Southwestern Pennsylvania’s density of Presbyterian congregations has known its share of division in these times. Amid all of that the good news of Christ – and of unity in Him – still shines through in the small churches
The confusion, tension and polarization we are witnessing in American society at large is making its way into our pews, Sunday school classes and Session tables. How should we as leaders respond this cultural transformation? Is there some way to teach and lead that goes beyond our typical fight, flight or avoidance tendencies?
In the midst of chaotic cultural change, thousands of small membership churches shine the bright light of Christ in communities, both rural and urban across our land. Though smaller congregations can feel disconnected and isolated, the yearning for community has been the impetus for many to cultivate networks or clusters involving smaller churches. The discovery is that “together is better;” together churches are encouraged, empowered, and mobilized.
At this year’s National Gathering we will have a unique opportunity to travel to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Because of his role as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, we forget that he was a pastor and church leader first.