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Pittsburgh Presbytery Ministerial Meditation

What binds us together and shapes our mission and ministries? In this week's meditation, A People of Hope, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge answers these questions and more.

Are You Struggling with Seminary Debt?

The Financial Aid for Service (FAFS) of the Presbyterian Mission Agency offers resources, expertise, and hope to those struggling with student loan debt. One resource available is Transformational Leadership Debt Assistance (TLDA), a program that offers loan repayment assistance for pastors of small PC(USA) congregations and emerging worshiping communities engaged in a part-time and/or temporary position.

Do You Want a Brighter Financial Future?

Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations is now being offered for pastors serving in the PC (USA) by the Board of Pensions.  This program brings together pastors and congregational leaders to work toward financial sustainability by providing education, consultation, and theological reflection to help all build a brighter financial future together. A one-time grant of up to $10,000 is available to eligible pastors after the pastor and congregational leaders have completed an educational seminar and the pastor has completed online educational modules, as well as financial counseling through Ernst & Young.  The program is paid for by the Board of Pensions and a Lilly Grant.  The grant can be used for debt reduction or for retirement savings. To check the eligibility requirements for the Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations program click here!

The Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz, Senior Church Consultant for the Board of Pensions, will conduct a seminar (one of the required components of the program) on Thursday, March 14, from 7:00-9:00 PM at Southminster Presbyterian Church (799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228). Pastors and key leaders interested in this program are welcome to attend.  To register for the program and to be authorized for the online education modules, please email or call 215-587-7219.

If you are interested in attending the seminar on Thursday, March 14, please contact Cathy Nelson at the offices of Pittsburgh Presbytery (email / 412-697-9210). Pastors are required to bring with them key congregational leaders (e.g. a few elders of session and/or members of the Personnel Committee, etc.) to the seminar.

Better Than Average Training: An Event for Children & Youth Ministry Staff & Volunteers

You know that feeling when you’re surrounded by people who get you?  Who understand what you do and why you do it?  There’s nothing like it and on Thursday, February 28, we want to give you the chance to connect with others from around Pittsburgh who share your passion and commitment to ministry with children and youth.

The Better Than Average Training event seeks to connect leaders to one another and equip them for their roles in ministry with the next generation, whether you’re a veteran full-time staff person or a brand-new volunteer and whether you’re working with preschoolers or high schoolers, there is something for you and every member of your team.

Click here for an informational brochure!

February 28, 2019
Pittsburgh Presbytery Office
4:30-8:30 PM with dinner provided; evening only option available

Need a Ride to Youth Triennium in July!

This summer, thousands of youth from across the country will gather on the campus of Purdue University for the Presbyterian Youth Triennium from July 16-20.  We are working with local presbyteries to coordinate travel.  If your church plans to attend the Triennium, please email the Rev. Brian Wallace. Click here for more information on Presbyterian Youth Triennium and to watch the promo video!

Pittsburgh Presbytery Searching for Candidate to Fill New Staff Position

Pittsburgh Presbytery invites applications for the newly-created position of Director of Justice Ministries. This part-time position will include coordinating and resourcing the presbytery’s ministry teams and initiatives focused on social justice issues. Click here for a list of responsibilities, requirements, and directions for submitting an application.

Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center

Events & Continuing Education Opportunities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:

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



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