Racial Justice Resources from Presbytery of the Miami Valley
"Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against, and work against racism." -Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is assembling a list of resources to help equip churches to work against racism and seek racial justice.
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Watch a video about PMV’s journey to sponsor a host site for tornado recovery volunteers
This video shares the journey of Presbytery of the Miami Valley sponsoring an ecumenical host site for volunteers helping with tornado recovery. This endeavor has allowed the presbytery to partner with many organizations including Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Group, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Lutheran Social Services, and the Presbytery of Charlotte. Additionally, several members of congregations throughout the presbytery have been involved with making the host site ready.
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Synod of the Covenant Grants
The Synod of the Covenant is offering these grant opportunities:
COVID Emergency Need Grants for Higher Education Students
For emergency expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as emergency transportation home, broken lease, additional expenses at school or at home, etc. Recipients of these grants must qualify for Higher Education Scholarships, though they do not have to be awarded a scholarship in the current academic year in order to receive an emergency need grant. These grants can be as much as $500. Apply by December 4, 2020.
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Get to know the Presbyteries of the Synod of the Covenant
The Synod is posting a weekly video featuring each of the eleven presbyteries. The videos give a glimpse of just some of what God is doing through our churches and members. Each video features leaders from the presbyteries, hosted by interim executive Chip Hardwick.
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NEXT Church 2021 National Gathering March 5-7
A FREE Live-Streamed Gathering for all Church Leaders
Registration is now open for the NEXT Church 2021 National Gathering to be held March 5-7. This is a FREE Live-Streamed Gathering for all Church Leaders. This year’s theme is “Breaking, Blessing, Building: A Call for The Common Good.”
The NEXT Church National Gathering is filled with church leaders (pastors and lay people) sharing stories of their experiences of ministry, new ideas they are trying, and honest conversations about ministry today. Creative worship centers participants around God's presence, and multiple opportunities to engage in workshops and conversation about particular aspects of ministry foster new and deeper connections.
NEXT Church is a network of leaders - church members, ruling elders, youth leaders, educators, pastors, seminarians and professors - across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful and more agile. NEXT Church provides hopeful space for robust conversations about the theology, culture, and the practice of ministry, supports strong, faithful leadership in a time of adaptive change, and encourages collaboration and creativity across congregations and geographies.
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If you haven't done it, yet, we encourage you to like our newly revised Presbytery of the Miami Valley Facebook Page. We are posting announcements, events, and other items of interest on the page to help Presbyterians in the Miami Valley keep up with what's going on in our presbytery and its churches. Thanks so much!
During the coronavirus pandemic we are also posting important updates using this platform.
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A resource for churches: On Calling An Educator
The revised On Calling An Educator manual is now available online in downloadable format. The manual is designed to be a resource for Presbyterian churches that are considering calling an educator to be a part of the church staff. In addition, this is also a resource for Christian educators who are responding to a call from God to educational ministry in the church and are seeking a position. Congregations and educators will find guidance in these pages for their separate and mutual journeys toward providing the best leadership for the important task of education.
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Regarding Ruling Elders
Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This monthly PC(USA) series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity for Ruling Elders to reflect upon how they are lived out.
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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. NEXT Church provides space for hopeful conversations about the theology, culture, and practice of ministry in a time of adaptive change.
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Initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
The 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities by 2022.
Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping communities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.
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Northminster Mission Fund
Grants up to $5,000.00 are available to individual Congregations, Congregations in Partnership, Designated Presbytery Networks, and Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, for the continued purpose of building up the body of Christ. Pending available funds, grants may be renewed for one year.