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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, The Pastor's Promise, Part II, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge considers these questions: What is pastoral prayer all about? What does the Ministry of the Word require of pastors week after week, year after year?

Looking for Ways to Develop Leaders in Your Congregation?

Why not take a "field trip?"
In July 2017, the International Partnership Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery will sponsor a journey to Malawi, Central Africa.  While there, we will spend time with our partners from the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian and the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church discussing understanding and practices for the offices of pastor, deacon, and elder as well as leadership in areas of Christian education and women's ministries.  We hope to learn from their rich tradition of lay ministry and anticipate a leadership retreat as well as opportunities for "shadowing" African leaders in their ministry contexts. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at the conference hour prior to the presbytery meeting on Thursday, December 8. Questions? Contact the Rev. Dave Carver or Jennifer Schrauder.

Are You Confused About Clergy Taxes & in Shape Fiscally?

Two seminars conducted by the Board of Pensions will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on November 17 & 18:

Render Unto Caesar
November 17

“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

Terms of call and clergy taxes can be complicated. This one-day seminar is for those involved in church finances.

The Render Unto Caesar seminar exists to educate treasurers, administrators, active clergy (teaching or commissioned ruling elders), and mid council leaders on how to structure terms of call to be more cost-effective and to clarify clergy tax issues. As a result of the seminar, participants will be able to

From Ken Green, Education Specialist/Church Consultant for Synods of Lincoln Trails and Lakes & Prairies:

"I’m convinced the Render Unto Caesar is the undiscovered gem of our seminars that exists to help church business administrators, financial secretaries, chairs of personnel or finance(depending on the size of the church!)  as well as pastors to do their jobs well and to be aware of both Board and IRS implications of terms of call and other joys of ordained ministry (like the dual tax status of clergy and why that matters!)."

Getting in Shape Fiscally
November 18

The Getting in Shape Fiscally seminar exists to inform and educate plan members, seminarians, and their guests on better ways to manage their personal finances as a component of well-being. As a result of the seminar, participants will be able to

From Ken Green, Education Specialist/Church Consultant for Synods of Lincoln Trails and Lakes & Prairies:

"The idea behind this seminar is to make sure those coming out of seminary (and early in their ministries) understand their benefits so as to get the most value out of them, as well as clarifying nuances of clergy tax status and demystifying the housing allowance so as not to run afoul of the IRS and to negotiate terms of call to the benefit of both the minister and the church."

This seminar fulfills one application requirement for the Seminary Debt Assistance Program.

You may register for one or both seminars online. Registration is open through October 28.

How Can You Help with Disaster Relief from Hurricane Matthew?

After a national or global disaster, we receive numerous calls from congregations and individuals expressing a desire to help. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables mission partners to care for communities adversely affected by catastrophic events. Click here to read more.

Political Activity Guidelines for PC(USA) Organizations

In this presidential election year, questions regarding permissible activities by churches and other PC(USA) entities have been raised. Please review this newly-updated document.

Coming Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center

Continuing Education Opportunities & Events at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:

NOTE: More information about Continuing Education (CE) is available online; all events offer CE Units.



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