church planters and consultants, describing… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Reporting 1 day ago

    Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer

    Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer

    by Leslie Scanlon
    Steve Hayner The news was not what anyone wanted to hear: despite aggressive treatment, the pancreatic cancer has spread in the body of Steve Hayner, the beloved, gifted president of Columbia Theological Seminary. The board of Columbia seminary will meet Aug. 7 to determine whether Deborah Flemister Mullen, the executive vice-president and dean of faculty, will remain as acting president as she has been since early June while Hayner received treatment, or whether other arrangements need to be made as the start of the fall semester approaches. The board also… continue reading...
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Pastor / Head of Staff

Western Presbyterian Church located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C., seeks an individual who brings joy, authenticity, and passion to our mission. S/he will work to foster the strengths of the congregation, empower lay leadership, and partner with us to discern God’s vision for Western as we grow as a community of faith and service. This special candidate will help us bridge the gap between the church we are and the church we aspire to be. Specifically, there is work to be done in three general areas: community, generosity, and spirituality. Western is a "More Light" church focused on social justice and is looking for a pastor with progressive ideals expressed through a traditional worship setting and our work in the community. We are a 300-member congregation with a rich history and optimistic future. Learn more about the talents, skills, and abilities we are looking for and our hopes for Western in our Ministry Information Form (MIF) #00431.ACO and our website … [Read more...]

Associate Presbyter for Mission

This is a full-time position with generous benefits. The Associate Presbyter for Mission position will be working in the areas of older adult ministry, hunger action, and social justice and will be active part of the Presbytery of West Virginia staff. This position is open to all within our denomination but special preference will be given to ordained ministers and elders within the PCUSA. A position description is available on the Presbytery of West Virginia website wvpresbytery.org. Please send either a résumé or PIF with three references to: [email protected] by August 31st. Presbytery of West Virginia 520 Second Ave South Charleston WV 25303 wvpresbytery.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

“ … with those who weep”

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“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” So the Apostle Paul exhorted the church in Rome. In the previous issue of the Outlook I spoke directly to those rejoicing over actions taken at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Now I turn my attention to those weeping. For some among us, the eight-day sojourn in Detroit Lions’ country will be remembered as a failure on the level of children of Israel building a golden calf at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Those hoping to see the denomination’s highest governing body “steel” itself against proposed policy changes, as they did at the 2012 assembly in Pittsburgh, felt like a lion in a den of Daniels. How shall we respond? First, those self-defining as conservative evangelicals need to own their part of those actions. When two teams agree to play a game and one doesn’t show, what happens? It loses by forfeit. Well, in every GA meeting through the recent decades, scores of evangelicals volunteered … [Read more...]

Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood (bookmark)

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Mark Lau Branson and Nicholas Warnes, editors  InterVarsity Press, Downer’s Grove, Ill. 192 pages  At the recent General Assembly, commissioners in the Congregational Vitality Committee were sent into the neighborhood to listen and watch for God “out there.” They went two-by-two into Detroit neighborhoods, striking up conversations and taking notice of what was happening. The premise is that this is increasingly the way new congregations will begin to emerge: from the streets. And that is the premise of this set of essays edited by two seasoned church planters and consultants, describing various worshipping communities around the country. The essays are seven stories by seven pastors of new and diverse congregations coming into being. They point out that an estimated 3,700 American congregations will stop functioning while 4,000 new congregations will be formed. That is not a pace to keep up with the population. If the church is to remain vital and connected to communities, there … [Read more...]

Company of New Pastors announces expansion plans

GREENSBORO, N.C. (PNS) With more than 400 current participants and 500 alumni/ae, the Company of New Pastors (CNP) is setting its sights even higher. The Rev. Karen Russell, who provides oversight for CNP — a transition-into-ministry program centered in helping seminary students develop a deeply theological core as they enter pastoral ministry — says the program is seeking to broaden its availability. “I think a program like this is even more important today,” said Russell. “Providing for the support and formation of new pastors and pastors-to-be seems to be a no-brainer.” Since 2002, CNP has offered support through mentored peer groups, encouraged the practices of daily prayer and scripture reading, and facilitated sustained theological reflection for more than 500 new pastoral leaders. The program, while simple, has often provided a lifeline for new ministers as they navigate the early years of ministry. Until this year, only those seminary graduates who had participated … [Read more...]

Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer

Steve Hayner

The news was not what anyone wanted to hear: despite aggressive treatment, the pancreatic cancer has spread in the body of Steve Hayner, the beloved, gifted president of Columbia Theological Seminary. The board of Columbia seminary will meet Aug. 7 to determine whether Deborah Flemister Mullen, the executive vice-president and dean of faculty, will remain as acting president as she has been since early June while Hayner received treatment, or whether other arrangements need to be made as the start of the fall semester approaches. The board also is expected to appoint a search committee to consider candidates for an interim president, said Bill Scheu, a lawyer who is chair of the seminary’s board. Hayner, 66, became Columbia’s 9th president in 2009 and previously served as a pastor, professor of evangelism and church growth at Columbia, and president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. “People are grieving,” Scheu said. “They love Steve.” In the days since receiving the … [Read more...]