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  • The Body of Christ: The Next Generations

    In Making Kingdom Disciples: A New Framework, we point out that Calvin’s emphasis regarding making disciples begins at the earliest stages of a covenant person’s life. The sooner we begin to self-consciously disciple our covenant children, the easier it will be for them to see themselves as covenant children belonging to God’s kingdom and that being a Christian is not only about going to church, or personally believing in Jesus, or reading or hearing the Bible, but every day of the week in all things we are to live for Christ.

  • The Kingdom Misunderstood, Part 1

    I begin by introducing you to Bill and Mary Wright. Bill is a 34 year old husband and father of two children, Terry 10 and Susan 7. Mary is a stay at home mom and has home schooled her children for a couple years, though they are presently attending a Christian school that meets in their church. Bill and Mary are active church members and clearly demonstrate a love for the Lord that is obvious to others.

  • Presenting Christ to Children, Page 2

    Repentance is the other side of faith: The basic idea of repentance is to stop moving in one direction and begin moving in another. 1. Children who are raised in nurturing Christian families and churches, and who respond to Christ at an early age, may as adults look back and wonder, from what, if anything, … Continued

  • Presenting Christ to Children

    Making disciples and assisting parents to disciple their children is the long term task of the church’s ministry. Discipleship is more than eliciting a profession of faith and teaching Bible stories; it is helping children understand what it means to love God, and to love others with the prayer that God will make Himself known to them and bring them to Himself.

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 9 – Learning Styles, Culture, and Denominations

    In every culture, all four learning styles exist. However, not all cultures fit the same learning style(s). Let me explain. We live in a Western culture. The characteristics of Western thinking are that we like things to be done in a logical, sequential, and time-honoring way. When we teach something like Church History, we make sure we start from the very beginning and work straight through to today.

  • Growing the Church Through Ministry to Youth and Children

    These resources are designed to help your church minister to youth and children, discipling them to become men and women of God.

  • Press Release: So What? New Youth Bible Studies from Great Commission Publications

    Engaging teens in Bible study doesn’t mean watering it down. GCP’s new youth Bible studies equip teens to take ownership of their faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Targeting Comprehensive Christian Education

    It never ceases to amaze me that anywhere in the world you say “Christian Education” people automatically think Sunday school. Is this the only Christian education the church does? If it is, then we are in big trouble. Let me explain….

  • Last Chance for the 2020Vision Conferences

    Register now for the two-day Orlando conference at www.pcacep.org/2020Vison. This conference will feature a great selection of resources for youth and children’s ministry that were not available at the first two conferences. You will be able to purchase these on site. Also, all conference participants will receive a cd…

  • Teach a Man to Teach and He Will Feed Thousands

    How would you respond to this? Your teachers come to you all excited about a new curriculum they discovered. The three basic truths taught are 1) Wisdom – I need to make the wise choice; 2) Faith – I can trust God no matter what; and 3) Friendship – I should treat others the way I want to be treated. Does this sound good to you? If it does…

  • 2020 Vision E-letter September, 2010

    Catch up on what is going on with the 2020 Vision Conferences. New information is available, as well as information on the Meeting of the Minds that took place earlier this year. Come to the next scheduled Meeting of the Minds on September 14!

  • 2020 Vision Recommended Resources

    These are some recommended resources for parents, leadership and children in your church. Use them and catch the 2020 Vision!

  • Kingdom Disciples: A Product of Covenant Faithfulness

    The latest research reveals that 75% of the children raised in evangelical churches are leaving the faith. It appears that the church is hemorrhaging its covenant children out into the culture. Did Peter know something that we don’t when he preached, “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off…”?

  • 2020 Vision E-Letter March, 2010

    What is the 2020 Vision? Here at Christian Education and Publications we want to help the local church with training and resources that will enable you to spend this decade focused on training up a generation of Kingdom disciples.

  • 2010 Children’s Ministry Conference Survey

    If you attended the 2010 National Children’s Ministry Conference at Simpsonwood in Atlanta, GA please let take a few minutes to fill out this survey to let us know how we can improve our conferences. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we need your help to make our conference better!

  • Sue’s Gift Ideas for Children

    Sue Jakes recommends gifts to give to children.

  • 2008 Women in the Church Love Gift benefits Children’s Ministries

    The 2008 WIC Love Gift is helpingCEP provideresources and trainingfor equipping our churches to make disciples of the next generation. Making disciples of the next generation is the very heart of Christian Education and Publications. We believe our heart is in the right place. Read more and see the video and consider your opportunity to give to this ongoing ministry.

  • 2010 Vacation Bible School (VBS) Recommendations

    Vacation Bible School (VBS)is the church’s opportunity to show children how much fun we have as Christians, and how willing we are as adults to enter their world and show them Christ. CEP recommends the following two programs to churches.

  • You Are My Friends…

    I remember when I first began teaching high school students thirty years ago. I was told never to smile before Christmas and to make sure they knew who was boss. I was quite young then, so there was “some” wisdom in those words. However, now as I teach our high school class at church, I see a need to be much more honest and real with these young people.

  • Doing, Hearing, and Seeing God’s Word

    The Covenant of Grace. How do we teach this great doctrine of our faith? God is with us. How does God in his Word teach this great promise to us? He definitely uses all of the learning styles. Abraham heard the voice of God and the people heard the thunder at Mount Sinai. God illustrates the vast reaches of his promise through the stars in the sky. The Israelites travel through the wilderness guided by a cloud and pillar of fire. And over and over, they experience the physical reality of his presence as he protects and provides for their bodily needs. It is a spoken covenant, sealed with a physical and visible sign.

  • Regional Trainers

    For more information on our Regional Trainers please visit www.pcacep.org/regionaltrainers.

  • Children in Communion

    What does this have to do with the church today? There is a big emphasis currently on “intergenerational worship,” but what does that mean? What place do children have in worship, other than feeling like ignored spectators? Communion can be one of those important times when a child can be made to feel a part of the service while being taught what it is all about.

  • Sunday School With a Purpose and Plan

    To have a disciple making Sunday school, your teachers must teach the Bible from the kingdom perspective with a definite plan to encourage the spiritual growth of the students. The process of making disciples begins with God’s covenant children at their baptism, assuming they received the sacramental sign of baptism near birth.

  • Adapting Ministry to the Rising Generation

    By David Nelson. Equip for Ministry will be featuring selected churches in the PCA excelling in the ministry of making kingdom disciples. The following article features First Presbyterian Church of Stanley, NC., Dan King senior pastor. The article by David Nelson, associate pastor of Christian education and discipleship,was written at the request of EfM. Our thanks to David for his assistance. We asked him to highlight their ministry to the rising generation. We commend them for their vision and desire to begin the discipleship process in the early years of their covenant children’s lives.

  • Does Curriculum Make a Difference?

    I am responding to two related questions below that focus on curriculum, the main topic in this edition of Equip for Ministry. One is what difference does it make what curriculum we use in our church? A second question has come from pastors who basically ask, why should I get involved in the curriculum used in the church? Several years ago in a random sampling, I found that only one-fourth of the pastors queried knew what curriculum was being used in their Sunday school.

  • Evaluating Your Sunday School Curriculum

    By Dave Matthews. Part of the church’s responsibility of equipping teachers for a ministry in the church is to provide them with the proper curriculum… A major problem in churches today is choosing a curriculum that is biblically sound and faithful to a correct theological interpretation of Scripture-the redemptive-historical approach. Many churches, independent and denominational, use material that is broadly evangelical and user friendly without discernment of the curriculum’s focus.

  • Enlarging Worlds: Hunstville Southwood PCA “Adopts” Strapped Elementary School – and It’s Families

    By Amy Sherman. The members of Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, are heavenly minded–and earthly good. The most visible example of this is the giant replica of the solar system they’ve constructed for Lincoln Elementary School, where 94 percent of attending children are poor enough to qualify for the government’s free lunch program.

  • Realizing God’s Covenant for Children

    In a training session with children’s ministry leaders, a somewhat inclusive question came to us regarding infant baptism, election, covenant and evangelism. Volumes have been written on each of these, but we can only make a short response here. If you read through the PCA Book of Church Order, especially those parts listed below, you will find infant baptism, election, covenant and evangelism are all connected.

  • What Would Jesus Do?

    Suffice it to say that it is in the church that we ought to learn what it means to be messengers of grace wherever we are. It is in this context that we are to make disciples. We have the great privilege of self consciously bringing the influence of God’s kingdom to a society dimly aware of his nature and purposes.

  • Why Bother Catechizing Our Children

    By Brad Winstead. We have our covenant children for such a short time. Why not lay a permanent foundation of truth that will never leave them? We are wiring the house of the child’s mind and are waiting for the Holy Spirit to flick the switch translating the head knowledge to heart knowledge.

  • Off the Beaten Path

    “People often ask me why I take so many detours when I speak. I just tell them it’s because those I’m trying to reach don’t live on the highway.” As a parent and an educator, I sat there thinking about how hard we try to get children to move onto the highway so that we don’t have to put up with the inconvenience of detours. Perhaps instead of spending so much time and effort trying to convince our children to move onto the path we’ve designed, we could encourage them to get to their destination by allowing them a few minor detours. Who knows? We may even discover some placeswe’d like to travel off the beaten path! ( from “The Way They Learn”, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias)

  • A Member of the Family

    A synergism becomes possible when the church as the extended family builds up its households. And those households in turn build up the churches, which then impacts the community, enfolding others in the family of God. What’s happening to your young people? Are your households maturing in the faith?

  • Story, Doctrine, Life

    By Tom Patete: Sunday school stands as a central means by which churches nurture the flock, but what is the future of this venerable staple of the American church? Sunday school or any other form Christian education takes has to be done with biblical clarity and life-changing consequence, or indeed it is a waste of time!

  • A Question from the Children’s Ministry Conference

    Question: Regarding the training of covenant children, how do you reconcile the covenant family concept (with the father as the primary teacher) with role of the church?

  • Teammates, Not Competitors

    By Dean Conkle. Various ministries of the church are different from each other but that doesn’t mean they can’t work well together for a common cause or event.Viewing each other as teammates within the same overall mission will be a blessing to the whole of the church.

  • An Important Job

    Those God has called to teach in the church have been given the responsibility to pass the faith on to the next generation.

  • Why Baptize Infants?

    People often ask the important question of why Presbyterians baptize infants. Recently, a pastor asked if there was a way to ordain a person to the office of ruling elder who was reformed in everyway except he could not commit to “infant baptism.” I faced it as a pastor on one occasion and have responded to that question often as coordinator of CEP.

  • A Kingdom Perspective on Baptism

    By Robert Palmer. When the church’s children receive the sacramental sign and seal of identification with God’s earthly people, the covenant community is expressing both a longing and a commitment. From the youngest to the oldest, God’s people are promising to give themselves to a lifestyle characterized by self-emptying.

  • Who Disciples Covenant Children?

    Both parents and church are responsible to take seriously the covenant promises of God. This means to nurture and disciple the children with great care, with all the beliefs and hopes that they are among the children of God.

  • Lessons Learned at Camp!

    By Judy Bryson. For some children, Pioneer Clubs may be the only Christian activity they are exposed to. Others may find it a harmonious reinforcement to what they have been taught at home and church.

  • REACHING THE RISING GENERATION – SHOW THEM JESUS

    By Sue Jakes. Children need to see Jesus. They need to see him in the teacher. They need to see him in the taught Word. They need to see him in the other students. They need to see him in the whole body of Christ.

  • Praying the Psalms

    By Archie Parrish. As we pray the Psalms, the Holy Spirit helps us commune with the Father, conform to the Son, and combat the devil.As sons and daughters in a conscious vital relationship with our Father and with His family in a local church, we can properly serve as soldiers in Christ’s army and gain victory in battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

  • Willing to Change for the Better

    If we are going to reach this generation it will require more than tweaking a few things. We must rethink everything. That requires imagination, creativity with dependence on and direction from our God.

  • Covenant “Stones of Passage” Making the Events Special

    By Brad Winsted. How can we give this generation within our reformed churches the memory stones and the rites of passages that mark their maturity to Christian adulthood?

  • Guidelines for Choosing Children’s Novels

    By Elaine L. Schulte. Numerous guidelines have been written for choosing children’s novels. Most emphasize the need for high standards of art and writing, as well as stories that are appropriate to children’s ages and tastes. Few guidelines, however, consider the philosophies that authors promote, whether consciously or unconsciously.

  • Daddy Fik! ?

    By R. J. Gore, Jr. Filled with self-satisfaction, I gazed at my reflec

  • Dearest Ashley, Child of the Covenant

    By Joseph A.Pipa, Jr.Baptism reminds us that by nature we are dead in our sins and tres

  • Lotus Flower

    By Agnes Boggs. Lotus Flower was a little girl who lived with her father, mother and brothers in a boat on Pearl River. She was a bright, winsome little girl whom everyone loved.

  • The Gift of Giving

    By Calvin Miller. Gifts are more blessed to give than to get, says the cliche’. But gifts are seldom given so freely that they don’t result in some bondage.

  • Your Child’s Self Image

    By Thomas A. Whiteman. For those of us who are parents, our greatest responsibility in life is to raise our children! An important ingredient in that formula is a proper view of self – to have a good self-image. When people don’t like themselves, they will have a distorted image of God and will have great difficulty loving other people.

  • Discipling And Drama

    Pageants and plays are often on the church schedule at Easter and Christ

Below you will find the archives for Church Leadership. If you’re looking for a particular article press Ctrl+F (Cmd+F on mac) and search for a word or phrase in the box that pops up in the right corner of your screen.

  • From the Editor of Equip – Goodbye to Our Readers

    For the past 17 years, Equip to Disciple, formerly Equip for Ministry, has attempted to keep you up to date regarding the training and resources ministryof Christian Education and Publications. We have included information related toCEP’s ministry throughout the church such as conference training and resources.We have attempted to bring to you some of the books that we have felt are mostimportant especially for the leader’s awareness.

  • Called to Serve, Equipped to Lead

    Our emphasis is on teaching sound doctrine, providing transferable teaching tools, offering opportunities for relationship building, and strengthening regional and denominational connectedness, and equipping through seminars and affinity groupings.

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 15 – What Is Your Objective

    No matter what learning style you are trying to reach, you cannot just present facts. Instead, you need to know what your plans (goals) are. In Part 8 of this series, a lesson plan format was presented (available on line). On page one it asks you to think through two things: what is your AIM and what are your Objectives.

  • 2012 Reformation Insert

    In Ephesians 4:16 the Apostle Paul states, “From whom (Christ) the whole body, joined, and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (ESV). John Calvin wrote in The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book Four that God has committed the ministry of the Gospel to His Church. Each believer has a functional place in the body.

  • The Body of Christ: The Next Generations

    In Making Kingdom Disciples: A New Framework, we point out that Calvin’s emphasis regarding making disciples begins at the earliest stages of a covenant person’s life. The sooner we begin to self-consciously disciple our covenant children, the easier it will be for them to see themselves as covenant children belonging to God’s kingdom and that being a Christian is not only about going to church, or personally believing in Jesus, or reading or hearing the Bible, but every day of the week in all things we are to live for Christ.

  • How We Teach and How they Learn, Part 13 – The Family That… Deuteronomy 6s Together

    Because of all that invades our lives on a daily basis, we just don’t seem to have the time to set aside for teaching our children. But there may be a way we can do something, at least to start.

  • 2012 General Assembly Overture Regarding the PCA Bookstore

    At the 140th presbytery meeting in Middletown, New Jersey, on March 17, 2012, the New Jersey Presbytery unanimously voted on the following overture regarding the PCA Bookstore.

  • Should the Church Separate, Identify, Transform, or Effectively be Salt and Light in the World?

    I have had people ask why it is so important to think from a kingdom world and life view perspective. Why is it important to have a right kingdom paradigm?

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 11 – Learning Styles and Questions

    If our goal is to see the lives of those entrusted to us changed, then we must understand the process by which this is done. Memorizing the books of the Bible will not get anyone growing spiritually. They need to be taught to dig into the Bible at a higher level.

  • The Task of Christian Education

    God has given us a promise in Isaiah and in Habakkuk that the knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth as the water covers the sea. The hymn writer picks up that thought. He changes the venue a bit. He says, “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does his successive journeys run.” We believe that. We sing that. God has called upon us to maintain a faithful and energetic Committee on Christian Education

  • 2,000 Participants Gather in Atlanta for the Amazing Grace 360 Conference

    With the confusion abroad about “grace” the conference sought to present a program that would encourage and enable the participants to understand the “it is all about God” who is a God of grace and mercy. That theme was carried throughout the conference with Nancy Guthrie leading the plenary sessions unfolding the whole story of: creation, the fall, redemption, and consummation (covered by Brian Habig mentioned below).

  • You Were Made to Last Forever

    You Were Made to Last Forever is an effective method for sharing the Faith with people. PCA Teaching Elder Dick Fisher has developed a number of resources that you can access easily and effectively. This program is being used effectively in a number of different settings. It is a useable resource that will enable you to better present the Gospel.

  • The Kingdom Misunderstood, Part 1

    I begin by introducing you to Bill and Mary Wright. Bill is a 34 year old husband and father of two children, Terry 10 and Susan 7. Mary is a stay at home mom and has home schooled her children for a couple years, though they are presently attending a Christian school that meets in their church. Bill and Mary are active church members and clearly demonstrate a love for the Lord that is obvious to others.

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 10 – Learning Styles and Denominations

    If you have been following the growth of Christianity around the world you have seen it is the more charismatic type of churches experiencing the greatest increases. Combine this information with what we looked at last time, and you will notice that this phenomenon is taking place in cultures that fit two of the learning styles…

  • Jack Scott, January 2, 1928 – June 13, 2011

    Former PCA pastor and CEP writer and teacher goes to be with our Lord on June 13, 2011…

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 9 – Learning Styles, Culture, and Denominations

    In every culture, all four learning styles exist. However, not all cultures fit the same learning style(s). Let me explain. We live in a Western culture. The characteristics of Western thinking are that we like things to be done in a logical, sequential, and time-honoring way. When we teach something like Church History, we make sure we start from the very beginning and work straight through to today.

  • Targeting Comprehensive Christian Education

    It never ceases to amaze me that anywhere in the world you say “Christian Education” people automatically think Sunday school. Is this the only Christian education the church does? If it is, then we are in big trouble. Let me explain….

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 8 – Teaching All Four Learning Styles at the Same Time?!?

    We have looked at four ways people process information. Now, how in the world will you teach four different groups in one lesson? This is not as hard as you think…

  • The Challenge of Discipling Youth in This Age of Indifference

    American young people are, theoretically, fine with religious faith-but it does not concern them very much, and it is not durable enough to survive on after they graduate high school. One more thing: we’re responsible.

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 7 – The Dynamic Learner

    Of the four learning styles, the dynamic learner (DL) is the most disliked by teachers. Why? Because teachers do not understand them, or know how to work with them. I hope, after you have read this, you will have a much better appreciation for these misunderstood learners, and know more about how to work with them.

  • Teach a Man to Teach and He Will Feed Thousands

    How would you respond to this? Your teachers come to you all excited about a new curriculum they discovered. The three basic truths taught are 1) Wisdom – I need to make the wise choice; 2) Faith – I can trust God no matter what; and 3) Friendship – I should treat others the way I want to be treated. Does this sound good to you? If it does…

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 6 – The Common Sense Learner

    Don’t you just love it when you know someone who can take all the information you have and make something useful with it? This is the strength of the Common Sense Learner. He is able to take all the facts gathered so accurately and sequentially by the Analytic Learner and put them to good use.

  • An Interview with Anthony Bradley

    We recently read and reviewed the book Liberating Black Theology by our friend Dr. Anthony Bradley. Because we believe this is an important and timely book, to be read especially by church leaders, we asked Anthony several questions.

  • 2010 Reformation Insert: Liberation of the Church

    The 2010 Reformation Inserts are here! This year we celebrate Reformation Sunday on October 31st. Reformation Sunday is a time to celebrate our theological roots. It is a great opportunity to educate our congregations on the importance of what the Reformers did and the implications that it has for us today.

  • The Gospel of Mark: The Mystery of the Kingdom Revealed Leader’s Guide

    The free downloadable leader’s guide for The Gospel of Mark: The Mystery of the Kingdom Revealed, CEP’s most recent study written by Charles Dunahoo.

  • Charles Dunahoo Responds to Recent Article in Christianity Today

    See what CEP Coordinator, Charles Dunahoo, has to say about the article Life in Those Old Bones by Ed Stetzer in the June 2010 edition of Christianity Today…

  • Rescuing the Church from the Arms of Digital Deity – Returning to the Authority of Scripture

    By Dr. Dave Garner. They thought they were going to die. Already begrudging the outdated notion of wilderness camp hundreds of miles from home, the vanload of teenagers was jolted by the ground rules at their non-virtual form of distance education. Posted at the wilderness camp’s entrance gate was the media bouncer barking authoritatively, “No MP3 players. No I-Pods. No DVD players. No cell phones. No laptops. No kidding.” The prehistoric demands aroused sleepy youth from their digital slumbers. Disappointment heated into outrage; outrage ignited panic, and I-Pod toting teens banded into a digitally mastered surround-sound symphony: “How can we possibly survive for 10 days without our music?!”

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 5 – The Analytic Learner

    The analytic learner is most like the PCA denomination… we like information presented logically and sequentially. This is very western, unlike the other 2/3 of the world that is more interested in the story and the happening than the time. It is hard to teach many subjects in any way except chronologically, so we must use stories and illustrations to make them more understandable to all learners.

  • Grasping the Big Picture in Bible Study

    By Dr. Frank Crane. I did some horseback research asking folks who seemed to know the Word fairly well, how they came to that. Secretly I was looking for “Well, pastor it’s the preaching and teaching I’ve sat under all these years.” Alas, the most common answer was, “My own personal study.” But these individuals were precious few. How to get folks to study the Scriptures for themselves, apply it properly to their lives, and help others do the same? Enter The Covenant Story…

  • A Suggested Three Year Curriculum for Adult Sunday School

    CEP has developed a suggested three year curriculum for your adult Sunday school or other discipleship group instruction setting. The curriculum recommends book studies which cover Bible, Doctrine and Christian Living. The curriculum chart further breaks down the recommendations based on the level of spiritual maturity of the participants (eg. non-believers, nurturing young believers, mature believers, and leaders.

  • Bioethics and the Christian Life, A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions

    In a day in which we have bought into the idea that if we can do something then it is right to do it. This is being applied to areas that relate to the sanctity of life and Christians need to know how to think biblically and clearly about those issues. We have often allowed secularism to determine our conclusion about life challenging issues and not been equipped to object.

  • 50 Days of Prayer Begins May 6th…

    Thursday, May 6th begins the 50 Days of Prayer leading up to the General Assembly, which has become an annual event in the PCA. Join Covenant PCA in Fayetteville, GA for dinner and prayer time on May 5th.

  • Equip to Disciple Archives

    Here you will find all the past and current issues of CEP’s quarterly publication, Equip to Disciple. You can view and download the entire publication, which are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • Christian Education and the Future of Resources

    Over the 37 years of CEP’s existence we have published hundreds of pieces of material and thousands of articles. We are committed to making the best and most helpful resources available to you. Find out more…

  • A Suggested Three Year Curriculum for Adult Sunday School

    CEP has developed a suggested three year curriculum for your adult Sunday school or other discipleship group instruction setting. The curriculum recommends book studies which cover Bible, Doctrine and Christian Living. The curriculum chart further breaks down the recommendations based on the level of spiritual maturity of the participants (eg. non-believers, nurturing young believers, mature believers, and leaders.

  • Training Left Offensive Tackles for the PCA

    By Ken Sande The recent hit movie, The Blind Side, provides a surprisingly vivid illustration of how a well-trained shepherd can serve as a “left offensive tackle” to guard a church and its families from crippling conflict… As everyone in the congregation develops skills and confidence in resolving differences in a biblical manner, the church and its families are far less likely to be blindsided by conflict.

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 4 – The Imaginative Learner

    Each learning style is asking a different question, and unless you as the teacher or preacher understand how to answer that question, you may not reach this learner. (These same learning styles characteristics are true of those sitting in the pews listening to sermons as well. So pastors, listen up.) The Imaginative learner is asking why – why do I need to know this? Convince him or her that what you have to say is important and you will have a willing listener.

  • The Church and Cultural Diversity

    By Dwight Linton. Unity – based on sinful human beings’ desire to control their own destiny – was the goal of the builders of the tower of Babel in Genesis. Yet God saw that it would only result in manipulative uniformity, so He brought about the breakdown of communication by frustrating the project and causing the monolithic cultural group to split up and go their separate ways. This resulted in the development of the different cultural groups. Read more…

  • Adult Biblical Education Series Teacher’s Guides

    Download the teacher’s guides to all the Adult Education Series studies by Jack Scott. There are 24 teacher’s guides plus and introductory chapter.

  • Kingdom Discipleship Conference to be held in Northeast

    The Making Kingdom Disciples Conference will be held May 15, 2010 in Coventry, CT.

  • Understanding The Church’s Role in Kingdom Education

    Understanding the Kingdom of God and its relationship to the church are vitally and strategically important, especially at this time. Many problems, struggles, and divisions have stemmed from either an incorrect view or a misunderstanding or misapplication of the topic. Not only are mainline Protestant churches losing ground, so are the more evangelical churches.

  • They Will Still Bear Fruit in Old Age

    Most books and articles about senior ministry focus on serving seniors and call us to help in meeting their needs. While this call is important and clear biblical imperatives call us to that ministry, most seniors do not have the pressing issues and disabilities that require mercy ministry. Few of our seniors are in nursing homes or severely disabled; and all of them, except perhaps those with advanced dementia, are capable of serving Jesus. What a great challenge and opportunity! All seniors must be challenged to honor the Lord in their lives and by their ministry. Some, perhaps many, indeed do so.

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 3

    Part 1 of this article introduced the subject of learning styles and described the four basic ways we process new information. Part 2 described the way we perceive new information, concrete or abstract, and the different ways we order that new information, sequential or random. Part 3 will explain the three basic ways we take in new information.

  • 2009 Mercy Ministries Conference

    The Church as a Community of Hope: Restoring the Family, Serving the Community at New City Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Because training the church to show mercy is both a privilege and responsibility of discipling people for kingdom service, mercy ministry becomes a tangible way for churches to put hands and feet on the gospel of the kingdom.

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 2

    In order to understand how to teach, learn, or even preach effectively, we must understand how people process information. This is the subject of learning styles. Most teaching and preaching are done according to one’s own learning style. By doing this we miss reaching those who do not learn the same way we do. Did you ever wonder why you were drawn by certain teachers and preachers and not others? It was because they communicated by the same learning style you have.

  • John Calvin: The Reformer and Educator

    This year, 2009, marks the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birthday. Why should we take the time to remember someone of so many years past? Simply because of how God used him to impact the Protestant Reformation and to shape theology with his life, teachings, writings, and emphasis on the sovereignty of God. His system of theology set the course for Protestant thinking. God used John Calvin in a most remarkable way and enabled him to clearly define Christianity in its purest, most biblical and Protestant form.

  • Deacons… It’s About Ministry

    Recently, I was asked to serve on a committee for my presbytery dealing with the role of deacon and to explain the Book of Church Order’s position on the topic. Since I helped to write the Book of Church Order, I was a good source to explain our original intent. On making the presentation to the presbytery, I realized that some of my brothers present were not even born at the time the book was written. In our officer training at CEP, we are often asked this same kind of question. Here is a very brief summary of what I said.

  • Regional Trainers

    For more information on our Regional Trainers please visit www.pcacep.org/regionaltrainers.

  • How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 1

    Over the years I have gone to MANY teacher training workshops. What I found interesting is that most of them simply focused on expanding a teacher’s arsenal of methods. After many years of studying the subject of how we learn and process new information, I have discovered that when you lay out all these teaching methods, people will pick those that best fit with their own learning style. This means that we will pick those methods we are comfortable using, but these will not reach as many as three-fourths of our students whose learning style is different from ours.

  • The Kingdom Has Come

    Welcome! We have chosen this issue to highlight our 2008 Discipleship Conference, Making Visible God’s Invisible Kingdom, which took place Nov. 13-15, 2008. This conference was strategic to the PCA not simply because of the speakers, program, or arrangements, but because it was about the kingdom of God, remembering that our Lord came preaching the Good News about the kingdom. You can read the summary inside, but you can also take advantage of CDs and DVDs from the conference.

  • Equipping and the Future of Discipleship

    Nothing will ever take the place of one-on-one discipleship, and this article will not attempt to prove otherwise. Right now, I want you to just dream about what lies ahead for training in the future, the near future.

  • A Kaleidoscope… One Scenario of the PCA

    From the beginning, the PCA has had things that have made it special; and I have had hopes that our denomination would set the tone for others to follow: It has been my positive experience to see the PCA grow from its small roots in mainly the southeastern part of the country to a church that has spread all over North America… The PCA has not only had unity of commitment to the Sovereign Lord, His Word, and His church, reflected by a common confessional commitment, but it has had diversity within that framework.

  • Organizing Discipleship

    In Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin says, “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up.” It has also been said this way, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Both statements express great truth. Unfortunately, the church has a great reputation for not planning. Instead we live on activity and hope it is accomplishing something. Remember the last seven words of a church? “We’ve always done it that way before!”

  • Overture 9

    The 36th General Assembly, after many hours of committee and floor debate, answered Overture 9 in the negative, declining to establish a study committee. This action was taken in spite of a minority report that attempted to persuade the assembly to answer in the affirmative. As the coordinator of Christian Education and Publications, under whose oversight the Women in the Church is positioned in the PCA, a number of people have asked my opinion on the issue.

  • What About Liberation Theology?

    In liberation theology, God is seen as the God of the oppressed – and therefore against the oppressors and their false god. Jesus is found in the movement for liberation and freedom. Jesus came as a liberator, and he identifies with those mobilized for liberation.

  • The Future of the Church?

    Given the overwhelmingly negative statistics concerning young adults and church involvement, I am willing to go out on a limb here and suggest that engaging teenagers in the life of your congregation is one of the more important things you can do in your student ministry. Stepping a little further out on the limb, let me also suggest that though the application of the Great Commission must be contextualized, the call to make disciples is equally as valid for the teenagers in your congregation as it is for the adults who inhabit your pews.

  • A Believing Community Learning to Live in Communion

    In this particular article, I want to focus your attention on the theme expressed in the title above; the church as a believing community learning to live in communion. As our Westminster Confession of Faith says in 26-1, “All saints that are united to Jesus Christ their head by his Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory: and, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other’s gifts and graces.”

  • Children in Communion

    What does this have to do with the church today? There is a big emphasis currently on “intergenerational worship,” but what does that mean? What place do children have in worship, other than feeling like ignored spectators? Communion can be one of those important times when a child can be made to feel a part of the service while being taught what it is all about.

  • Missional Church: What Does it Mean?

    I am being asked more and more what the term “missional church” means. Does it mean what we have generally thought regarding missionaries leaving and going to other parts of the world to evangelize and church plant? Often those questions have been asked in relation to discussion on the negative and narrowing impact of much of the modern church growth philosophy, especially as it relates to the church and the kingdom.

  • Interconnected Discipleship

    In the last Equip Tip, we emphasized the need of the church’s educational ministries to remember and return to the basics. Now, we address what those basics are. The goal of all our ministries is to make kingdom disciples. But what does that mean? A full-grown kingdom disciple would have two main characteristics. He would look, act, and think like Jesus and would be actively helping others become kingdom disciples.

  • Church Life in a Large Family

    The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is the second largest Presbyterian denomination in the USA and relatively young as far as denominations go, begun in 1973. Overall, Presbyterians are a small minority of Christians in America. We need to realize, however, that we are part of something bigger than we usually think.

  • The Church is Bigger Than You Think

    It becomes more and more obvious that people are deficient in understanding the church and the kingdom; hence, they have not embraced nor understood them as clearly as God would have. As a result, from a human standpoint, the church is taking a licking. People, lacking a biblical view of both, are saying things that should not be said about either. There is apparent confusion about how the local church fits into the universal church and then how the universal church, including the local, relates to and is part of the kingdom.

  • Let’s Not Lose the Basics

    The great football coach, Weeb Eubank, had a tradition at the beginning of every season. He would take all the new and seasoned players, sit them down, and then begin his lecture. He would take a football, stick it in their faces, and say to them, “Gentlemen, this is a football! Get to know it all over again.” He would go on to explain that unless they remembered the basics of the game of football, they could not win.

    The same is true of the church. Unless we keep going back to the basics of who we are and what we believe, we will not continue to grow in the truth, for the truth starts with the basics.

  • After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty- Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religon

    Understanding the different generations is a part of understanding our world. You cannot read a book like Soul Searching (Christian Smith) or After the Baby Boomers (Wuthnow) and conclude that we can ignore what they are saying. Wuthnow explains what is happening as we experience in America an estimated six million less churchgoers today than in the past

  • Keeping the Church Front and Center

    The subject of the church has been on our hearts lately for several reasons. It appears that for some, the church is not viewed as the bride of Christ and given the place it deserves within the Christian faith. The famous saying of John Calvin, “He who has God for his father, will have the church for his mother,” is not taken very seriously nor is the strategic place of the church in God’s design. This is especially true today.

  • Stewardship: Squaring Lifestyle with Theology

    A Christian/biblical worldview is foundational to building a lifestyle that is a glory to God, and stewardship is what you build upon that foundation, whether it is gold, silver, precious stones, or wood, hay, and straw. Each one’s work will be manifest by fire in that Day. (II Cor.3:10ff.)

  • Time: The Gift that Can’t be Re-gifted!

    Time is the most precious commodity God has given to us, and it is not renewable! Once it is gone you can never make up for lost time. No one has more, or less, time than you do. You have 1440 minutes per day and 168 hours each week in which to offer faithful service. Even Jesus had the same amount of hours in His day, but think about the ways He invested that time. Peter said to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).

  • PCA Takes a Stand: Federal Vision and New Perspectives on Paul

    Instead of our usual “In Case You’re Asked” page where we respond to some of your questions, we have decided to use this page to pass on to you an action taken by the 2007 General Assembly regarding a theological issue that the church was asked to study and respond to. The entire report will be in the Minutes of this year’s Assembly, but because of the importance of the issue, we wanted our readers to have a copy of the declaration portion of the report. The following is a list of recommendations passed by the Assembly and the declaration portion of that report.

  • Above and Beyond: Two Examples of Biblical Stewardship from PCA Congregations

    In keeping with the two previous Equip to Disciple issues of 2007,we are featuring two churches, one large and one small that represent churches committed to supporting the whole work of the church. Obviously, there are other churches following their example. We highlight these two for their commitment, practice, and example in this kind of stewardship giving.

  • What is the Role of the Leadership in Christian Education?

    To answer this question we need to go back and define what parts of the church involve Christian Education. The answer: everything the church does is Christian Education! Unless we clearly understand this principle true discipleship will not happen. With this understanding we can begin to comprehend what Paul meant when he said the job of the pastor (and note he really says pastor/teacher) is NOT to do the work of the ministry, but to EQUIP the members of his church to do it.

  • Elders, Executives or Servants?

    The question we are often asked in a variety of ways has to do with the role and function of leaders in the body of Christ, the church, and more broadly, in the kingdom. The question usually asked is, “Who are leaders and what are their performance expectations?”

  • Training the Shepherds: Two Teaching Elders Share Their Wisdom on Taining Their Own Ruling Elders

    Two interviews with elders Wallace Tinsley of Filbert Presbyterian Church in Filbert, SC; and Bill Leach of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, VA. These two elders from very different churches share insights and reasonings behind their churches’ approach to training and preparing leaders for the work of the ministry.

  • Joyful Servant Leaders

    God’s people are sheep. They always have been. They have always needed a Shepherd. From the first time Jacob voiced his recognition of this comforting truth in Genesis 48:15 to the repeated imagery in the book of Revelation, we sheep know the security of having a sovereign, heavenly Shepherd.

  • The Hidden Curriculum

    We teach a great deal by how we communicate. For example, when a student asks an off-topic question with true sincerity and curiosity, how do you deal with it? Do you dismiss the question? Do you tell the student that the question is not important because it has nothing to do with the lesson? Here, your hidden curriculum is how you decide to handle the situation. While we don’t want to get off the topic, we must make sure the students understand that they are important, and their question is important, but at a more appropriate time.

  • Adapting Ministry to the Rising Generation

    By David Nelson. Equip for Ministry will be featuring selected churches in the PCA excelling in the ministry of making kingdom disciples. The following article features First Presbyterian Church of Stanley, NC., Dan King senior pastor. The article by David Nelson, associate pastor of Christian education and discipleship,was written at the request of EfM. Our thanks to David for his assistance. We asked him to highlight their ministry to the rising generation. We commend them for their vision and desire to begin the discipleship process in the early years of their covenant children’s lives.

  • The Church’s Great Challenge

    The PCA, as a biblically reformed church, has a particular perspective on the Church and the kingdom. Being reformed in doctrine requires a strong commitment to covenant theology, and covenant theology gives special attention to the rising generation in its implementation. God has instructed us to make kingdom disciples by teaching his people to observe all that he has commanded, and that definitely includes our children and grandchildren, “that the next generation might know them, and the children yet unborn,”(Ps. 78:6).

  • How Should We Understand “Curriculum”? Part 2

    One of the hardest things I had to do as academic dean in a seminary in South Africa was to educate the faculty to understand the different between a “content driven curriculum” and a “process oriented curriculum.” Read more…

  • Does Curriculum Make a Difference?

    I am responding to two related questions below that focus on curriculum, the main topic in this edition of Equip for Ministry. One is what difference does it make what curriculum we use in our church? A second question has come from pastors who basically ask, why should I get involved in the curriculum used in the church? Several years ago in a random sampling, I found that only one-fourth of the pastors queried knew what curriculum was being used in their Sunday school.

  • How Should We Understand “Curriculum”? Part 1

    We have all used the word curriculum, but not many really know what it means. To most it conveys the material we use. It comes from the Latin meaning “a race.” God’s curriculum, or race, for His children is that in the end we are more like His Son Jesus. What we generally refer to as curriculum is really a curriculum plan. When we use Great Commission’s material for, say, grade three, it is a segment of the overall race that will take a child through the third grade with specific experiences for that quarter and year.

  • Evaluating Your Sunday School Curriculum

    By Dave Matthews. Part of the church’s responsibility of equipping teachers for a ministry in the church is to provide them with the proper curriculum… A major problem in churches today is choosing a curriculum that is biblically sound and faithful to a correct theological interpretation of Scripture-the redemptive-historical approach. Many churches, independent and denominational, use material that is broadly evangelical and user friendly without discernment of the curriculum’s focus.

  • The Power Source

    Why is it that there seems to be so little evidence of power in the preaching and teaching offered in our churches? The question makes an assumption: Power is lacking. The message might be biblical. And the Bible does say that the Word of God is powerful (Hebrews 4:12). The lesson could be presented in a compelling manner. People respond positively. So, what’s the problem? My answer is that our efforts seem to produce comparatively little change.

  • The Lost Art and Practice of Family Devotions

    By Brad Windsted. No one has to tell me how busy they are as parents in this cyber/new millennium age. Two income homes are now the commonly acceptable and necessary economic structure of many Christian homes. The increasingly fragmented family finds it almost impossible to set aside any time for family fellowship let alone family worship. To have a meal together is now a cherished event reserved more for holidays and seldom seen during the week as conflicting schedules leave us with microwaved suppers and exhausted parents and children.

  • Small Groups – A Place to Serve

    Two negative outcomes are possible when a small group of the same people meet together indefinitely. One is that the group gradually disintegrates. Another is that the group becomes exclusive. Other people aren’t really welcome-even if it’s said that they are.

  • Christian Education – More than Just Sunday School

    It never ceases to amaze me that anywhere in the world you say “Christian Education” people automatically think of Sunday school. Is this the only education the church is engaged in? If so, we are in trouble. Let me explain.

  • The Value of Church History

    Don Clements. Does it matter if I know all that stuff about Martin Luther and John Knox? Does it matter if I know what has happened in the PCA for the past 30 plus years? All I really care about is my own local church and my own personal ministry – and I just don’t have time to worry about all that other stuff. Let me suggest that “all that other stuff” is part and parcel of what ultimately produced your local church, and for that matter, most likely your individual ministry.

  • Why Should I Study Church History and Tradition?

    God has given us his Word as his revealed will, but has also given us hundreds of years of church history to help us better understand and apply his Word to our life and world. The Apostles passed on that tradition to the early church and through the church to us today. We do not worship in a time warp. We are not existentialists only focusing on the present moment. As evangelical and reformed Christians, we realize that we worship with saints of all the ages and we stand on the shoulders of giants of the faith who have preceded us.

  • Small Groups – A Place for Bible Study

    Small group ministry is an important facet of many church programs. But small groups meeting without wrestling with the implications of the Scripture for their lives, individually and corporately, are at the very least deficient.

  • How is the Church to be in the World but Not of it?

    The framework for the church to be in the world but not of it requires knowing the Word, knowing what we believe and why, and knowing the transforming effect truth is to have upon our lives. Included in the framework is the need to understand the world–not only to keep ourselves unspotted from the world, but also to know how to better communicate God’s truth in this world. Still, through my study, experience, and analysis I have a number of concerns about the church’s current involvement in our world.

  • Small Groups – A Place to be Known

    Small group suggests a level of understanding that grows as people come to know each other better. And that is a significant inhibitor. Many of us don’t want to be known. This makes us vulnerable. If they really know me will they still accept me? I ask myself that question. Whether you ask it or not, there’s a real possibility that it makes you cautious in relationships.

  • Small Groups – A Program with Purpose

    Small group ministry is a program. Like any program it should be viewed as a means to an end. If you don’t have a clear idea what you want a program to accomplish its value ought to be seriously questioned. To put it another way: don’t have a small group ministry because you think everyone else has one.

  • Enlarging Worlds: Hunstville Southwood PCA “Adopts” Strapped Elementary School – and It’s Families

    By Amy Sherman. The members of Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, are heavenly minded–and earthly good. The most visible example of this is the giant replica of the solar system they’ve constructed for Lincoln Elementary School, where 94 percent of attending children are poor enough to qualify for the government’s free lunch program.

  • Stewardship in a Postmodern World

    One issue that makes stewardship a struggle for Christians is the culture of postmodernism. Dr. Albert Mohler wrote, “The postmodernists reject both the Christian and modernist approaches to the question of truth. According to postmodern theory, truth is not universal, is not objective or absolute and cannot be determined by a commonly accepted method. Instead, postmodernists believe truth is socially constructed, plural, and inaccessible to universal reason.” There are ways in which this thinking has impacted the church’s view of stewardship.

  • Realizing God’s Covenant for Children

    In a training session with children’s ministry leaders, a somewhat inclusive question came to us regarding infant baptism, election, covenant and evangelism. Volumes have been written on each of these, but we can only make a short response here. If you read through the PCA Book of Church Order, especially those parts listed below, you will find infant baptism, election, covenant and evangelism are all connected.

  • Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church

    Our desire is to challenge and encourage Christians in leadership to know some of the issues in the church world. For example, one pastor of a sizeable church recently asked me, “What is this emerging church topic that I am beginning to hear about?” The reason for using this section of Equip for Ministry to review both books is because we have to carefully watch for the pendulum swing scenario. There are some good and valid things those within the emerging church movement are saying, and we need to hear and respond. However, as far as a paradigm, like postmodernism, there is so much missing that will make it a hollow movement and the younger generation, to whom it is trying to appeal, will question its value.

  • The Use of Knowledge

    A head full of biblical data and doctrinal formulations mean little if they are not used by God to influence our behavior when confronted with obvious life-altering decisions. However, if the information isn’t there, it can’t be used. We’ve heard the message but for one reason or another it hasn’t changed us.

  • Educators vs. Indoctrinators

    By Joel Belz. Modern state education, pretending to be valueless, is one of the greatest-and most monolithic-purveyors of a value system in all of human history. As such, while pretending to be open-minded, it is also one of the greatest indoctrinators in all of history. That’s what education does. In fact, the definitions of the two words highlight no radical distinctions. “Teaching,” “training,” and “instruction” are part of both education and indoctrination.

  • About the Church and Culture

    What role does culture play in determining the church’s ministry? That is a good question, especially when there are so many different ideas and responses regarding it. I would like to build my response around a review and recommendation of Reclaiming the Center, Confronting Evangelical Accommodations in Postmodern Times, by Millard Erickson, Paul Kjoss Helseth, and Justin Taylor.

  • Making Kingdom Disciples: The Kingdom Framework

    The following is an abridged interview with Dr. Charles Dunahoo given by pastor R. J. Umandap over station TBC 88.5 FM in Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. Dunahoo gave the interview during a recent visit to teach his new book, Making Kingdom Disciples: A New Framework.

  • Be a Kingdom Disciple

    Be a Kingdom disciple? Isn’t it hard enough just being an “ordinary” disciple of Jesus? We can take up our Lord’s challenge to be disciples and to make disciples. We can even work at becoming Kingdom disciples because He has the power and He is with us.

  • What About Men’s Ministry in the PCA?

    What about men’s ministry in the PCA? We have been asked that question many times. Before responding, a bit of history would be in order. When the PCA formed in December of 1973, the organizing committee was aware of the background from which our original churches were coming.

  • The Six Habits of Spiritually Happy Men

    These six habits are no litmus test that you can use to judge a man’s walk with Christ. That would be extremely dangerous. These habits create no special merit with Christ. They do nothing to improve a man’s record with Jesus. They are, however, indicators or “clues” of a deeper commitment to live by faith and make a difference in the world.

  • Men’s Ministry: An Indispensable Focus for the Church

    By Pete Alwinson. “Men: You can’t live with them and you can’t shoot them.” This bumper sticker glared back at me, as I pulled up to a stop light in Orlando one day. “Now that’s one ticked off lady” was my first thought. My second thought was: “I wonder what her story is. What did she experience from men? Neglect? Abuse? Anger? Who hurt her? Dad, brother, neighbor boy, boyfriend, husband, grandfather?” Could have been one or two, or all.

  • Something Different

    Don’t do something different just to be different. But don’t be afraid to try something if you believe it will better utilize your resources to achieve your purpose.

  • The Importance of Worldview

    In reality you cannot separate ethics and technology. There are no dualistic sacred and secular realms in life. All of life is one. God has structured his reality to underscore the “unity of reality.” The danger of dualism is the temptation to believe that it is permissible for man to do whatever he is capable of doing. In other words, the ability to do something means that it is allowable to do. But, is that a proper line of reasoning, especially with the fine line between serving God and playing God?

  • What Would Jesus Do?

    Suffice it to say that it is in the church that we ought to learn what it means to be messengers of grace wherever we are. It is in this context that we are to make disciples. We have the great privilege of self consciously bringing the influence of God’s kingdom to a society dimly aware of his nature and purposes.

  • Why Bother Catechizing Our Children

    By Brad Winstead. We have our covenant children for such a short time. Why not lay a permanent foundation of truth that will never leave them? We are wiring the house of the child’s mind and are waiting for the Holy Spirit to flick the switch translating the head knowledge to heart knowledge.

  • The Importance of Worldview: Applying the Christian Faith to All Areas of Life

    The Apostle Paul writes that we are to be transformed in our minds (Rom. 12:1, 2). Why? In order to know God’s good, perfect, and acceptable will. A kingdom disciple is to be characterized as someone who knows how to apply the Christian faith to all areas of life. If the Christian life is about God and not simply about us, then we must realize the centrality of knowing and doing God’s will.

  • The Kingdom and Generations

    There has been a steep decline in church attendance beginning with the baby boomers (those born between1946-1964) and continuing to the present generation. The most recent statistics indicate that we are not far from the place where the majority in the United States will identify themselves as something other than Protestant.

  • A Member of the Family

    A synergism becomes possible when the church as the extended family builds up its households. And those households in turn build up the churches, which then impacts the community, enfolding others in the family of God. What’s happening to your young people? Are your households maturing in the faith?

  • Story, Doctrine, Life

    By Tom Patete: Sunday school stands as a central means by which churches nurture the flock, but what is the future of this venerable staple of the American church? Sunday school or any other form Christian education takes has to be done with biblical clarity and life-changing consequence, or indeed it is a waste of time!

  • A Question from the Children’s Ministry Conference

    Question: Regarding the training of covenant children, how do you reconcile the covenant family concept (with the father as the primary teacher) with role of the church?

  • Teammates, Not Competitors

    By Dean Conkle. Various ministries of the church are different from each other but that doesn’t mean they can’t work well together for a common cause or event.Viewing each other as teammates within the same overall mission will be a blessing to the whole of the church.

  • Discouragement

    We must always be real. To cover ourselves with superficial expressions of piety or in other ways pretend that we are something that we are not is never appropriate.

  • Training God’s Kingdom Leaders

    A two-year plan for training potential church leaders. There are four distinct tracks that are crucial in training: Personal Holiness, Doctrine (including Church Polity), People Skills and Leadership Skills. The idea is to use the basic format outlined, but to allow the trainer to develop the sessions. Included is a bibliography of key books to use in this discipleship course.

  • Sunday School and Small Groups

    Both Sunday school and small groups are programs. Consequently, they should be viewed as means to an end – nothing more. If they serve a given purpose, presumably one better than a possible alternative, they are worthwhile. If not, do something else.

  • Is It Right to Have Denominations?

    We maintained that while the church is one, it is made up of many parts. On the basis of the “one and many” concept, we believed the existence of denominations did not nullify the oneness of the body. We must realize that it is the actions of the various parts of the body that determined the oneness of the church’s wit

  • The Truth About Islam

    We have noticed a great confusion in the Church of Christ and in the country concerning the true nature ofIslam. We believe that it is our responsibilityto accurately, fairly, and honestly inform you concerning the truth about Islam. The best way to do so is to ask two importantquestions: what is NOT Islam, and what IS Islam.

  • What is Discipling?

    What do you mean when you talk about making disciples? Or what is a disciple? These are questions asked of us on numerous occasions. These are reasonable questions because of the different connotations surrounding the concept of discipleship. The tendency is to respond simplistically by saying that everyone knows what a disciple is and what disciple making really involves.

  • An Important Job

    Those God has called to teach in the church have been given the responsibility to pass the faith on to the next generation.

  • Christian Education: A Blue Chip Ministry

    ByAllen Curry. Most of all, the covenant calls us to relationship with God. So also should Christian education. The study and learning that goes on always should be to the end that we see that we are related to God through our Savior Jesus Christ. This is where our education has its distinctively Christian identity.

  • Why Baptize Infants?

    People often ask the important question of why Presbyterians baptize infants. Recently, a pastor asked if there was a way to ordain a person to the office of ruling elder who was reformed in everyway except he could not commit to “infant baptism.” I faced it as a pastor on one occasion and have responded to that question often as coordinator of CEP.

  • A Time to Evaluate

    A teacher hasn’t taught until the student has learned. With the gospel, learning is used by the Spirit to produce change – in our thinking, our desires, and our activities. So it makes sense to see what the product looks like. It also makes sense to assess the perceived impact our efforts have made.

  • A Kingdom Perspective on Baptism

    By Robert Palmer. When the church’s children receive the sacramental sign and seal of identification with God’s earthly people, the covenant community is expressing both a longing and a commitment. From the youngest to the oldest, God’s people are promising to give themselves to a lifestyle characterized by self-emptying.

  • Who Disciples Covenant Children?

    Both parents and church are responsible to take seriously the covenant promises of God. This means to nurture and disciple the children with great care, with all the beliefs and hopes that they are among the children of God.

  • Lessons Learned at Camp!

    By Judy Bryson. For some children, Pioneer Clubs may be the only Christian activity they are exposed to. Others may find it a harmonious reinforcement to what they have been taught at home and church.

  • The Five Diamonds of Youth Ministry

    By Dean Conkel. What five things should be found in every Christ-honoring, on-purpose PCA youth ministry? What are some biblical and covenantal principles that should be found in youth ministries, whether they are huge or small? What truths and princi

  • What is the Session’s Role in the Planning Process?

    Whenever the Session sets out to make plans for the future, they must take great care to give themselves to earnest and fervent prayer that the Lord would grant wisdom and power to carry out their plan for His glory.

  • Does the Church Really Need Leadership

    While leaders in the church must be concerned about the purity of the faith and shepherding God’s people, they need to be people of vision who know how to set direction for the church’s ministry, communicate that clearly to the church, and through training and guidance, help each member know where he or she fits in that overall ministry.

  • How Do Deacons Relate to Mercy Ministry?

    The primary ministry of deacons is to people. Deacons need to learn the heart of God, and reflect that as they do their work.

  • Deacon is a Verb

    By George Fuller. We all need to be reminded of this highest of all callings, to be a lowly servant of Jesus. We need encouragement, challenge and command from God’s word to be what we are-servants of Jesus.The world and the church offer immense opportunity for those with servants’ hearts.

  • REACHING THE RISING GENERATION – SHOW THEM JESUS

    By Sue Jakes. Children need to see Jesus. They need to see him in the teacher. They need to see him in the taught Word. They need to see him in the other students. They need to see him in the whole body of Christ.

  • Thinking Long Range

    I believe if we took this ministry to the younger generation seriously, there would be more young people who do not abandon the church in their teens and later life and more adults who are excited about their Christian faith because they are sharing with the next generation.

  • The Bible We Believe

    By Bryan Chapell. Our need of Scripture’s sufficiency necessarily indicates our insufficiency. Scripture’s supply of what we need to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives is testimony of its redemptive character.

  • Is Anyone in Charge?

    When we understand that all things that happen do so according to God’s will, we will be positioned to see God’s involvement in His creation.

  • Are You Open to Open Theism?

    By Marvin Padgett. The article refers to a teaching about God that strikes at the heart of who God is and what He does or does not do. It is a teaching that causes much confusion in many of our “evangelical” churches in America. While the average church member may not be familiar with the technical designation of open theism, they have no doubt been exposed to its teaching.

  • Equipping You to be Salt and Light

    Jesus called us the “salt of the earth and the light of the world.” He wants us to make a difference, to use our gifts, and effect a kingdom-building strategy that brings some godly, holy sanity to this life. He wants us to model to the next generations that truth really exists and matters.

  • Know What You Believe

    Every Christian family and church should have a plan of discipleship aimed at equipping the people of all ages to know what they believe and why, and how to articulate those beliefs. We must also aim for life transformation as a result of those truths.

  • WHAT ABOUT SMALL GROUPS?

    If groups are to maximize their effectiveness, getting assimilated into the life of the church is just one component. Groups need to be part of the disciple making process. It is helpful to keep in mind that we want group members to be involved in the full orbit of life in the congregation.

  • Our Commitment to You and Your Church’s Ministry

    We do know that God has called us to be salt and light, and as part of His church, to represent His truth and kingdom in all of life. We also know from Scripture, as well as from practical experience that as individuals and as churches, we can be more effective together than alone.

  • Is Scripture Alone Sufficient?

    The Scripture gives us the framework for understanding life, its circumstances, and God’s revealed will. However, it does not bypass the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, individually or collectively, in processing that truth.

  • A Better Way to Handle Abuse

    By Ken Sande. Sexual abuse in the church does not have to end in broken lives, agonizing lawsuits, and divided congregations. When people follow God’s instructions, these terrible incidents can result in healing, justice, and healthier churches.

  • Keep the Church on Target

    Christians are constantly bombarded with things of the world that seek to hurt us, knock us off course, or trip us up in our Christian lives. We do not live in a vacuum, we either confront the world or it confronts us.

  • The Openness of God

    Because we are not God with unlimited abilities, we cannot always understand everything from a logical, rational perspective. But that is not a problem because we know that God’s ways are not our ways. We are aware that he is above logic, reason, and all parts of his created order, while being present within it. We believe that God is sovereign and controls everything in this creation, including man and his actions. Yet, we also believe that man is responsible for his actions before God.

  • Piggybacking

    By Susan Spradlin. Good behavior of the children in the classroom makes such a difference. Would you believe me if I told you that someone else has already laid most of the groundwork for the management of your classroom and the discipline of your children in your Sunday school class?

  • The Shepherding Ministry of Elders

    By Donald J. MacNair. The Bible gives two complementary directives that together imply a rather definite leadership structure. The first of these two biblical directives is that the church is a group of believers, each of whom should be exercising his or her gifts for the spiritual good of the group. The Bible’s other directive is this: regard a church’s leaders as accountable to God for its members.

  • Effective Leadership

    Finding the right balance for the leadership needed by a particular church at a particular time is not always easy. Our experience over the years is that effective leaders need the right attitude about their role but they also need training. This is consistent with Paul’s instruction in the book of Ephesians.

  • Praying the Psalms

    By Archie Parrish. As we pray the Psalms, the Holy Spirit helps us commune with the Father, conform to the Son, and combat the devil.As sons and daughters in a conscious vital relationship with our Father and with His family in a local church, we can properly serve as soldiers in Christ’s army and gain victory in battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

  • Prayerful Ministry

    We believe we have included materials that will interest you and benefit your Christian life and ministry. Our main theme is prayer. Could there be a more vital and essential need in our lives than prayer?Our main theme is prayer. The relationship between prayer and renewal or revival hit the mark.

  • Do I Know You?

    Relationships in the neighborhood, at the office, or at school are important. But if they don’t extend beyond the confines of that environment they have limited value. And the same is true of relationships at church. Hopefully, the believer will have friendships with some that extend beyond the confines of a church program.

  • The Cost of Love

    Are we willing to pay the price? That is a question that must be answered within the context of specific relationships. Can I love the son who has broken my heart? Can I love the student who I can’t seem to reach? Can I love the church member who seems to have so little to give to me? Or the neighbor who irritates me?

  • Not a Village, but a Church with a School

    By Robert Rogland. The Bible charges parents to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. But other Christians also have a measure of responsibility: When the Lord commanded his church to teach all nations, surely that included covenant children as well.

  • Connecting with People

    We are committed to helping raise up a generation of adults and youth who are self-consciously intentional in understanding and applying biblical truth to the challenges of daily life. Christian education, at least from our perspective, is making disciples who think biblically. That effort requires the cooperation of the church, home, and school.

  • Theodicy: Understanding the Goodness of God in the Midst of Evil

    If God is good and all-powerful, why is there evil in his world? Is he really God? All-powerful? Good? Does he really rule his world? Where does he fit into the picture with all the bad things going on? And bottom line, we ask, How is it possible to reconcile the realities of life-sin, evil, and wickedness-with God’s all powerful and good rule? Theodicy is an attempt to justify and harmonize those things.

  • Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself

    As far as Americans living stateside are concerned, most Muslims are extremely approachable. They enjoy friendships and the giving and receiving of hospitality is a positive thing for them. Sadly, most expatriate Muslims who have been in the United States for five or ten years have never been inside a Christian’s home!

  • Building Bridges

    Our culture continues to undergo change and flux. Nothing is the same anymore. Relationships are tense; the level of suspicion has risen and the level of trust has decreased. We are rethinking the concept of “Whose neighbor am I?”

  • The Church’s Challenge in Turmoil

    Christianity is waning; other religions are growing. The fastest growing religion in America is Islam. Muslims now outnumber Presbyterians and Anglicans combined. There are Mosques in every major U. S. city. The growth has come not only from immigration but also by marriage, birth, and conversion.

  • New Vision for an Old System

    We all want to be part of something significant. To think that what we are doing is worthwhile. And what is more important than to help set the direction of a child, or a teen, or an adult toward the Kingdom of God? Teacher, it could turn your life upside down.

  • Does the Sunday School Have a Bright Future?

    By Elmer Towns. Let’s make the Sunday school of the future the foundation of the church that becomes the place where believers are grounded in doctrine and godly living.

  • Building a Healthy Church is our Aim

    Some say that there is no biblical warrant for Sunday school; yet God has used this part of the church’s life to reach and disciple many children, youth, and adults. A Sunday school that is done well will contribute much to the church’s overall ministry, but as with other programs, it can be done poorly or ineffectively and distract from the church’s ministry.

  • Willing to Change for the Better

    If we are going to reach this generation it will require more than tweaking a few things. We must rethink everything. That requires imagination, creativity with dependence on and direction from our God.

  • A Strategy for Evangelizing the Post Modern

    By William J. Larkin. Indeed, how can we communicate a gospel that is truly “good news” to the postmodern person (or any cultural being for that matter)? We must “exegete” the culture from the inside out. We must interpret the Scriptures at a metacultural level. Then, we must bring the two together in effective gospel communication.

  • A Preaching and Teaching Church

    The rising generation of young people is showing a definite interest in a more conservative approach to life and a greater interest in spirituality; yet their interest in spirituality is not necessarily connected with Christianity. While this is a both good news and bad news, it is a great opportunity to set forth the Christian faith.

  • QUESTIONS?!

    Unanswered questions don’t go away, especially the ones never raised, never addressed.Our thinking needs to be challenged. Our values, even those we cherish the most, need to be evaluated. Our faith must be examined lest we find ourselves losing that which we claim is most dear.

  • A Church’s Master Plan

    Extensive studies show that the failure to focus on this area of ministry is contributing to the loss of the older teenagers and middle-aged boomers from the church. What is this crucial area of ministry? You guessed it: Christian education!

  • A Healthy Church

    Discipling, including evangelism, education, and training, must have top billing in the local church if we are to be transformed and not conformed to this world.

  • Deacons: Leading Churches Into Pure and Undefiled Religion

    The role of deacons is critical to the ministry of the local church. However, for some time it has suffered from a poor image. In reformed circles the office is rightly seen as one of service and helps. But with the growth of church buildings and property, deacons are often viewed more as caretakers of property and less as caretakers of people.

  • When Mercy Falls Through the Cracks

    A church-based mercy ministry benefits not only those who receive help but also those who show mercy by blessing them with the heart of Christ for a needy world.

  • Pure Religion

    Since the first congregational meeting was called in first century Jerusalem to elect seven spiritually qualified men to serve as deacons and focus on deeds of mercy and kindness, the church has been committed to meeting the needs of those inside and outside the church.

  • Strike It Rich

    The prosperity of western culture generates several reactions and emotions. Greed is always a temptation, but so is the other side of the coin: fear of what might happen if prosperity ceases. Those who are eager to get rich face many dangers. They crave the material pleasures and possessions that the world has to offer.

  • Serving in the Church: Prison Term or Delight?

    Volunteering in your church’s educational or women’s ministry doesn’t have to be a prison term. CE/P has three groups of trainers that can help you recapture your vision, supplement your efforts to encourage your co-laborers, and help set up a means for ongoing support.

  • Passing on the PCA Distinctives to the Next Generation

    I believe our greatest challenge at this moment in history is to demonstrate a commitment to our distinctives and a willingness to give one another room for diversity.

  • Relevant Roots

    One role of education, particularly biblically reformed Christian education, is to link together the past and present. Recognizing this link is important in order to understand where we are today. We cannot do that in isolation from the past.

  • Turning Events into Opportunities

    The church must pull out all stops and do whatever needs to be done to reach the next generation with the truths of God. We have to go beyond the call of duty to communicate to our young people that we love and care for them.

  • Generosity: A Key in Stewardship

    We often lack a biblical world and life view when it comes to being good stewards of our time, spiritual gifts, and financial resources. Does your checkbook reveal dents in accumulation and consumption, or commitment and sacrifice?

  • A Missing Ingredient: the Importance of Application

    By Bev Bradbury. Sometimes the application is the most difficult part of preparation. But without it you haven’t finished the job.

  • Covenant “Stones of Passage” Making the Events Special

    By Brad Winsted. How can we give this generation within our reformed churches the memory stones and the rites of passages that mark their maturity to Christian adulthood?

  • Do I Know You?

    Most everybody talks about relational ministry. Yet relationships are so easy to miss because our agendas call for more important things. I’m embarrassed that I don’t know the names of some of the people in our little church. That creates an awkwardness that inhibits any attempt to go further. Think of the people … Continued

  • Telling the Story – Across Generations

    We must equip one another by sharing our indi

  • The Church’s Challenge – Reaching the Millennials

    As image bearers of God we are significant people, and significant people do significant things. Are you reflecting your significance by serving God’s purpose today? What about your church?

  • Ho! Ho! What?

    By Mike Rasmussen. God has not commanded us to observe Christmas. But, if we do, how should we observe it?

  • What Americans Consider Important

    What’s important to Americans-time or money? In the battle between time and money, time was the clear winner. The study, conducted by the Barna Research Group, tested the importance of ten different areas of life. The most important? Family.

  • Getting A Grip On Grace

    By Jim Tonkowich. We are His workmanship from first to last. Our coming to Christ is His work and our growth in Christ is His work. God has graciously done it all for us.

  • Vacations: A Gift of Grace

    By Glen Van Andel. Christ regularly withdrew to be alone to pray and rest, to renew Himself for His min

  • Biblical Fun: Holy Laughter

    By Emmet Cooper. Holiness and laughter, like sacred and the profane, seem to be in direct opposition to one another. As Christians, does God expect us to laugh in a holy sort of way, or perhaps to become holy in a laughable kind of way? What does the Bible say about loving God and having fun?

  • Tattered Tom Versus Snow White: Two Gospels

    By James Sauer. The Bibleis a rags to riches story. It is the tale of despicable unfortunate wretches who have been lifted out of the sewer of life, and established into a royal family in the greatest of kingdoms.

  • Trusting God: Just Whose Money Is This Anyway?

    Prayerfully, we determined to: continue giving 10 percent of our gross income as the tithe; begin giv

  • The Skeleton in My Closets

    Simplicity, of course, extends beyond clothes to all areas. It dominates a whole approach to living. The food I serve while nourishing should never be excessive; my home while comfortable, never lavish; its atmosphere warm, never lux

  • Pressure to Succeed: The church “numbers game.” Your pastor isn’t exempt

    By Chris Doyle. What is it pastors really struggle with? Success. We are a success driven society. What does God really want from us-success or holiness?

  • New Life for Our Church: Principles That Shape Church Life

    By Andrew Silman. In the New Testament, pastoral leadership is shared. That pastoral team does not, necessarily, refer to paid “profes

  • The Solo Pastor…but he should not be the solo minister

    By Dan Doriani. The solo pastor lives in tension because he labors under almost contra

  • Have You Outgrown Sunday School?

    By Allen Curry. Learning about the Bible, studying doctrine and finding out how to grow in grace are all things that happen to adults in Sunday school. Yet there can and should be more. Not only should we learn and grow, we must also serve. Go to Sunday school this week and see what you are missing.

  • Teens and Small Churches

    The study, Today’s Teens: A Generation in Transition, details some of the differences between teenagers who attend a church with fewer than 100 people and those who attend a larger church. The findings reveal some striking differences in the spiritual beliefs and involvement between the two groups of teens.

  • Guidelines for Choosing Children’s Novels

    By Elaine L. Schulte. Numerous guidelines have been written for choosing children’s novels. Most emphasize the need for high standards of art and writing, as well as stories that are appropriate to children’s ages and tastes. Few guidelines, however, consider the philosophies that authors promote, whether consciously or unconsciously.

  • The Covenant Family

    By Sharon Betters. Brian and Roberta had committed themselves to be witnesses to the power of Christ as they served in the military following Brian’s graduation from West Point. She cred

  • Noisy Quiet Times

    By Rebecca Jones. What happened to my quiet time? I’ve learned that my noisy “quiet times” are every bit as precious and honorable in God’s sight.

  • Sermon: The Geography of Death

    By Dr. Robert S. Rayburn. The Christian will have Paul’s happy mind about death, when he shares Paul’s mind about life, and Paul states his mind plainly on that subject: for him, “to live is Christ.”

  • A Ministry of Prayer and Anointing

    The min

  • On the Higher Status of Dogs, Bikes, and Walks in the Park

    By Walter Wood, Jr. There seems to be some

  • Assessing Old Assumptions and New Realities in the USSR

    By Russell Chandler. Now the fallout of new religious freedom has exposed the pent-up yearning for spirituality in the hearts of most of the Soviet people. They seem starved for morality, for integrity, for trustworthiness. The blustery old-line authority is wavering while the new guard is try

  • The First Demon

    By Josiah Bancroft. This was my first encounter with a physical evidence of the demonic realm, but it has not been my last. I have wrestled with all this. Was this just a cultural thing? Was Larry “programmed” by hearsay or crazy TV reli

  • New Ways for New Days

    Will the family survive? Will the Church survive? Christian traditionalists and boomers alike must understand how crucial it is to reach the busters with the biblical message of hope in Christ.

  • Today’s Music: A Window to Your Child’s Soul

    By Al Menconi with Dave Hart. Condemning rock music and removing the offensive elements is the easy part. Presenting Christ in a posi

  • There is No Perfect Family

    By Dr. James Baird. The big wrecking ball was aimed and was attacking the structure and the columns of the building.That is exactly what is happening to the home life of America. We must be seriously concerned for the home and family because God is building everything upon the family.

  • Daddy Fik! ?

    By R. J. Gore, Jr. Filled with self-satisfaction, I gazed at my reflec

  • Viewpoint

    By Mark Belz. Trial lawyers disagree on many things, but on some basic principles there is virtual unanimity. One of these has to do with the cross-examination of a witness: never ask “one question too many.” Are we to take Christ’s teaching here seriously, to think radically, to act obediently or not? But perhaps 1 have now asked one question too many-or one too hard to deal with.

  • Living in the Shadows

    Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr. God’s reviving power is not evenly distributed throughout his Church.We hear Christian voices offering us their vari

  • Mom Chisholm

    By Charles W. Anderson. Dad Chisholm was in a class by himself. An excellent manager and a superb surgeon, he was honored by being named to both the international College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. His main interest, however, was evange

  • In Defense of the Word “Laity”

    By Lee Taylor. It never fails! Just at the moment when the world adopts something from the church arena, we back away from it! Today we back away from the word “laity.”

  • Human Resources

    By Lee Taylor. Godly men and women are complex resources. They are definitely underutilized! But we must be careful with that term or we quickly buy into the prevailing world view.

  • Agony on the Cross

    By Dr. Nelson Perret. Familiarity with a subject often leads to a very superficial understanding of reality. It is important that Christians take time to reflect upon the emotional and physical suffering involved in the crucifixion.

  • Long-Suffering in Candy

    By Lee Taylor. Sometimes we can look at our work as being closely aligned with one of the great attributes of God or one of the names used in the Bible to refer to who He is. Sometimes it is easier to link our work to what He does. In our daily work, we each see unique facets of God’s character and of His great works.

  • Easter Train Coming

    By Bryan Chapell. Like the headlight of a train piercing the foggiest night, God’s vision penetrates the darkness we face. He sees the problems. He knows the pain. Year after year the Easter train comes. Each time it passes it roars anew Christ’s victory and our hope.

  • Calling Pastors to Partnership in Prayer

    By Michael F. Ross. Careful study of the history of revivals and the Book of Acts in particular, will show us that prayer-partnership in prayer-is the seedbed of revival. History will also show that preachers-the clergymen-have so often been used by God to usher in revivals. Naturally, then, pastors should today be leading in a partnership of prayer.

  • Taking Prayer Requests Seriously

    By Frank Barker. How seriously should we take prayer requests? If Jesus made a prayer request of you as he did of the three, would you take it seriously? Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these rny brethren, you did it unto me.”

  • When Brothers Live Together in Unity

    By Kent Johnson. The air around the Women’s Health Clinic was filled with excitement, as pro-life demonstrators prepared for a major battle in the war of wordsand wills surrounding the abortion issue. Across the street at a small park a large group of pro-choice demonstrators had assembled for a counterdemon

  • Adoption–Not Abortion: Exciting Vision-Tough Realities

    By Frederick T. Marsh. These voices argued that abortion would solve a lot of societal problems. Many were swayed to that way of thinking-perhaps the problem population of society could be reduced by abortion and the rest of us would be better off. Abortion has not solved problems. What can we do collectively as the Lord’s people?

  • Tradition: Rightly Divided

    By James L. Sauer. Tradition is very human. Tradition transmits and preserves what is good in our past as well as what is bad. In itself, tradition is amoral; it is just human nature linking us with our history. As we lose our traditions we often destroy our sense of identity.

  • The Wayfaring Stanger

    By Wally Grafals. It was obvious that the actions that were easy to take came without much effort. But once such actions required giving more of oneself, the human spirit was reluctant.

  • Deaf Ministries

    By Sharon Kraemer. Most of us probably think of deaf people as simply handi

  • Nurture

    By Bob Sweet. In our zeal to simplify and reduce things to easily remembered formulas, diagrams, acro

  • Your Child’s Self Image

    By Thomas A. Whiteman. For those of us who are parents, our greatest responsibility in life is to raise our children! An important ingredient in that formula is a proper view of self – to have a good self-image. When people don’t like themselves, they will have a distorted image of God and will have great difficulty loving other people.

  • What Does It Mean To Follow Jesus?

    The Bible makes clear that obedience has to do with relationships. Love God. Love my neighbor. And how do I show that love? By obeying what God has said.

  • Five Steps to Discipling Others

    By Russ Korth. The proof and value of discipleship is in the reproducing done by those you disciple.

  • The Role of the Pastor in Christian Education

    By Allen Curry. Even though the Sunday sermons occupy the center of the pastor’s educational work, there are many other educational functions that fall to the pastor/teacher. He is always concerned with shaping and forming the people of God into the living, functioning body the Bible portrays.

  • “Good is bad . . . and bad is good!”

    By Bob Sweet. Our percep

  • I Am Proud of My Church

    By Donald E. Hoke. Are you proud of your church? Do you enjoy it, promote it, praise it, defend it? You should! For it is the one institution that Jesus Christ Himself established – it is the only eternal organization in the world. You will spend eternity with its mem

  • Leading for Greatness

    If leadership were something that must be done solo, then such expertise may be required; but real Chris

  • When God Directs the Play

    By Kathryn Farris. Under His direction each player complimented the other and became a part of the beautiful story of God’s reaching down and estab

  • ACTS of Kindness: Mercy Ministry in Philadelphia

    By David and Kate Kiersten Apple. Philadelphia is a city of contrasts. There is wealth and there is poverty; there is joy and there is sorrow; there is laughter and there is mourning and the area surrounding Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia is a micro

  • First Aid for AIDS

    By Debbie Dortzbach. Like a boulder thrown into the calm waters of an alpine lake, the effects of AIDS are rippling to every edge of the worldwide church. As its influ

  • Discipleship in the Church Today

    By Carl W. Wilson. The matter of personal disciple building in the New Testament manner is also a major part of Christian education that has been neglected but desperately needed. This kind of ministry is hard work and is unappreciated in our world of present values. It is easy to produce spiritual babies, but raising them properly is the hard part.

  • Going Where the World is Growing

    New York is the home of the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, Wall Street as well as a radio and television center of the world. The city contains five boroughs – the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Diversity of cultures and peoples is the trademark of that megapolis. What in the world could a small denomination like the PCA have to offer such a vast population?

  • After a Lot of Prayer and Spade Work

    By Sharon Kraemer. Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, worshipped in temporary location for six years. The church was built in 1982. Trinitymay well be the only PCA congregation that was “co-founded” by a Baptist!

  • The Necessary Motto for Life and Conduct: Give Thanks

    By George W. Mitchell. Our actions are born in our minds. The issues of life flow out of the heart (Proverbs 4:23). This is where the battle and struggle really begins, and it would appear that many of us are losing the fight. Do you have trouble with your actions, thoughts and words? Be imitators of God and love as Christ has loved you!

  • Where Have All the Elders Gone?

    We are concerned that local churches are plac

  • Editorial

    New church growth is a major part of the PCA’s strategy. But is it worth the energy, resources and sacrifice to plant churches? Given all the other factors in the PCA, that has to be a legitimate question to answer.

  • Beginning a New Chapter

    By Sharon Kraemer. The Reads served on the Brazilian mission field for seventeen years, rearing their four children in both “the hinterland” and two large cities. From 1952-62 they were a part of the pioneer stage of church-planting in Brazil. Read was a counselor, youth director and rancher in addition to being an itinerant evan

  • The Reign in Spain Lies Mainly in Miami

    By Bill Iverson. Shenandoah! In Virginia that’s a valley and a river – dramatic and breathtaking because of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In Miami it is a church – a rivulet in a vast plain of humanity waiting for the rains of heaven.

  • The Love of God and Evangelism

    By D. Clair Davis. Then you can share the Gospel of the Lord’s free salvation without gears clashing in your heart. All you’ve learned about living out of Christ’s love will give you the why for sharing your faith. Sharing the Gospel still won’t be easy for you, but it won’t be a burden.

  • Covenant College and Seminary – A Story of God’s Providence

    By Robert G. Rayburn. In God’s wonderful providence, although our bid was not the largest one received, the board of the insurance company decided to let us have it because we were an evangelical Presbyterian denomination which would fit into the Chattanooga community better than would the other proposed institutions. This confirmed for us the fact that the Lord had been guiding in the whole process of location of our growing school.

  • The Promise of the Cross

    By Faythe A. Dobbs. Promise, in one sense, is an agreement to do (or not do) something. Because of the cross and Christ’s work there, I can put my trust in Him.I agree to join in covenant relationship with Him. Promise, in another sense, means to give a basis for expectation. What can we expect as a result of the cross for our lives?

  • Building a Case in Prayer

    By Richard Pratt. God has invited us to build a case before Him in prayer. Instead of simply ask

  • Easter Celebration ’89

    Paul says that just as Jesus’ death had global ramifications so does His resurrection from the grave. Both the crucifixion and the resurrection are the highlights of Christ’s great redemptive drama enacted for our salvation. Both events remind us that Christianity is a missionary religion.

  • The Church’s Vital Ministry

    Unless the church is ministering the Word in the context of meeting people’s needs, the church is not really ministering effectively. If the church is not doing that, then the church is not growing.

  • A Response to the Woman’s Role

    By D. Clair Davis. By now, everywhere you go church bulletins say: “Ministers: every mem

  • Adjustment after the Death of a Spouse

    Even though we know God is sov

  • Ministering to the Divorced

    By Tom Jones. Silence is not support. It is wrong to assume that the divorced person would rather not talk about it or that if you brought up the subject you would only be making things worse. Divorced people already feel like lepers because friends no longer want to talk to them. If you will not talk, you increase the silence surrounding the divorced and drive them more deeply into a sense of isolation.

  • Ministering to the Never-Married Single Adult

    By Walter Wood. They represent the majority of the single-adult population in churches with over 500 people. They also represent the most energetic and available source of ministry in the church in America today. They usually have more energy and less responsibility than any other adult group in the church. A church that fails to aggressively minister to its singles and fails to strategically seek to reach unchurched singles is missing an opportunity and a significant responsibility.

  • Ministry to Single Adults: The Need

    By Bob Burns. We must not stick our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich while cry

  • Developing a Christian Mind

    Obviously education is aimed at people. It is doing something to them and with them in such a way that certain things will result – knowledge, skills and values. If the PCA is going to have the long-range impact on the world that I believe God wants us to have, we not only have to call men to faith in Christ and repentance of sin, but we also have to be discipled to have a Christian mind.

  • Can We Wait Any Longer?

    ByFrank Brock. Developing the Christian mind begins with knowledge of the Bible, but it does not end there.At Covenant we believe that good educa

  • Mission Accomplished? When? How?

    By Sidney Anderson. You just don’t wake up one morning in a village of the Tiv Tribe of Nigeria by accident! It was the fulfillment of years of planning and waiting for the Lord’s leading. The numbers are not the main category, but have you ever been to a Christian event attended by 30,000 people? I have. It is breathtaking! Especially when you realize that the devil has had this entire tribe in his clutches for hundreds of years.

  • The PCA’s Campus Outreach

    By Mark Lowrey, Jr. Reformed University Ministries, the PCA’s campus outreach devoted to evangelizing and discipling college students. The overall purpose of Reformed University Ministries is simple – to reach students for Christ and equip students to serve.

  • Eyeglasses and a College Education: The Significance of a Christian World View

    By Dr. Donovan Graham. Living by the wrong world view is the same as putting on the wrong eyeglasses; it can lead to disaster. Faculty members who teach students at the college level are either God’s agents seeking to grind lenses that will enable students to see the world truthfully, or they are agents of the enemy seeking to grind lenses that will lead to distortion.

  • Editorial

    By Jack Williamson. It is proper that we pause to remember the great things God has done in the Presbyterian Church in America since we took our place among the family of churches of the Lord Jesus Christ on December 4, 1973 – fifteen years ago.

  • Room for the Non-Ordained

    By Lee Taylor. When the roles of these key leaders are defined, it is normally in a charge to them at their ordination or installation. On such occa

  • The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

    By Linleigh Roberts. Because Jesus of Nazareth was God in the flesh, He cannot be readily dismissed; the appearance of God in history demands an explanation.

  • Senior Citizens on the Frontlines

    By Lois Kyle. Missionaries go overseas to do some job that will take the Good News of Jesus Christ to those people. How desperately missionaries need more of you to be will

  • PCA Celebrates Fifteenth Anniversary

    They prayed for God to guide them as they acted upon a motion that would change their lives forever.

  • A Devilish Christmas: A Purloined Screwtape Letter

    By James L. Sauer. The Christmas season is a point in the human year when we do some of our best business – devouring souls like so many M&Ms popped into a plump child’s mouth. Sweet, satisfying, and look, … no human mess.

  • The Wise Men and Their Search

    By Frank Barker. In their study of the stars they had seen a most unusual star. They understood that it was indica

  • A Most Unusual Church

    By Sharon Kraemer. Worship, relationships and missions are the three foci of his ministry. He says that every time he preaches or teaches, it is on one of these themes. He endeavors to be “refreshingly redundant,” “hammering away” at the three things which are “vitally related” in his mind. “If we’re doing any one of them success

  • At the Helm of the PCA

    By Sharon Kraemer. The diversity of gifts in the Body of Christ can be readily seen in the ten men who lead the committees or boards for our PCA program com

  • The True Origin of Self-Government

    By Lane Adams. Can a nation survive where there is no standard for truth? Most people want to do business with someone who is honorable and trustworthy, even if they are not honorable and trustworthy them

  • ‘Preparing the Ground’

    By Mary Lou Bonsack. We were able to do something that prepared the ground for the plant

  • Christian Education for Pre-schoolers

    By Sharon Kraemer. “So much is happening at that early age to form a person’s lifelong attitudes and perceptions; this is my way of ministering to families at a very crucial time.” He sees the tremendous need for quality child care as a great opportunity to minister to the needs of children and parents, and perhaps introduce them to the Savior.

  • Starting Small

    By Susan Zitzman. Soon the leaders’ persistence paid off. At the third meeting five children attended. The next week there were six, the next week seven and the next week nine….In fact, because the club started out small, the leaders had a greater chance to grow in their faith and trust in God than they might have had if the club had achieved instant popularity.

  • The Ghost Writer

    By Edmund P. Clowney. Actually, every preacher or teacher of the Bible is called to bring a message that is not his own. The preacher is a herald of the Gospel, proclaiming the Word of God.

  • Believing in and Practicing Mutual Trust

    By Donald MacNair. The work of guardianship cannot ultimately be accomplished by our codifying every conceivable point and innuendo of an issue and then using that code to be the total measurement of the candidate on an issue where there is apparent difference. Judgment must eventually be made which exercises trust in one another through the Holy Spirit’s ministry.

  • Assessment…Who Set the Table?

    By Kent Johnson. So long as my desire was to discover the unique talents God has given me and to be open to discovering ways to use them to His glory, I couldn’t fail. The only way to fail the assessment process is to try to tell God where I am willing to serve and be closed to anything else. But most of all, it is reassuring to know that I have done everything humanly possible to find my place of service.

  • Church Planting as a Key Missions Strategy

    By J. Philip Clark. We have had – in our brief existence – some success in planting congregations at points of need. While we will not depreciate our strategic planning, success is in some measure due to godly church members moving with the population shift, finding no satisfactory church in the new location, and calling for help to establish a church in their new neighborhood.

  • Economic Trends and Their Impact on Missiology

    Traditional meth

  • The Church: Witnessing Force or Mere Sending Agency?

    By Les Thompson. A missionary is one sent out, commissioned by his homeland church to go to some other land to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and establish the Church of our Lord Jesus with all the detail that involves – teaching the Scriptures, Biblical doc

  • Under His Wings

    By Dave Hilmers. Was the promise of salvation in which I took so much comfort really mine? Just before the countdown resumed, my faith was renewed by remembering that our salvation rests not upon our own righteousness but upon that of Christ and that His sav

  • Conservation or Pollution?

    As we talk about success and failure, we need to remind ourselves of whose terms of reference we are using. It must be in God’s terms. It seems to me this is the area in which we have to be careful about “pop” Christianity and “success through godli

  • “Harvest”: Offering Freedom in Christ

    By Sharon Kraemer. The Harvest fact sheet describes the basic minis

  • Ministers of Mercy: God’s Walking Wounded

    By Fred Marsh. This is mercy. This is God’s calling to me. I am proud to be among the walking wounded – proud that God would see fit to rescue me from my arrogance enough to make me realize that, contrary to the popular saying, God helps those who cannot help themselves. The greater the need, the greater is God’s mercy made available to that individual.

  • The Resurrection of the Body

    By Dr. William S. Barker. But what do we know about the resurrection body of Jesus that will tell us something about our resurrection bodies?

  • Parenting by Grace – Part 3

    By James M. Hatch, Jr. It is vital to have a proper concept of children. They are not dolls or playthings. Made in the very image of God, your children are priceless, but they have needs which can only be supplied by you. Child development – growing into maturity – is a magnificent process with ups and downs that parents may not always understand.

  • Parenting by Grace – Part 2

    By James M. Hatch, Jr. Simply stated, “parenting by grace” means that to be a biblical parent you must treat your children like God does. Every time you face an issue you must have God’s supernatural grace ena

  • The Necessity for Christian Higher Education

    By Frank Brock. A reformation is not a return to the past. A reformation is the reforming of institutions within the society on a more biblical basis. At the top of the list of institutions that need to be reformed is the family. Men and women must take seriously the vows to commit themselves to one another for life so that they can raise and train children in a way that would be pleasing to God.

  • Parenting by Grace – Part 1

    By James M. Hatch, Jr. I’m overwhelmed with what I consider to be a biblical theology of parenting. I’m truly con

  • A Modest Proposal for Seeking the Restoration of Offenders

    By J. Gary Aitken. Remembering that the objectives of bibli

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ

    By Roger R. Nicole. We must therefore, be careful to use the Scrip

  • The Importance of Prayer for the PCA

    By Frank M. Barker, Jr. I believe most of us in the PCA sense the great opportunity and challenge before our denomination. With many denominations losing their spiritual moorings, a moral landslide occur

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ – Part 2

    By Roger R. Nicole. When we are sure that our outward approach is proper, we need secondly to safeguard the inward benefits of controversy. We need to ask the ques

  • “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

    In Memoriam: Harold Samuel Laird

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us – Part 1

    By Roger R. Nicole. We disagree in some areas of Christian doctrine. We disagree as to some of the details of church administration. We disagree as to the way in which certain tasks of the church should be pursued. Who does not encounter from time to time people who are not in complete agreement; therefore, it is good to seek to discover certain basic principles whereby we may relate to those who differ from us.

  • The PCA: Past, Present, and Future

    The PCA is a microcosm of what the Bible describes as a body with unity and diversity. At times the diversity has seemed to overshadow the unity; yet our denomination continues to grow and expand.

  • Unity and Diversity

    It seems generally that it is the younger Christians who usually are the ones directly bearing the fruit of evange

  • Missions Have Come Home to America

    By Terry Gyger. Of the four and one-half million Hispanics in Los Angeles, less than one-half of one percent are evangelical. This means that most Latin cities have more believers than exist in Hispanic Los Angeles.

  • Permanent vs. Rotation System for Ruling Elders

    By John M. Montgomery. It is this writer’s opinion that what is popu

  • God’s Grace in an Evil Empire

    By Qaton Ebed Mashiah. A popular prophet of Samaria returned from an unusual trip to Nineveh which revolutionized his life. Jonah ben Amittai returned from his three-day campaign in the capital city of Assyria, the empire which has become a serious threat to Israel’snational existence.

  • Being Reformed on the American Evangelical Scene Today

    By D. James Kennedy. The German author Goethe said that the only struggle in the long history of mankind worthy of our contemplation and consideration is the strug

  • Planning for Praise

    Hen

  • Ministering After Tragedy

    University administrators, alumnae, and students crowded the Chi Omega house the night of the trag

  • Notable Assembly in Notable State

    Taking this year’s notable PCA event in stride is not likely to be a problem for Michigan, which is hoisting extra flags and doing additional celebrating of its own in 1987. The state is observ

  • Representing the Family

    Like apple pie and basketball, the family is an institution that few dare oppose. Attacks are subtle and oblique, usually. One of the public defenders of this basic unit of society is the “layper

  • Unity in Facing Diversity

    Participants sought to iden

  • Inviting the Church Into Study of Lodge

    While expressing concern about the relationship of church members to Freemasonry, the study panel is care

  • Church and State…And Where We Stand

    This is no hypothetical case. It has happened before – with loyal and sincere PCA members on opposite sides – and it can happen again.

  • Giving – More Than Money

    Dramatic and traumatic experi

  • The Presbyterian Journal Halts After 45 Years

    Early in March 1942, five men made their way through a deep snow in the North Car

  • Churches Alive in Small Towns

    More than half of the PCA’s congregations have 100 or fewer mem

  • Confronting Sacred Cows

    Learning the Bible is one thing; applying it in one’s daily work is another. It’s not easy in any occupation, but believers in the heal

  • Panel Wrapping Big Package

    Included in the recom

  • SOS Mexico – SOS Poland

    Three letters, SOS, are recognized universally as a distress signal. There is a sense in which their use in the PCA means that help is needed, but the official translation is Summer Oppor

  • Ridge Haven Season Lasts Twelve Months

    Last year was the busiest yet, and Ridge Haven boosters expect 1987 to see even more usage of the denominational facility. While no addi

  • Changing Destinations

    Senior flight attendants on major airlines go just about anywhere they want to go. Sometimes, however, they end up where they had not planned to be.

  • Variety of Buildings Accommodate Growth

    Striking designs, flexible floor plans, and unusual contributions of land and labor are among the elements seen in new PCA construction in the past year. Buildings continue to spring up across the denomination, indicat

  • No ‘Herd’ on His Street

    By Ben Edwards. The chairman, who is not afraid to mention God in his annual report, replies matter-of-factly about the prin

  • Trying the Book Case

    Losing once is not reason to quit. Ask Thomas 0. Kotouc, a lawyer who represented Mobile school authorities and the state of Alabama in the prayer case that went all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest tribunal told the Alabama schools that they couldn’t pray – even silently.

  • Planters Pick New ‘Paris’

    Most North Americans have heard of Timbuktu, but even if they think it’s more real than legendary they usually can’t find it on the map. Fewer are likely to be able to tell how to find Abidjan, where the newest Mission to the World church planting team is being established.

  • Making Missions ‘Norm’ for Youth

    Every young person goes through certain “rites of passage” before reaching maturity. If Mission to the World realizes a goal it has just set, every PCA young person will have some kind of missions exposure before “growing up and settling down.”

  • Time To Build

    Now we are at a unique moment, a “kairos.” That Greek word, poorly translated into English as just “time,” is packed with meaning. It’s more like “ripeness” or a strategic opportunity. We face tremendous possibilities now in the PCA.

  • Quiet, Dependable

    Elevators, by design, are supposed to be quiet, dependable, and efficient. They attract little attention until they fail to perform as expected. Richard H. Ellingsworth doesn’t attract much attention, and those who know him well describe him as quiet, dependable, and efficient.

  • Managing the Manse

    Consideration of the manse question has brought unusual consequences for one PCA congregation, the Princeton Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In October 1984 its manse was vacant. There was no pastor, and the congregation was in the pro

  • Aussies Get Spring During the U.S. Summer

    Thanks to seven summer (North American summer, that is) workers from the PCA’s Servants in Missions Abroad, the Buderim congregation of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on the Sunshine Coast experienced vitalization and growth. Elsewhere in Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland, two other SIMA summer workers helped new missionaries in Brisbane.

  • Answers to Prayer in 1536 and 1986

    Times are tumultuous. Interna

  • Spencer Line is Busy

    To many members of Birmingham’s Briarwood Church, he is the elder who taught them Reformation history in their first year as members there.Officials involved in utility rate-making in Alabama know him as the man from the telephone company who always had the right numbers.People active at the assembly level in the PCA know Spencer as a presbyter who has devoted countless hours to helping to build the denomination from its earliest days.

  • Presbytery Total Climbs

    When the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America met in 1973 commissioners from 16 presbyteries attended. A total of 215 congregations were represented. When the Fifteenth Gen

  • ‘Closed’ Countries Export Open Minds

    At a university in the States he’s learning a bit more than the leaders of his Islamic nation expect, however. In addition to his courses in math, sci

  • Doers, Not Hearers Only

    Nearly everybody goes to church in Upper East Tennessee. One widely cir

  • Smith ‘Retirement’ Rejected

    Before getting to that point, the assembly heard a statement from the clerk in which he reported that he had been accused of conflict of interest. He offered to resign. The court accepted his state

  • PCA Becomes NAE Member

    It’s official now. The Presbyterian Church in America has decided to join the National Association of Evan

  • Assembly on Spot to Give Answers

    Country politicians have been known to advise people newly inter

  • Tried and Tested Timer

    Precious metals are refined with fire. So are people. The Bible makes numerous references to such testing and purifying.

  • Philadelphia: Presbyterian Seedbed

    The first settled Presbyterian minis

  • Urban Assembly Site Offers Unique Flavor

    Quill pens and candlesticks were on the State House tables as standard equipment for delegates to the 1776 Continental Congress. When commis

  • Retirement: Time to Work

    Taking an occasional glance at his watch may seem natural for a man who worked for a railroad for 43 years helping to keep things on schedule. His ste

  • Structure Debate Heats Up

    Major proposals regard

  • PCA Philadelphia Roots Go Deep

    Twentieth Century Philadelphia evokes vivid memories for conservative Presbyterians, including many who may be in the city for the PCA General Assembly this June. The eccle

  • Two Views On Nukes Offered

    Commissioners to the PCA’s 1986 general assembly will have to decide what kind of guidance they want to give on the question of nuclear weapons. Six of seven mem

  • Koreans Keep Coming

    In the view of one school of missiologists, this isn’t all bad. They have a name for it: the homogeneous unit principle (HUP). One of the more remarkable applications of the principle among Protestants is taking place today in the Presbyterian Church in America. Thousands of immigrant Koreans have found homes in PCA congrega

  • Two Views on Joining the NAE

    NAE membership is being debated throughout the denomination. Some of the issues on either side are discussed in the following presentations. William A. Shell is in favor of joining. He is a teaching elder in Great Lakes Presbytery and the stated clerk of that court. He is associate professor of biblical studies at Reformed Bible College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Opposing the affiliation is William A. Rocap Jr., a ruling elder in the Lakeshore Church, Denver, North Carolina, and a former moderator of Central Carolina Presbytery. Though retired as an executive with the Meredith Corporation, he continues active as a consultant to the publishing industry.

  • Canadian ‘People Person

    By TE J. Cameron Fraser. Visitors to this year’s world’s fair, Expo 86 in Vancouver, will find a beau

  • Discipling And Drama

    Pageants and plays are often on the church schedule at Easter and Christ

  • PCA’s Globe-Trotters With Worn Passports

    When a PCA missionary went to a Communist nation early this year, it was not his first visit. Nor is it expected to be his last. He went without fanfare to help an existing evangelical denomination. That body invited him to speak at its annual meeting and to counsel with its ministers and their wives.

  • A Parish of Prisoners

    The English lady came to the United States more than 30 years ago as the bride of an American military officer she met while on a vacation in Spain. It was a very long way, both in miles and in culture, from her hometown, Leigh-on-Sea, just east of London, to Cleveland, Mississippi, where they lived. One of her discoveries was that just down the road was the much-maligned Mississippi prison farm, popularly known as Parchman.

  • Satellites and Discipleship

    They were all watching and listen

  • Keeping Up With The Movers

    Church members who are loved and appreciated while present frequently are forgotten when they move to another community. Replacements are found to take over their respon

  • Counseling After the Crash

    I was returning from a two-week field train

  • ‘Needle for God’s Thread’

    Sociologist Russell Heddendorf believes the science of sociology is the “hidden thread” to a better under

  • Panel Proposes: Join NAE

    Completing a two year study on the National Association of Evangelicals, the PCA’s Committee on Interchurch Relations is planning to recommend to the Genera! Assembly that the PCA join the NAE.

  • Singing in Egyptian Jails

    The two PCA couples were living in the port city of Alexandria. They lived among Egyptians and not in an expatriate compound. The daily exposure to normal living situations helped them acquire the language. They made some friends in the neighborhood. They wanted to share their faith, but they knew what they could and could not do under Egyptian law.

  • A Special Year for PCA Property

    It was a big building year for the PCA! All across the denomination 1985 will go into the books as a year of new property acquisitions. While no offi

  • Crushing Caricatures

    Kay James believes in what she is doing. Her fight to “change the law” is based on what she – and her church – believe. She’s comfortable working from within a denomination that stands for the Bible, a theology based on the “whole counsel of God” and thus for the “morals, values, and pro-family interests so important to us.”

Below you will find the archives for Men’s Ministry. If you’re looking for a particular article press Ctrl+F (Cmd+F on mac) and search for a word or phrase in the box that pops up in the right corner of your screen.

  • Biblical Manhood

    This spring, Grace Covenant PCA of Williamsburg, VA brought together 83 men, ranging from teenagers to college students to graduate students to single thirty-somethings to fathers and grandfathers, for a three-hour Saturday morning seminar on Rediscovering Biblical Manhood. The seminar, conducted by PCA Men’s Ministry Coach Gary Yagel, was what one participant called “a great … Continued

  • Men’s Ministry Around the PCA

    There are many resources and upcoming events for men’s ministry in the PCA. Here you will find some valuable resources for mentoring men in your church.

  • How to Help Men Love God More

    A good summary of the goal of men’s ministry is to help men better love God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. Bryan Chapel points out, “Spiritual change is more a matter of what our heart loves than what our hands do” (Holiness By Grace). So, what are the barriers that prevent our men from loving God more?

  • You Were Made to Last Forever

    You Were Made to Last Forever is an effective method for sharing the Faith with people. PCA Teaching Elder Dick Fisher has developed a number of resources that you can access easily and effectively. This program is being used effectively in a number of different settings. It is a useable resource that will enable you to better present the Gospel.

  • The Kingdom Misunderstood, Part 1

    I begin by introducing you to Bill and Mary Wright. Bill is a 34 year old husband and father of two children, Terry 10 and Susan 7. Mary is a stay at home mom and has home schooled her children for a couple years, though they are presently attending a Christian school that meets in their church. Bill and Mary are active church members and clearly demonstrate a love for the Lord that is obvious to others.

  • Men’s Ministry Around the PCA

    This year’s General Assembly at Virginia Beach is just around the corner. There will be plenty of opportunities to use this time to strengthen your men’s ministry. Find out how…

  • What a Son (Or Grandson) Needs to Grow into Authentic Manhood

    Today’s feminized Western culture has declared war on masculinity. To mention any fundamental differences between the sexes is not politically correct. Moreover, our boys are being pressured to be more like girls and subjected to a relentless assault upon their masculinity.

  • Targeting Comprehensive Christian Education

    It never ceases to amaze me that anywhere in the world you say “Christian Education” people automatically think Sunday school. Is this the only Christian education the church does? If it is, then we are in big trouble. Let me explain….

  • Sliding Down the Steep Slope Towards Pornography Addiction

    Studies reveal that 50-65 % of Christian men have significant problems with pornography and the problem is getting worse. Because most of the men in our churches are not equipped to battle lust from a grace-centric perspective, thousands are sliding down the steep slope towards pornography addiction.

  • Reaching Every Man: Training to build a men’s ministry

    What is the key to building an effective men’s ministry? An inspired, equipped men’s ministry leadership team! This A Four-Hour Workshopwill inspire and equip that team.Learn moreabout this training opportunity offered by Gary Yagel. Attend an already-scheduled event or host one in your local church.

  • Helping Men Become A Band of Brothers

    All Christian men fight inner battles with their sinful nature. Lust, anger, selfishness, resentment, impatience, discontent, idolatry are just some of the forces that seek to overpower us as men. Many times we lose these battles for a simple reason-we are trying to fight them by ourselves.

  • A Man’s Guide to Work

    YOU WERE CREATED TO WORK, and you will feel most happy, most alive, and most useful when you are doing the work you were created to do. Unfortunately, over 50 percent of all workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. Do Christian men share this societal perspective?

  • How Then Should We Work?

    Hugh Whelchel, Executive Director of the Reformed Theological Seminary campus in Washington D.C. This article is recommended by Gary Yagel as itlays the biblical foundation for work and explains why our current view of work has gotten off-track.

  • CEP Partners with Man in the Mirror

    ChristianEducation and Publicationsis partnering with Man in the Mirror to offer the best in training and resources for men’s ministry in local churches.

  • Men’s Ministry FAQ’s

    Eleven Frequently Asked Questions about Men’s Ministry in the PCA. Why have it? Why is it so difficult? What’s working across the denomination? How to build a leadership team? and other helpful questions.

  • No Man Fails On Purpose

    “No Man Fails On Purpose” Excerpts from No Man Left Behind MANY IF NOT MOST, of our cultural problems-divorce, abortion, juvenile crime, fatherless ness-can be traced back to the failure of a man. Ironically, it’s a man who got up in the morning hoping to succeed. The signs are all around us. We live in … Continued

  • Overcoming the Performance Orientation In Men

    “Overcoming the Performance Orientation In Men”Excerpts from No Man Left Behind (Chapter 4) How are men successful in the world? So, we take a man from this world’s system and plop him down in church. He wants to be a “successful Christian.” He looks around and decides he needs to dress a certain way, use … Continued

  • What’s Happening Around the PCA? Helping Men Cope with the Economy

    Ideas for Men’s Ministry: What’s Happening Around the PCA? Covenant Life PCA, Sarasota: Deacon Dave Enslow will be leading a 2 hour seminar called, How to Survive the Economic MeltDown, based upon Dave’s own spiritual journey through hard financial times and the material from Pat, Morley’s new book, by this title.

  • Reaching Every Man

    Several graduates of RTS Orlando, along with a third PCA member, began to conduct extensive research into churches that were effectively discipling men, to determine why they were so successful. They saw time and again that the churches with effective long term processes that produced Godly disciples followed the same principles. For example, they targeted the hearts of men, not their behavior.

  • Does Men’s Fraternity Belong In a PCA Church?

    Does Men’s Fraternity Belong In a PCA Church? Interview with TE Pete Deison, Minister of Discipleship, Park Cities PCA. Men’s Fraternity Is a 3 year men’s discipleship curricula, designed by Robert Lewis, pastor-at-large of Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas and author of Raising a Modern Day Knight.

  • Boys, Masculinity, and the Church: Why Boys Need a Strong Men’s Ministry

    Ask any man how he feels when he is asked to hold his wife’s purse even for a moment. Nearly every instinct in our son’s heart is to resist appearing to be feminine. So, if our boys see Christianity as feminine, what should we expect their attitude towards it to be?

  • The Case for a Men’s Discipleship Program

    By Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror. If you have 100 men in your church, what is the size of your men’s discipleship ministry? The correct answer is 100. A dozen white haired men having breakfast together once a month and six guys in a Bible study on Wednesday morning are good. But that leaves 82 men unaccounted for. You’re setting those men up to lose the battle.

  • A Healthy Church – A Layman’s Letter to His Pastor

    by Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror. A Layman’s Letter to his Pastor…Dear Pastor, As I was sitting in church on Sunday, I decided to write you this letter. When the service began, this is what I found myself thinking…

  • Why have a men’s ministry?

    Here are some hard facts, practical benefts and a Biblical apologetic for why churches should make discipling men a priority. Read more…

  • What is the Biblical basis for men’s ministry?

    It’s about discipleship, the Great Commission and the Body of Christ. Read Gary’s Biblical rationale for the necessity of discipling men in the context of the church.

  • Why is it so difficult to get men to attend men’s ministry events?

    Why is it so difficult to get men to attend men’s ministry events? A. Nearly all of the subgroups in the church (children, teens, college kids, singles, women, seniors) are strongly motivated to come to church events because they want to be with their friends. Men are not. Therefore, they don’t show up … Continued

  • Why is it that a successful men’s event or ministry in my church is so often followed by a total loss of momentum?

    Because men’s ministry is so difficult, successful events don’t automatically lead to success in subsequent events or ministries. The success of events is only maximized when they are fit into an overall strategy that meets the needs of men and moves them down the path of discipleship.

  • What men’s ministry programs are working in the PCA?

    Probably, all of them. There is no “key” program to copy. We’ve heard that the following resources have been used effectively in men’s ministry in the PCA

  • How do you build a sustainable disciple-making ministry for men in the local church?

    Follow a proven strategy for the church of the 21st century to disciple men This strategy is fully explained in the book, No Man Left Behind, written by three PCA authors, Pat Morley, David Delk, and Brett Clemmer. Here is a rough overview of the strategy

  • How do you obtain the pastor and session’s support for men’s ministry?

    In order to have a sustainable men’s ministry in a PCA church, one must have a supportive pastor and session. Read the “right” way to get them on board and provide the leadership necessary to move the idea of ministry to men to reality.

  • How do you build a strong men’s ministry leadership team?

    Practical and proven advice on how to choose, equip and cast a vision for a leadership team for men’s ministry.

  • What do men identify as their greatest spiritual needs?

    Real and felt needs identified. True discipleship is not behavior modification; it is heart transformation. It is not piling more discipleship tasks on the tired backs of men; it is leading them to the feet of Christ. The root need of every man is the gospel of grace deeply taking root in his soul.

  • How can I get my men spiritually connected at the level of their walk with Christ

    Recognize that each of your men can be placed on a continuum of male connection in your church that might look like this: —Know No one—–Acquaintances—-Friends—Brothers—-

  • How can I be better equipped for men’s ministry?

    How can I be better equipped for men’s ministry? A. Sign Up for Get In the Game–the PCA E-letter on Men’s Ministry B. Take the 15 minute Man in the Mirror On-line training course (click here http://www.maninthemirror.org/. C. Read and study No Man Left Behind. (order from PCA … Continued

  • Life Changing Men’s Events

    A weekend retreat or a Saturday morning seminar is a powerful tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit to grow men to new levels of surrender and commitment to Christ. at a camp called Hilltop, I faced the most important decision of my life. I had just been challenged to fully devote my life to Jesus Christ.

  • What’s Happening Around the PCA? Christ Community

    They call themselves the Samson Society. They started in Christ Community Church, Franklin TN, and their society is spreading to other PCA churches. It is a fellowship of Christian men who are serious about authenticity, community, humility and recovery – serious, but not grave.

  • Grace On Tap

    A foundational principle in men’s ministry is recognizing that even though our men know Christ died for their sins, many, perhaps most, still feel too dirty and sinful to be loved by a holy God. No matter how good our programs are, how rich our Biblical insights may be, or how successful we are at helping men better connect, our men’s ministry will fall flat if our men’s guilt and failure make them doubt God’s love for them.

  • Men’s Updates by Man in the Mirror, Inc.

    A lot of press has been given to a recent Pew Research study showing that 44% of American adults “have left the faith of their childhood.” But that’s not really the whole story. 16% out of that 44% simply left one Protestant denomination for another, meaning only 28% of adults have left the faith of their childhood. Add to that that some of those 28% left atheism or other religions for Christianity, and the picture looks even brighter. So perhaps the best way to say it is, “72% of all American adults have stayed in the faith they were brought up in, including those who changed denominations within the Protestant Church.” Now it sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

  • Calling Men to a Big Enough Vision

    We must constantly strive to help men see that there is no greater mission than to be a part of God’s grand redemption of the cosmos, fighting Satan and his minions, being the first-fruits of the new creation, putting the values of the kingdom on display in our own lives, and invading every square inch of planet earth with the gospel of the kingdom of Christ!

  • What is Happening Around the PCA? Making Kingdom Disciples of Men

    We are to seek first the kingdom of God, expanding the rule of Christ into every sphere of our lives, culture, and world. If men’s ministry is to be effective, we must challenge men with a vision big enough to resonate with their internal drive to accomplish a great mission. That vision is to live out the values of God’s kingdom-to make the invisible kingdom of God visible, everywhere we go, in every sphere of our lives, over every square inch of planet earth.

  • Ministry That Appeals to Men

    Is it possible that today’s church has developed a culture that drives men away by asking them to check their masculinity at the door? This is Murrow’s thesis and it is well worth thinking about.

  • Called to Sexual Integrity: Repentance – 5

    Sometimes Christian men who are losing their battles with lust are looking for a quick and easy solution that will fit comfortably into their schedule. “Give me three steps for winning this battle for sexual purity and I will take them next Thursday afternoon at 3:00 and get this problem solved.” But instant solutions to spiritual problems simply don’t exist.

  • Five Reasons Men’s Ministry is So Hard

    Unlike the other sub-groups in the church (children, teens, college kids, singles, women) most men are not motivated to come to church activities because they want to be with their friends. Kids and teens are often bored and want to hang out with their church friends. Singles want to find a mate. Women are naturally motivated to connect with other women. But men’s hard wiring takes us in the opposite direction

  • Called to Sexual Integrity: One Way God Changes Our Hearts – 4

    Reliable studies indicate that over half of the Christian men in America have a major struggle with the pull of temptation to look at pornography. As Reformed believers, we understand that the only answer to this struggle is the power of the gospel to transform our hearts. We understand that the Biblical approach to the battle with lust is heart transformation, not just superficial behavior modification.

  • Staying Focused On [Men's] Discipleship

    To build a sustainable ministry to men, you’ll need a solid foundation. That foundation starts with your focus. Discipleship is the portal priority through which all the other priorities of the church can be achieved. Only by moving through the discipleship gateway can people truly affect their church and their church affect them.

  • Called to Sexual Integrity: How God Redeems Our Sexuality – 3

    Surveys among Christian men routinely indicate that the temptation they struggle with the most is sexual lust. Long-term success in battling this temptation does not come in an easy three step formula. If overcoming sexual impurity were that easy, men would take those three steps and this would not be the huge problem among Christian men that it is.

  • Understanding Where Men Are and How to Reach Them

    Making disciples is all about taking men who don’t know Christ and helping them become mature, passionate followers of Jesus. This journey can be represented by a continuum: Men who need Christ >>>>>>>> Mature Disciples

    Every man in your church can be placed somewhere on the continuum and that determines the offerings that will appeal to him. As a man matures in his faith, he will move farther down the continuum.

  • Called to Sexual Integrity: Process by which Sexuality Redeemed – 2

    Since our sexuality is so deeply rooted in us, this redemption can take a very long time. There are no simplistic answers or easy steps to sexual purity. Such purity is the result of our growth in holiness, what is called our sanctification. That is why real sexual purity only comes from the Biblical growth process of repentance, faith, and obedience.

  • Practical Assistance for PCA Men’s Ministry Leadership Teams

    A man is hard to disciple. Men are busy, tired, over-committed, and struggling with sins they don’t want to talk about. Unlike women, singles, teenagers, and children, they will not show up at church just because they like to be together. Any event for men has to have high value to them. Otherwise, they will not come to it on any kind of regular basis.

  • Building a Sustainable Men’s Ministry: No Man Left Behind

    You’ve got men, you’ve got a church. Add a testimony, some pancakes, and prayer and – poof! A men’s ministry. Right? Not necessarily. This book is based on over 30 years of combined ministry experience, of training classes at the Leadership Training Center and thousands of interactions with men’s ministry leaders. Read excerpts…

  • Called to Sexual Integrity: Part 1

    It is sometimes thought that Jesus was adding something new to the prohibitions of the Law when he commanded us not to lust after another man’s wife. But, in fact, this prohibition is in the Decalogue, itself. The tenth commandment prohibits coveting our neighbor’s wife and the Hebrew word for covet is also translated lust after. The same is true in the New Testament. EPITHUMEO, which means literally, over-desire, is translated both as lusting and coveting.

  • Why Men Hate Going to Church

    This is a good book for pastors and elders to read and use in training men involved in leading men’s ministry in the local church.

  • What About Men’s Ministry in the PCA?

    What about men’s ministry in the PCA? We have been asked that question many times. Before responding, a bit of history would be in order. When the PCA formed in December of 1973, the organizing committee was aware of the background from which our original churches were coming.

  • The Six Habits of Spiritually Happy Men

    These six habits are no litmus test that you can use to judge a man’s walk with Christ. That would be extremely dangerous. These habits create no special merit with Christ. They do nothing to improve a man’s record with Jesus. They are, however, indicators or “clues” of a deeper commitment to live by faith and make a difference in the world.

  • Men’s Ministry: An Indispensable Focus for the Church

    By Pete Alwinson. “Men: You can’t live with them and you can’t shoot them.” This bumper sticker glared back at me, as I pulled up to a stop light in Orlando one day. “Now that’s one ticked off lady” was my first thought. My second thought was: “I wonder what her story is. What did she experience from men? Neglect? Abuse? Anger? Who hurt her? Dad, brother, neighbor boy, boyfriend, husband, grandfather?” Could have been one or two, or all.

  • What Would Jesus Do?

    Suffice it to say that it is in the church that we ought to learn what it means to be messengers of grace wherever we are. It is in this context that we are to make disciples. We have the great privilege of self consciously bringing the influence of God’s kingdom to a society dimly aware of his nature and purposes.

  • A Time to Evaluate

    A teacher hasn’t taught until the student has learned. With the gospel, learning is used by the Spirit to produce change – in our thinking, our desires, and our activities. So it makes sense to see what the product looks like. It also makes sense to assess the perceived impact our efforts have made.

  • A Better Way to Handle Abuse

    By Ken Sande. Sexual abuse in the church does not have to end in broken lives, agonizing lawsuits, and divided congregations. When people follow God’s instructions, these terrible incidents can result in healing, justice, and healthier churches.

  • Praying the Psalms

    By Archie Parrish. As we pray the Psalms, the Holy Spirit helps us commune with the Father, conform to the Son, and combat the devil.As sons and daughters in a conscious vital relationship with our Father and with His family in a local church, we can properly serve as soldiers in Christ’s army and gain victory in battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

  • Do I Know You?

    Relationships in the neighborhood, at the office, or at school are important. But if they don’t extend beyond the confines of that environment they have limited value. And the same is true of relationships at church. Hopefully, the believer will have friendships with some that extend beyond the confines of a church program.

  • The Cost of Love

    Are we willing to pay the price? That is a question that must be answered within the context of specific relationships. Can I love the son who has broken my heart? Can I love the student who I can’t seem to reach? Can I love the church member who seems to have so little to give to me? Or the neighbor who irritates me?

  • Not a Village, but a Church with a School

    By Robert Rogland. The Bible charges parents to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. But other Christians also have a measure of responsibility: When the Lord commanded his church to teach all nations, surely that included covenant children as well.

  • Theodicy: Understanding the Goodness of God in the Midst of Evil

    If God is good and all-powerful, why is there evil in his world? Is he really God? All-powerful? Good? Does he really rule his world? Where does he fit into the picture with all the bad things going on? And bottom line, we ask, How is it possible to reconcile the realities of life-sin, evil, and wickedness-with God’s all powerful and good rule? Theodicy is an attempt to justify and harmonize those things.

  • Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself

    As far as Americans living stateside are concerned, most Muslims are extremely approachable. They enjoy friendships and the giving and receiving of hospitality is a positive thing for them. Sadly, most expatriate Muslims who have been in the United States for five or ten years have never been inside a Christian’s home!

  • A Strategy for Evangelizing the Post Modern

    By William J. Larkin. Indeed, how can we communicate a gospel that is truly “good news” to the postmodern person (or any cultural being for that matter)? We must “exegete” the culture from the inside out. We must interpret the Scriptures at a metacultural level. Then, we must bring the two together in effective gospel communication.

  • QUESTIONS?!

    Unanswered questions don’t go away, especially the ones never raised, never addressed.Our thinking needs to be challenged. Our values, even those we cherish the most, need to be evaluated. Our faith must be examined lest we find ourselves losing that which we claim is most dear.

  • Deacons: Leading Churches Into Pure and Undefiled Religion

    The role of deacons is critical to the ministry of the local church. However, for some time it has suffered from a poor image. In reformed circles the office is rightly seen as one of service and helps. But with the growth of church buildings and property, deacons are often viewed more as caretakers of property and less as caretakers of people.

  • When Mercy Falls Through the Cracks

    A church-based mercy ministry benefits not only those who receive help but also those who show mercy by blessing them with the heart of Christ for a needy world.

  • Pure Religion

    Since the first congregational meeting was called in first century Jerusalem to elect seven spiritually qualified men to serve as deacons and focus on deeds of mercy and kindness, the church has been committed to meeting the needs of those inside and outside the church.

  • Strike It Rich

    The prosperity of western culture generates several reactions and emotions. Greed is always a temptation, but so is the other side of the coin: fear of what might happen if prosperity ceases. Those who are eager to get rich face many dangers. They crave the material pleasures and possessions that the world has to offer.

  • Passing on the PCA Distinctives to the Next Generation

    I believe our greatest challenge at this moment in history is to demonstrate a commitment to our distinctives and a willingness to give one another room for diversity.

  • Turning Events into Opportunities

    The church must pull out all stops and do whatever needs to be done to reach the next generation with the truths of God. We have to go beyond the call of duty to communicate to our young people that we love and care for them.

  • Generosity: A Key in Stewardship

    We often lack a biblical world and life view when it comes to being good stewards of our time, spiritual gifts, and financial resources. Does your checkbook reveal dents in accumulation and consumption, or commitment and sacrifice?

  • Do I Know You?

    Most everybody talks about relational ministry. Yet relationships are so easy to miss because our agendas call for more important things. I’m embarrassed that I don’t know the names of some of the people in our little church. That creates an awkwardness that inhibits any attempt to go further. Think of the people … Continued

  • Telling the Story – Across Generations

    We must equip one another by sharing our indi

  • Legacy: Passing On What Really Matters

    By James E. Bordwine. The feeling of inad

  • Ho! Ho! What?

    By Mike Rasmussen. God has not commanded us to observe Christmas. But, if we do, how should we observe it?

  • Kidnapped! Survival In the Shadow of Death

    By Debra Evans. As difficult as it may seem, God enabled Leroy to feel what he describes as a wonderful calmness, an absence of fear in anticipation of seeing Jesus face to face.

  • There’s No Such Thing As An Ex-Grandparent

    By Dr. Thomas Whiteman. When most people think about divorce, they usually conjure up images of the embittered parents, the emotionally torn children, or maybe even the crafty legal posturing of the lawyers. Yet there is another drama that unfolds that we typically hear very little about. It is the plight of the par

  • Vacations: A Gift of Grace

    By Glen Van Andel. Christ regularly withdrew to be alone to pray and rest, to renew Himself for His min

  • Tattered Tom Versus Snow White: Two Gospels

    By James Sauer. The Bibleis a rags to riches story. It is the tale of despicable unfortunate wretches who have been lifted out of the sewer of life, and established into a royal family in the greatest of kingdoms.

  • Trusting God: Just Whose Money Is This Anyway?

    Prayerfully, we determined to: continue giving 10 percent of our gross income as the tithe; begin giv

  • The Skeleton in My Closets

    Simplicity, of course, extends beyond clothes to all areas. It dominates a whole approach to living. The food I serve while nourishing should never be excessive; my home while comfortable, never lavish; its atmosphere warm, never lux

  • The Covenant Family

    By Sharon Betters. Brian and Roberta had committed themselves to be witnesses to the power of Christ as they served in the military following Brian’s graduation from West Point. She cred

  • Noisy Quiet Times

    By Rebecca Jones. What happened to my quiet time? I’ve learned that my noisy “quiet times” are every bit as precious and honorable in God’s sight.

  • Reflection on Miscarriage

    By Dr. Dan Doriani. If abortion is murder, miscarriage is a death in the family. In times of distress we must recall that our Lord indeed reigns. But unwanted counsel has a fatal flaw; it seeks to interpret someone’s experience before they even know what that experience is.

  • Sermon: The Geography of Death

    By Dr. Robert S. Rayburn. The Christian will have Paul’s happy mind about death, when he shares Paul’s mind about life, and Paul states his mind plainly on that subject: for him, “to live is Christ.”

  • On the Higher Status of Dogs, Bikes, and Walks in the Park

    By Walter Wood, Jr. There seems to be some

  • Called to Display His Spendor

    By G. Carol Bomer. I not only know the excitement of the creative act-recreat

  • What Child is This?

    By Peggy Townes. Scenes from Jesus’ life began to flash across the jumbled screen of Mary’s mind. She remembered the time when Jesus went to his cousin John for baptism and the voice from Heaven bellowed the message that this was God’s Son.

  • The First Demon

    By Josiah Bancroft. This was my first encounter with a physical evidence of the demonic realm, but it has not been my last. I have wrestled with all this. Was this just a cultural thing? Was Larry “programmed” by hearsay or crazy TV reli

  • In The World

    By Lee Taylor. Life is not easy. The commandments of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eye. Linda took a courageous stand on God’s Word. And she became a testi

  • The Runner

    By Miriam Gautier. Just running in races wasn’t enough -now I wanted to win! I started reading more, training harder and setting my sights on placing among the top winners in my division. My whole life changed. I was consumed with running.

  • New Ways for New Days

    Will the family survive? Will the Church survive? Christian traditionalists and boomers alike must understand how crucial it is to reach the busters with the biblical message of hope in Christ.

  • There is No Perfect Family

    By Dr. James Baird. The big wrecking ball was aimed and was attacking the structure and the columns of the building.That is exactly what is happening to the home life of America. We must be seriously concerned for the home and family because God is building everything upon the family.

  • Daddy Fik! ?

    By R. J. Gore, Jr. Filled with self-satisfaction, I gazed at my reflec

  • Dearest Ashley, Child of the Covenant

    By Joseph A.Pipa, Jr.Baptism reminds us that by nature we are dead in our sins and tres

  • Viewpoint

    By Mark Belz. Trial lawyers disagree on many things, but on some basic principles there is virtual unanimity. One of these has to do with the cross-examination of a witness: never ask “one question too many.” Are we to take Christ’s teaching here seriously, to think radically, to act obediently or not? But perhaps 1 have now asked one question too many-or one too hard to deal with.

  • Time for the Lord’s Work

    Herb Hollender shows us a life marked by service, all in an attitude of humility and graciousness. When we see the way in which the Lord has worked in his life, we can see part of the vision each of us can have in furthering the work of the Kingdom in our own small corners.

  • Mom Chisholm

    By Charles W. Anderson. Dad Chisholm was in a class by himself. An excellent manager and a superb surgeon, he was honored by being named to both the international College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. His main interest, however, was evange

  • In Defense of the Word “Laity”

    By Lee Taylor. It never fails! Just at the moment when the world adopts something from the church arena, we back away from it! Today we back away from the word “laity.”

  • Human Resources

    By Lee Taylor. Godly men and women are complex resources. They are definitely underutilized! But we must be careful with that term or we quickly buy into the prevailing world view.

  • Agony on the Cross

    By Dr. Nelson Perret. Familiarity with a subject often leads to a very superficial understanding of reality. It is important that Christians take time to reflect upon the emotional and physical suffering involved in the crucifixion.

  • Easter Train Coming

    By Bryan Chapell. Like the headlight of a train piercing the foggiest night, God’s vision penetrates the darkness we face. He sees the problems. He knows the pain. Year after year the Easter train comes. Each time it passes it roars anew Christ’s victory and our hope.

  • Taking Prayer Requests Seriously

    By Frank Barker. How seriously should we take prayer requests? If Jesus made a prayer request of you as he did of the three, would you take it seriously? Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these rny brethren, you did it unto me.”

  • Asking Others to Have Faith When We Didn’t Have

    By Kathryn Farris. They have dared to step out of the cultural mold to reach neighbors, friends and acquaintances with the message of salvation.

  • Adoption–Not Abortion: Exciting Vision-Tough Realities

    By Frederick T. Marsh. These voices argued that abortion would solve a lot of societal problems. Many were swayed to that way of thinking-perhaps the problem population of society could be reduced by abortion and the rest of us would be better off. Abortion has not solved problems. What can we do collectively as the Lord’s people?

  • The Gift of Giving

    By Calvin Miller. Gifts are more blessed to give than to get, says the cliche’. But gifts are seldom given so freely that they don’t result in some bondage.

  • Nurture

    By Bob Sweet. In our zeal to simplify and reduce things to easily remembered formulas, diagrams, acro

  • Your Child’s Self Image

    By Thomas A. Whiteman. For those of us who are parents, our greatest responsibility in life is to raise our children! An important ingredient in that formula is a proper view of self – to have a good self-image. When people don’t like themselves, they will have a distorted image of God and will have great difficulty loving other people.

  • What Does It Mean To Follow Jesus?

    The Bible makes clear that obedience has to do with relationships. Love God. Love my neighbor. And how do I show that love? By obeying what God has said.

  • Five Steps to Discipling Others

    By Russ Korth. The proof and value of discipleship is in the reproducing done by those you disciple.

  • “Good is bad . . . and bad is good!”

    By Bob Sweet. Our percep

  • I Am Proud of My Church

    By Donald E. Hoke. Are you proud of your church? Do you enjoy it, promote it, praise it, defend it? You should! For it is the one institution that Jesus Christ Himself established – it is the only eternal organization in the world. You will spend eternity with its mem

  • ACTS of Kindness: Mercy Ministry in Philadelphia

    By David and Kate Kiersten Apple. Philadelphia is a city of contrasts. There is wealth and there is poverty; there is joy and there is sorrow; there is laughter and there is mourning and the area surrounding Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia is a micro

  • First Aid for AIDS

    By Debbie Dortzbach. Like a boulder thrown into the calm waters of an alpine lake, the effects of AIDS are rippling to every edge of the worldwide church. As its influ

  • Discipleship in the Church Today

    By Carl W. Wilson. The matter of personal disciple building in the New Testament manner is also a major part of Christian education that has been neglected but desperately needed. This kind of ministry is hard work and is unappreciated in our world of present values. It is easy to produce spiritual babies, but raising them properly is the hard part.

  • The Necessary Motto for Life and Conduct: Give Thanks

    By George W. Mitchell. Our actions are born in our minds. The issues of life flow out of the heart (Proverbs 4:23). This is where the battle and struggle really begins, and it would appear that many of us are losing the fight. Do you have trouble with your actions, thoughts and words? Be imitators of God and love as Christ has loved you!

  • The Love of God and Evangelism

    By D. Clair Davis. Then you can share the Gospel of the Lord’s free salvation without gears clashing in your heart. All you’ve learned about living out of Christ’s love will give you the why for sharing your faith. Sharing the Gospel still won’t be easy for you, but it won’t be a burden.

  • The Promise of the Cross

    By Faythe A. Dobbs. Promise, in one sense, is an agreement to do (or not do) something. Because of the cross and Christ’s work there, I can put my trust in Him.I agree to join in covenant relationship with Him. Promise, in another sense, means to give a basis for expectation. What can we expect as a result of the cross for our lives?

  • Building a Case in Prayer

    By Richard Pratt. God has invited us to build a case before Him in prayer. Instead of simply ask

  • Adjustment after the Death of a Spouse

    Even though we know God is sov

  • Ministering to the Divorced

    By Tom Jones. Silence is not support. It is wrong to assume that the divorced person would rather not talk about it or that if you brought up the subject you would only be making things worse. Divorced people already feel like lepers because friends no longer want to talk to them. If you will not talk, you increase the silence surrounding the divorced and drive them more deeply into a sense of isolation.

  • Ministering to the Never-Married Single Adult

    By Walter Wood. They represent the majority of the single-adult population in churches with over 500 people. They also represent the most energetic and available source of ministry in the church in America today. They usually have more energy and less responsibility than any other adult group in the church. A church that fails to aggressively minister to its singles and fails to strategically seek to reach unchurched singles is missing an opportunity and a significant responsibility.

  • Ministry to Single Adults: The Need

    By Bob Burns. We must not stick our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich while cry

  • Developing a Christian Mind

    Obviously education is aimed at people. It is doing something to them and with them in such a way that certain things will result – knowledge, skills and values. If the PCA is going to have the long-range impact on the world that I believe God wants us to have, we not only have to call men to faith in Christ and repentance of sin, but we also have to be discipled to have a Christian mind.

  • Can We Wait Any Longer?

    ByFrank Brock. Developing the Christian mind begins with knowledge of the Bible, but it does not end there.At Covenant we believe that good educa

  • Mission Accomplished? When? How?

    By Sidney Anderson. You just don’t wake up one morning in a village of the Tiv Tribe of Nigeria by accident! It was the fulfillment of years of planning and waiting for the Lord’s leading. The numbers are not the main category, but have you ever been to a Christian event attended by 30,000 people? I have. It is breathtaking! Especially when you realize that the devil has had this entire tribe in his clutches for hundreds of years.

  • Eyeglasses and a College Education: The Significance of a Christian World View

    By Dr. Donovan Graham. Living by the wrong world view is the same as putting on the wrong eyeglasses; it can lead to disaster. Faculty members who teach students at the college level are either God’s agents seeking to grind lenses that will enable students to see the world truthfully, or they are agents of the enemy seeking to grind lenses that will lead to distortion.

  • The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

    By Linleigh Roberts. Because Jesus of Nazareth was God in the flesh, He cannot be readily dismissed; the appearance of God in history demands an explanation.

  • The Wise Men and Their Search

    By Frank Barker. In their study of the stars they had seen a most unusual star. They understood that it was indica

  • ‘Preparing the Ground’

    By Mary Lou Bonsack. We were able to do something that prepared the ground for the plant

  • Church Planting as a Key Missions Strategy

    By J. Philip Clark. We have had – in our brief existence – some success in planting congregations at points of need. While we will not depreciate our strategic planning, success is in some measure due to godly church members moving with the population shift, finding no satisfactory church in the new location, and calling for help to establish a church in their new neighborhood.

  • Economic Trends and Their Impact on Missiology

    Traditional meth

  • The Church: Witnessing Force or Mere Sending Agency?

    By Les Thompson. A missionary is one sent out, commissioned by his homeland church to go to some other land to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and establish the Church of our Lord Jesus with all the detail that involves – teaching the Scriptures, Biblical doc

  • “Harvest”: Offering Freedom in Christ

    By Sharon Kraemer. The Harvest fact sheet describes the basic minis

  • Ministers of Mercy: God’s Walking Wounded

    By Fred Marsh. This is mercy. This is God’s calling to me. I am proud to be among the walking wounded – proud that God would see fit to rescue me from my arrogance enough to make me realize that, contrary to the popular saying, God helps those who cannot help themselves. The greater the need, the greater is God’s mercy made available to that individual.

  • Parenting by Grace – Part 1

    By James M. Hatch, Jr. I’m overwhelmed with what I consider to be a biblical theology of parenting. I’m truly con

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ

    By Roger R. Nicole. We must therefore, be careful to use the Scrip

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ – Part 2

    By Roger R. Nicole. When we are sure that our outward approach is proper, we need secondly to safeguard the inward benefits of controversy. We need to ask the ques

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us – Part 1

    By Roger R. Nicole. We disagree in some areas of Christian doctrine. We disagree as to some of the details of church administration. We disagree as to the way in which certain tasks of the church should be pursued. Who does not encounter from time to time people who are not in complete agreement; therefore, it is good to seek to discover certain basic principles whereby we may relate to those who differ from us.

  • Missions Have Come Home to America

    By Terry Gyger. Of the four and one-half million Hispanics in Los Angeles, less than one-half of one percent are evangelical. This means that most Latin cities have more believers than exist in Hispanic Los Angeles.

  • Planning for Praise

    Hen

  • Notable Assembly in Notable State

    Taking this year’s notable PCA event in stride is not likely to be a problem for Michigan, which is hoisting extra flags and doing additional celebrating of its own in 1987. The state is observ

  • Representing the Family

    Like apple pie and basketball, the family is an institution that few dare oppose. Attacks are subtle and oblique, usually. One of the public defenders of this basic unit of society is the “layper

  • Giving – More Than Money

    Dramatic and traumatic experi

  • Changing Destinations

    Senior flight attendants on major airlines go just about anywhere they want to go. Sometimes, however, they end up where they had not planned to be.

  • Trying the Book Case

    Losing once is not reason to quit. Ask Thomas 0. Kotouc, a lawyer who represented Mobile school authorities and the state of Alabama in the prayer case that went all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest tribunal told the Alabama schools that they couldn’t pray – even silently.

  • Planters Pick New ‘Paris’

    Most North Americans have heard of Timbuktu, but even if they think it’s more real than legendary they usually can’t find it on the map. Fewer are likely to be able to tell how to find Abidjan, where the newest Mission to the World church planting team is being established.

  • Quiet, Dependable

    Elevators, by design, are supposed to be quiet, dependable, and efficient. They attract little attention until they fail to perform as expected. Richard H. Ellingsworth doesn’t attract much attention, and those who know him well describe him as quiet, dependable, and efficient.

  • Aussies Get Spring During the U.S. Summer

    Thanks to seven summer (North American summer, that is) workers from the PCA’s Servants in Missions Abroad, the Buderim congregation of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on the Sunshine Coast experienced vitalization and growth. Elsewhere in Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland, two other SIMA summer workers helped new missionaries in Brisbane.

  • Answers to Prayer in 1536 and 1986

    Times are tumultuous. Interna

  • Spencer Line is Busy

    To many members of Birmingham’s Briarwood Church, he is the elder who taught them Reformation history in their first year as members there.Officials involved in utility rate-making in Alabama know him as the man from the telephone company who always had the right numbers.People active at the assembly level in the PCA know Spencer as a presbyter who has devoted countless hours to helping to build the denomination from its earliest days.

  • ‘Closed’ Countries Export Open Minds

    At a university in the States he’s learning a bit more than the leaders of his Islamic nation expect, however. In addition to his courses in math, sci

  • Doers, Not Hearers Only

    Nearly everybody goes to church in Upper East Tennessee. One widely cir

  • Tried and Tested Timer

    Precious metals are refined with fire. So are people. The Bible makes numerous references to such testing and purifying.

  • Philadelphia: Presbyterian Seedbed

    The first settled Presbyterian minis

  • Retirement: Time to Work

    Taking an occasional glance at his watch may seem natural for a man who worked for a railroad for 43 years helping to keep things on schedule. His ste

  • Koreans Keep Coming

    In the view of one school of missiologists, this isn’t all bad. They have a name for it: the homogeneous unit principle (HUP). One of the more remarkable applications of the principle among Protestants is taking place today in the Presbyterian Church in America. Thousands of immigrant Koreans have found homes in PCA congrega

  • Discipling And Drama

    Pageants and plays are often on the church schedule at Easter and Christ

  • PCA’s Globe-Trotters With Worn Passports

    When a PCA missionary went to a Communist nation early this year, it was not his first visit. Nor is it expected to be his last. He went without fanfare to help an existing evangelical denomination. That body invited him to speak at its annual meeting and to counsel with its ministers and their wives.

  • A Parish of Prisoners

    The English lady came to the United States more than 30 years ago as the bride of an American military officer she met while on a vacation in Spain. It was a very long way, both in miles and in culture, from her hometown, Leigh-on-Sea, just east of London, to Cleveland, Mississippi, where they lived. One of her discoveries was that just down the road was the much-maligned Mississippi prison farm, popularly known as Parchman.

  • Keeping Up With The Movers

    Church members who are loved and appreciated while present frequently are forgotten when they move to another community. Replacements are found to take over their respon

  • Counseling After the Crash

    I was returning from a two-week field train

  • Singing in Egyptian Jails

    The two PCA couples were living in the port city of Alexandria. They lived among Egyptians and not in an expatriate compound. The daily exposure to normal living situations helped them acquire the language. They made some friends in the neighborhood. They wanted to share their faith, but they knew what they could and could not do under Egyptian law.

  • Crushing Caricatures

    Kay James believes in what she is doing. Her fight to “change the law” is based on what she – and her church – believe. She’s comfortable working from within a denomination that stands for the Bible, a theology based on the “whole counsel of God” and thus for the “morals, values, and pro-family interests so important to us.”

Below you will find the archives for Seniors’ Ministry. If you’re looking for a particular article press Ctrl+F (Cmd+F on mac) and search for a word or phrase in the box that pops up in the right corner of your screen.

  • The Kingdom Misunderstood, Part 1

    I begin by introducing you to Bill and Mary Wright. Bill is a 34 year old husband and father of two children, Terry 10 and Susan 7. Mary is a stay at home mom and has home schooled her children for a couple years, though they are presently attending a Christian school that meets in their church. Bill and Mary are active church members and clearly demonstrate a love for the Lord that is obvious to others.

  • Please Don’t Ignore Us Seniors – Seniors’ Week

    Each church is urged to identify the week of September 12-17, 2011 as “Seniors’ Week.” Seize an opportunity to recognize this fast-growing portion of our population and in our church life. Commit that time and some creative energy to fulfilling the frequent Biblical command to “Honor elders.”

  • Targeting Comprehensive Christian Education

    It never ceases to amaze me that anywhere in the world you say “Christian Education” people automatically think Sunday school. Is this the only Christian education the church does? If it is, then we are in big trouble. Let me explain….

  • Senior Week Starts September 12, 2010

    Each year, CEP designates the Sunday after Labor Day as “Seniors’ Sunday.” It’s still not too late to plan an announcement recognizing that occasion at your services. The pastor might mention any of the many passages that command respect for seniors…

  • Training Seminars for Seniors Ministry

    Join with CEP in praying that renewed commitment to ministry among and by seniors will expand in our churches. Dr. George Fuller is available to conduct a training seminar in your area to this end.So, gather three (or more) people from each of several local churches to: 1. consider issues relating to senior life and ministry, 2. encourage ministry in local churches and communities and 3. emphasize ministry by seniors. Read more…

  • They Will Still Bear Fruit in Old Age

    Most books and articles about senior ministry focus on serving seniors and call us to help in meeting their needs. While this call is important and clear biblical imperatives call us to that ministry, most seniors do not have the pressing issues and disabilities that require mercy ministry. Few of our seniors are in nursing homes or severely disabled; and all of them, except perhaps those with advanced dementia, are capable of serving Jesus. What a great challenge and opportunity! All seniors must be challenged to honor the Lord in their lives and by their ministry. Some, perhaps many, indeed do so.

  • Senior Citizens’ Day – September 14, 2008

    How young people relate to older people and how the older relates to the younger is a good thermostat on the health and strength of a nation. It has been said by many that a lack of respect for the elderly is a sign of a nation in upheaval…

  • A Senior’s Ministry and Retirement

    Christian Education and Publications is beginning to fulfill an earlier assignment by the General Assembly to develop a program of ministry around senior citizens. They are the fastest growing segment of our population. For example, in 2000 there were 70,000 centenarians in the U.S. One year later the number jumped to 100,000 and by 2050 it is projected to reach 834,000.

  • An Exhortation to Rejoice in Old Age

    No one can ignore or remove the problems that old age brings. But Christians share God’s best in life, even in old age. Old age from a biblical perspective is life transformed, life renewed, life filled with blessings and opportunities.

  • A Better Way to Handle Abuse

    By Ken Sande. Sexual abuse in the church does not have to end in broken lives, agonizing lawsuits, and divided congregations. When people follow God’s instructions, these terrible incidents can result in healing, justice, and healthier churches.

  • Praying the Psalms

    By Archie Parrish. As we pray the Psalms, the Holy Spirit helps us commune with the Father, conform to the Son, and combat the devil.As sons and daughters in a conscious vital relationship with our Father and with His family in a local church, we can properly serve as soldiers in Christ’s army and gain victory in battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

  • Do I Know You?

    Relationships in the neighborhood, at the office, or at school are important. But if they don’t extend beyond the confines of that environment they have limited value. And the same is true of relationships at church. Hopefully, the believer will have friendships with some that extend beyond the confines of a church program.

  • The Cost of Love

    Are we willing to pay the price? That is a question that must be answered within the context of specific relationships. Can I love the son who has broken my heart? Can I love the student who I can’t seem to reach? Can I love the church member who seems to have so little to give to me? Or the neighbor who irritates me?

  • Not a Village, but a Church with a School

    By Robert Rogland. The Bible charges parents to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. But other Christians also have a measure of responsibility: When the Lord commanded his church to teach all nations, surely that included covenant children as well.

  • Theodicy: Understanding the Goodness of God in the Midst of Evil

    If God is good and all-powerful, why is there evil in his world? Is he really God? All-powerful? Good? Does he really rule his world? Where does he fit into the picture with all the bad things going on? And bottom line, we ask, How is it possible to reconcile the realities of life-sin, evil, and wickedness-with God’s all powerful and good rule? Theodicy is an attempt to justify and harmonize those things.

  • Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself

    As far as Americans living stateside are concerned, most Muslims are extremely approachable. They enjoy friendships and the giving and receiving of hospitality is a positive thing for them. Sadly, most expatriate Muslims who have been in the United States for five or ten years have never been inside a Christian’s home!

  • A Strategy for Evangelizing the Post Modern

    By William J. Larkin. Indeed, how can we communicate a gospel that is truly “good news” to the postmodern person (or any cultural being for that matter)? We must “exegete” the culture from the inside out. We must interpret the Scriptures at a metacultural level. Then, we must bring the two together in effective gospel communication.

  • Deacons: Leading Churches Into Pure and Undefiled Religion

    The role of deacons is critical to the ministry of the local church. However, for some time it has suffered from a poor image. In reformed circles the office is rightly seen as one of service and helps. But with the growth of church buildings and property, deacons are often viewed more as caretakers of property and less as caretakers of people.

  • When Mercy Falls Through the Cracks

    A church-based mercy ministry benefits not only those who receive help but also those who show mercy by blessing them with the heart of Christ for a needy world.

  • Pure Religion

    Since the first congregational meeting was called in first century Jerusalem to elect seven spiritually qualified men to serve as deacons and focus on deeds of mercy and kindness, the church has been committed to meeting the needs of those inside and outside the church.

  • Passing on the PCA Distinctives to the Next Generation

    I believe our greatest challenge at this moment in history is to demonstrate a commitment to our distinctives and a willingness to give one another room for diversity.

  • Telling the Story – Across Generations

    We must equip one another by sharing our indi

  • There’s No Such Thing As An Ex-Grandparent

    By Dr. Thomas Whiteman. When most people think about divorce, they usually conjure up images of the embittered parents, the emotionally torn children, or maybe even the crafty legal posturing of the lawyers. Yet there is another drama that unfolds that we typically hear very little about. It is the plight of the par

  • Trusting God: Just Whose Money Is This Anyway?

    Prayerfully, we determined to: continue giving 10 percent of our gross income as the tithe; begin giv

  • On the Higher Status of Dogs, Bikes, and Walks in the Park

    By Walter Wood, Jr. There seems to be some

  • New Ways for New Days

    Will the family survive? Will the Church survive? Christian traditionalists and boomers alike must understand how crucial it is to reach the busters with the biblical message of hope in Christ.

  • Mom Chisholm

    By Charles W. Anderson. Dad Chisholm was in a class by himself. An excellent manager and a superb surgeon, he was honored by being named to both the international College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. His main interest, however, was evange

  • Myths, Myopia and Maytags

    By Howard Eyrich. A necessary component in understanding aging is the demythologization of our cultural folklore about “old people.” Demythologization is a fancy way of saying that is important to investigate current assumptions about aging in our society and compare them with the facts. Furthermore, it means that our individual and collective behavior must be adjusted to the facts.

  • Old-Age Thoughts at Eighty-Eight

    By Matsu Crawford. The process of growing old has been going on since the first living thing appeared on Planet Earth. We should look upon it as a natural, inevitable process.

  • In Defense of the Word “Laity”

    By Lee Taylor. It never fails! Just at the moment when the world adopts something from the church arena, we back away from it! Today we back away from the word “laity.”

  • Human Resources

    By Lee Taylor. Godly men and women are complex resources. They are definitely underutilized! But we must be careful with that term or we quickly buy into the prevailing world view.

  • Taking Prayer Requests Seriously

    By Frank Barker. How seriously should we take prayer requests? If Jesus made a prayer request of you as he did of the three, would you take it seriously? Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these rny brethren, you did it unto me.”

  • The Gift of Giving

    By Calvin Miller. Gifts are more blessed to give than to get, says the cliche’. But gifts are seldom given so freely that they don’t result in some bondage.

  • Nurture

    By Bob Sweet. In our zeal to simplify and reduce things to easily remembered formulas, diagrams, acro

  • What Does It Mean To Follow Jesus?

    The Bible makes clear that obedience has to do with relationships. Love God. Love my neighbor. And how do I show that love? By obeying what God has said.

  • Five Steps to Discipling Others

    By Russ Korth. The proof and value of discipleship is in the reproducing done by those you disciple.

  • “Good is bad . . . and bad is good!”

    By Bob Sweet. Our percep

  • I Am Proud of My Church

    By Donald E. Hoke. Are you proud of your church? Do you enjoy it, promote it, praise it, defend it? You should! For it is the one institution that Jesus Christ Himself established – it is the only eternal organization in the world. You will spend eternity with its mem

  • ACTS of Kindness: Mercy Ministry in Philadelphia

    By David and Kate Kiersten Apple. Philadelphia is a city of contrasts. There is wealth and there is poverty; there is joy and there is sorrow; there is laughter and there is mourning and the area surrounding Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia is a micro

  • First Aid for AIDS

    By Debbie Dortzbach. Like a boulder thrown into the calm waters of an alpine lake, the effects of AIDS are rippling to every edge of the worldwide church. As its influ

  • Discipleship in the Church Today

    By Carl W. Wilson. The matter of personal disciple building in the New Testament manner is also a major part of Christian education that has been neglected but desperately needed. This kind of ministry is hard work and is unappreciated in our world of present values. It is easy to produce spiritual babies, but raising them properly is the hard part.

  • The Necessary Motto for Life and Conduct: Give Thanks

    By George W. Mitchell. Our actions are born in our minds. The issues of life flow out of the heart (Proverbs 4:23). This is where the battle and struggle really begins, and it would appear that many of us are losing the fight. Do you have trouble with your actions, thoughts and words? Be imitators of God and love as Christ has loved you!

  • Beginning a New Chapter

    By Sharon Kraemer. The Reads served on the Brazilian mission field for seventeen years, rearing their four children in both “the hinterland” and two large cities. From 1952-62 they were a part of the pioneer stage of church-planting in Brazil. Read was a counselor, youth director and rancher in addition to being an itinerant evan

  • The Love of God and Evangelism

    By D. Clair Davis. Then you can share the Gospel of the Lord’s free salvation without gears clashing in your heart. All you’ve learned about living out of Christ’s love will give you the why for sharing your faith. Sharing the Gospel still won’t be easy for you, but it won’t be a burden.

  • The Promise of the Cross

    By Faythe A. Dobbs. Promise, in one sense, is an agreement to do (or not do) something. Because of the cross and Christ’s work there, I can put my trust in Him.I agree to join in covenant relationship with Him. Promise, in another sense, means to give a basis for expectation. What can we expect as a result of the cross for our lives?

  • Building a Case in Prayer

    By Richard Pratt. God has invited us to build a case before Him in prayer. Instead of simply ask

  • Ministering to the Divorced

    By Tom Jones. Silence is not support. It is wrong to assume that the divorced person would rather not talk about it or that if you brought up the subject you would only be making things worse. Divorced people already feel like lepers because friends no longer want to talk to them. If you will not talk, you increase the silence surrounding the divorced and drive them more deeply into a sense of isolation.

  • Ministering to the Never-Married Single Adult

    By Walter Wood. They represent the majority of the single-adult population in churches with over 500 people. They also represent the most energetic and available source of ministry in the church in America today. They usually have more energy and less responsibility than any other adult group in the church. A church that fails to aggressively minister to its singles and fails to strategically seek to reach unchurched singles is missing an opportunity and a significant responsibility.

  • Ministry to Single Adults: The Need

    By Bob Burns. We must not stick our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich while cry

  • Developing a Christian Mind

    Obviously education is aimed at people. It is doing something to them and with them in such a way that certain things will result – knowledge, skills and values. If the PCA is going to have the long-range impact on the world that I believe God wants us to have, we not only have to call men to faith in Christ and repentance of sin, but we also have to be discipled to have a Christian mind.

  • Can We Wait Any Longer?

    ByFrank Brock. Developing the Christian mind begins with knowledge of the Bible, but it does not end there.At Covenant we believe that good educa

  • Mission Accomplished? When? How?

    By Sidney Anderson. You just don’t wake up one morning in a village of the Tiv Tribe of Nigeria by accident! It was the fulfillment of years of planning and waiting for the Lord’s leading. The numbers are not the main category, but have you ever been to a Christian event attended by 30,000 people? I have. It is breathtaking! Especially when you realize that the devil has had this entire tribe in his clutches for hundreds of years.

  • Eyeglasses and a College Education: The Significance of a Christian World View

    By Dr. Donovan Graham. Living by the wrong world view is the same as putting on the wrong eyeglasses; it can lead to disaster. Faculty members who teach students at the college level are either God’s agents seeking to grind lenses that will enable students to see the world truthfully, or they are agents of the enemy seeking to grind lenses that will lead to distortion.

  • Senior Citizens on the Frontlines

    By Lois Kyle. Missionaries go overseas to do some job that will take the Good News of Jesus Christ to those people. How desperately missionaries need more of you to be will

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us – Part 1

    By Roger R. Nicole. We disagree in some areas of Christian doctrine. We disagree as to some of the details of church administration. We disagree as to the way in which certain tasks of the church should be pursued. Who does not encounter from time to time people who are not in complete agreement; therefore, it is good to seek to discover certain basic principles whereby we may relate to those who differ from us.

  • Doers, Not Hearers Only

    Nearly everybody goes to church in Upper East Tennessee. One widely cir

  • Tried and Tested Timer

    Precious metals are refined with fire. So are people. The Bible makes numerous references to such testing and purifying.

Below you will find the archives for Women’s Ministry. If you’re looking for a particular article press Ctrl+F (Cmd+F on mac) and search for a word or phrase in the box that pops up in the right corner of your screen.

  • 2013 Women’s Love Gift: Ridge Haven

    Starting in 1974, women in the PCA have supported an annual love gift to promote denominational connectionalism and demonstrate our corporate helper-design as women in the church. The money is raised in various ways such as donations, fundraisers, etc. The Women's Love Gift has blessed committees and agencies such as MNA's Special Needs Ministries, MTW's … Continued

  • Called to Serve, Equipped to Lead

    Our emphasis is on teaching sound doctrine, providing transferable teaching tools, offering opportunities for relationship building, and strengthening regional and denominational connectedness, and equipping through seminars and affinity groupings.

  • CEP invites Women in Leadership to attend Annual Training Conference

    A Conference for PresWIC Leadership, Local Women’s Leadership, Bible Study Leadership, Directors of Women’s Ministries, and PCA Staff Women to equip them for kingdom ministries. Click for for more information.

  • 2012 Women’s Tuesday Program for General Assembly – Seminars

    Here you will find information about the women’s seminars being offered at the 2012 General Assembly being held in Louisville, Kentucky. Check back for updates.

  • 2012 Women’s Wednesday Program for General Assembly – Tim Lane

    Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D. Min. Tim is Executive Director and faculty member at CCEF and has been counseling for more than 25 years. He has previous experience in both campus and pastoral ministry, including serving as a PCA pastor for ten years in Clemson, SC.

  • 2012 WIC Love Gift

    The 2012 WIC Love Gift goes to Mission to the World and will be used to fund the Gonaive’s Children’s Home in Haiti. The gift will be used to purchase land, construction costs, and training and recruiting workers.

  • 2,000 Participants Gather in Atlanta of the Amazing Grace 360 Conference

    With the confusion abroad about “grace” the conference sought to present a program that would encourage and enable the participants to understand the “it is all about God” who is a God of grace and mercy. That theme was carried throughout the conference with Nancy Guthrie leading the plenary sessions unfolding the whole story of: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation (covered by Brian Habig mentioned below). Her messages were clear and set the stage for the more than 30 seminars on different aspects of the whole story.

  • 2011 WIC Love Gift – Covenant Theological Seminary

    This year’s recipient of the Women in the Church Love Gift is Covenant Theological Seminary. Learn about the Seminary’s plan as they focus on preparing pastors to lead God’s people for today and tomorrow.

  • 2,000 Participants Gather in Atlanta for the Amazing Grace 360 Conference

    With the confusion abroad about “grace” the conference sought to present a program that would encourage and enable the participants to understand the “it is all about God” who is a God of grace and mercy. That theme was carried throughout the conference with Nancy Guthrie leading the plenary sessions unfolding the whole story of: creation, the fall, redemption, and consummation (covered by Brian Habig mentioned below).

  • Amazing Grace 360 – An Invitation from Susan Phillis

    This fall there is a perfect opportunity for you to attend a weekend planned just for you – a woman in the church. Amazing Grace 360 is thePCA’s International Women’s Conference, to be held October 7-9, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • The Kingdom Misunderstood, Part 1

    I begin by introducing you to Bill and Mary Wright. Bill is a 34 year old husband and father of two children, Terry 10 and Susan 7. Mary is a stay at home mom and has home schooled her children for a couple years, though they are presently attending a Christian school that meets in their church. Bill and Mary are active church members and clearly demonstrate a love for the Lord that is obvious to others.

  • Featured Seminars from the Women’s International Conference

    Ashley Belknap and Sherry Lanier share their heart and go into what they will be offering at Amazing Grace 360, the 2011 Women’s International Women’s Conference

  • Announcing: Amazing Grace 360 – PCA International Women’s Conference

    Since CEP hosted the 2006 International Women in the Church Conference with over 4000 women in attendance we have been repeatedly asked, “When will you host the next one?” After much prayer and discussion, we are ready to announce another CEP Conference for PCA women, ages 13 years and up.

  • Shaping a Community of Grace Today for a Stronger Church Tomorrow

    “The Lord has changed me in numerous ways. One of the most significant of those is how he has given me a much greater appreciation of my need for other people and the corporate nature of the gospel.” – Doug Kothe

  • Jack Scott, January 2, 1928 – June 13, 2011

    Former PCA pastor and CEP writer and teacher goes to be with our Lord on June 13, 2011…

  • Meet the Seminar Speakers

    Meet the seminar speakers that will be presenting at the 39th PCA General Assembly in Virginia Beach.

  • Wednesday and Thursday Women’s Programs

    Information about the program being offered for women during the 39th General Assembly of the PCA to be held in Virginia Beach.

  • Targeting Comprehensive Christian Education

    It never ceases to amaze me that anywhere in the world you say “Christian Education” people automatically think Sunday school. Is this the only Christian education the church does? If it is, then we are in big trouble. Let me explain….

  • A Warm Welcome to the Women’s Leadership Training Conference First-Time Attendees

    Will 2011 be your first time to attend a Women’s Leadership training conference? Read these welcomes from two former leadership women.

  • Suggested LT Reading List

    The following resoureces are recommended in preparation for the 2011 Women’s Leadership Training Conference. Use these resources to begin focusing on LT now…

  • Dory, Optical Illusions, and the 2010 WIC Love Gift

    By Steph Hubach. Over the years, our family has established a funny pattern of associating different people we know with characters in movies that we watch. This all started with my youngest son Tim, who has Down syndrome. When he was little, as a movie progressed, we’d all wait for him to identity the “who’s who” of that particular film…

  • 2010 WIC Love Gift FAQs

    Find answers to all your questions about the 2010 WIC Love Gift for Mission to North America’s Special Needs Ministry.

  • Where’s Steph?

    Asking “Where can I find Steph Hubach” is kind of like asking “Where’s Waldo?” While Steph usually has a pretty busy speaking schedule in the fall, this year, she’s busy filming a 13-week DVD series on her book Same Lake, Different Boat for inclusion in the Gospel and Disability Educational Gift Packs.

  • PCA Women’s Ministry pillar–Georgia Settle–goes to be with the Lord

    Georgia Settle, wife of first CEP Coordinator, TE Paul Settle and the first Coordinatorof theWomen In the Church ministry in the PCA, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 19, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Susan Hunt and Barbara Thompson write, “Wehave watched her move from life season to life season with grace and dignity. She journied from strength to strength. The threads of Georgia’s life are woven throughoutour lives and is part and parcel of who we are in Christ.”

  • 38th General Assembly – A Woman’s Perspective!

    The location was Nashville, a city filled with history and music, rebounding from a disastrous flood. The hosts were the nineteen churches of Nashville Presbytery who prepared for the PCA family with a concert of prayer and planning.

  • Training for Titus 2 Discipleship Group Leaders

    A training resource for group leaders using the Titus 2 Discipleship material.

  • Let Me Be a Woman

    The phrase “let me be a woman” provocatively incites preconceived ideas of what kind of woman one is to be. The onslaught of feminist culture brazenly takes hold of our daughters and persuasively tells them, “Why shouldn’t you use your gifts and be rewarded? You deserve pleasure, prestige, money, and power!” Read more…

  • Connecting Your Local Church to Denominational Opportunities

    Please be aware of the following dates, events, and information as you plan your ministry year. Pass these on to the various ministries within your local church that would profit from these training and resource opportunities.

  • 2010 WIC Love Gift Update

    I love this picture of Ellie Bennett! And I think you will too. Please let me tell you why…

  • Women in the Church: Kingdom Building Ministries

    Looking for an area of service or outreach in which your church’s women’s ministries or PresWIC can be involved? This page focuses on activities that others have done that can be adapted and used by your women.

  • Points of Connection, A Case Study

    A case study on how women’s Ministry was Re-built by applying Women’s Ministry Biblical Leadership Training principles.

  • 2010 General Assembly Women’s Program

    Take a look at the programs and activities available for women attending this year’s General Assembly in Nashville, TN.

  • Looking Through the Rear-view Mirror: How Can you Know Where You are Going if You Don’t Know Where You Have Been?

    Believing that present and future generations need to know what God has been doing in the PCA’s ministry to women, the most recent edition of the PCA’s Women’s Ministry Resource Quarterly introduces a new look and an opportunity to share more information by using the web [...]

  • Warrior PresWIC: Building a Strong Ministry of Honoring, Supporting and Encouraging Pastor’s Wives in Their Presbytery

    Warrior Presbytery covers West Central Alabama and consists of 24 churches, many of them with small congregations and most of which are not geographically close to any other sister PCA church. However, distance does not hinder the service and fellowship of the Warrior PresWIC women [...]

  • Great Expectations and Gospel Realities – Part 2

    By Ashley Hall. In the last Resource Quarterly, Ashley Hall began setting the stage for us, as to why the conversation about intergenerational relationships is important. In this issue, we would like to continue the conversation with a few more specific questions about those relationships and their importance in women’s ministry.

  • Titus 2 Small Group Ministry Model

    The Titus mandate was given to the pastor of the church. Paul instructed Titus to equip older women in the congregation for the ministry of training younger women. This discipleship is to take place within the context of sound doctrine and under ecclesiastical authority. The commitment, oversight and protection of church leadership are biblical and essential.

  • Women’s Leadership Training 2010

    Read all about this year’s conference that took place in Atlanta, February 25-27. Over 250 women attending the conference and Jerram Barrs from Covenant Seminary gave three messages on Ruth…

  • 2010 Women in the Church Love Gift

    From the earliest days of the PCA, women cared for and supported our new denomination through the annual Women in the Church Love Gift Offering. To date, $2,759,829have been given as God has used women in the church to love and support the ministries of the PCA.

    The 2010 WIC Love Gift goes to MNA’s Special Needs Ministries. Click here to find out more about this year’s Love Gift.

  • The Women in the Church Love Gift

    From the earliest days of the PCA, women cared for and supported our new denomination through the annual Women in the Church Love Gift Offering. To date, $2,759,829have been given as God has used women in the church to love and support the ministries of the PCA. Click here to read more…

  • Three-year discipleship curriculum for teen girls

    This three-year discipleship curriculum for teen girls teaches foundational principles of biblical womanhood-and so much more. It’s distinguishing characteristic is an emphasis on seeing all of Scripture and all of life from a gospel perspective.

  • 2009 Administrative Committee Women in the Church Love Gift

    It is not too late to promote the 2009 Love Gift! Donations for the 2009 Love Gift recipient, the Administration Committee will be collected until May 2010. To order a DVD/video and bulletin inserts for your church (free of charge), contact the CEP Bookstore at 1.800.283.1357 or www.pcaac.org/lovegift. Read this article to find out more about the WIC Love Gift.

  • Equip Women to Disciple & Women’s Ministry Resource Quarterly Archive

    Find all the previous issues of Equip Women to Disciple (formerly Women’s Ministry Resource Quarterly). All publications are in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view them.

  • Seven Things to Remember When You Invite an Event Speaker

    Tara Klena Barthel writes about seeing things through the eyes of a speaker and helping churches to be more zealous to plan and serve invited speakers well!

  • Regional Training and Equipping – A Call to Connectedness

    Thisis a PresWIC council that understands the theological and covenantal purpose of women’s ministry. Note the purpose and planning that models connectedness among the churches of Tennessee Valley PresWIC.

  • Singled Out by God for Good: At What Age is One Officially ‘Single’?

    By Paige Benton. This article originally appeared inthe Spring 1998 issue of the WIC Resource Letter and concludes with a helpful Q&A section. At the time, Paige was single and wrote this Theological perspective of “singleness” and challenges women to understand their calling to live in covenantal relationships–whether single or married.

  • Great Expectations and Gospel Realities — Part I

    Howcan weget the younger generation of women to begin being involved and committed to women’s ministry in such a way that would bring older and younger into the same room, serving God for His glory, and building friendships with one another. After all, we need one another…but do we really understand one another?

  • Intergenerational Relationships… Crossing the Great Divide

    The Great Divide. I looked it up in Webster’s Dictionary and here’s what I learned: “The Great Divide is the name given to the principal, and largely mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from those river systems which drain into the Atlantic Ocean.” Unfortunately, I am geologically challenged and I have no idea what that means…except that it’s a bunch of mountains with water running among them that separate that water from other water. Clear?

  • WIC 101: Women In the Church in the PCA

    WIC Resources Visit the PCA CE Bookstorewww.cepbookstore.com or call 1-800-283-1357 to order materials or to receive a complete catalog with prices and descriptions. WIC Ministry to Teens VISION: For Women In the Church to help cultivate a nurturing environment which will attract girls inside and outside the church in order to teach them the joy … Continued

  • WIC 101: Women In the Church in the PCA

    WIC Core Curriculum Q. What is it?A. The WIC Core Curriculum is written for the specific purpose of teaching a biblical philosophy of womanhood and some of the corporate implications of that philosophy. These corporate implications give definition and focus to a women’s ministry in a local church. One implication is that woman’s helper design … Continued

  • Women in the Church Trainers

    CEP has assembled seven women who are gifted trainers who canhelp the women in your church realize a Biblical perspective of their relationship with Christ, their family and the church. They will challenge and train women to understand their helper design, cultivate community and engage in life-changing ministries.

  • Leadership Role of Directors of Women’s Ministries

    Aware of the growing number and significant leadership role of Directors of Women’s Ministries in local PCA churches, CEP continues to provide a defined fellowship aimed at equipping these women for ministries that unite with an overall Christian education and discipleship focus. Nate Shurden, teaching elder at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi, was the speaker at the 2009 gathering.

  • The Birth of a Titus 2 Ministry

    Intentionalabout living in relationship with other women and connected in a vital way with other women —- this is the way God has made us as women. This is Titus 2 ministry!

  • 2009 Women’s Leadership Training Conference

    For the first time, CEP took the Women in the Church leadership Conference on the road. It was truly a mountain top experience as over two hundred women traveled to Lookout Mountain, Georgia. March 10-12, 2009, to the PCA’s Covenant College.

    PresWIC, Bible study, and local women’s ministries leaders, including PCA staff women, gathered to be equipped corporately and individually for kingdom ministry. They were part of this annual CEP event that trains leaders to pass on their training in order that every woman know Christ personally and be committed to extending His kingdom in her life, home, church, community, and throughout the world.

  • Declaring and Demonstrating the Love of God

    A Unique Women’s Conference/Work Project after Hurricane Katrina —- an example of a local church serving with truth and compassion.

  • Overture 9

    The 36th General Assembly, after many hours of committee and floor debate, answered Overture 9 in the negative, declining to establish a study committee. This action was taken in spite of a minority report that attempted to persuade the assembly to answer in the affirmative. As the coordinator of Christian Education and Publications, under whose oversight the Women in the Church is positioned in the PCA, a number of people have asked my opinion on the issue.

  • 2008 Women in the Church Love Gift: An Opprtunity to Touch Your Future

    Since the founding of the PCA, the Women in the Church have played a vital role in supporting the ministries of the various committees and agencies. Each year, a Love Gift presentation has been prepared and made available from the Christian Education and Publications office highlighting the particular project for the year’s designated offering. Contributions are sent to CEP’s Love Gift Fund during the year and presented to the receiving agency or committee at the annual WIC Leadership Conference dinner.

  • 2008 Women in the Church Leadership Training Conference

    As the PCA grows, so do the opportunities for women in the church! The annual equipping event Christian Education and Publications provides for women in the church is the Leadership Training Conference. It is thrilling to see the great interest and diversity of age and regions that mark the attendees. The focus of Leadership 2008 was “The Big Picture: Our Purpose and Privilege,” with women from twenty-six states and two Canadian provinces in attendance.

  • Biblical Discipleship

    The strategy for this purpose, and for all of Christian education, is found in the Titus 2 Mandate, given to the pastor of the church. Biblical discipleship is rooted in God’s Word, sharing life-on-life and precept-upon-precept. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be reviled.

  • Suggested WIC Studies of 2007-08

    A great list of books and studies to use in women’s ministries recommended by CEP staff.

  • Interview with Charles Dunahoo on Women’s Ministry

    Listen as Barbara Thompson interviews Charles Dunahoo on women’s ministry in the PCA. This interview occured at the Women’s Leadership Training Conference in Atlanta heldMarch 2006.

  • God’s Faithfulness, Generation to Generation

    Christian Education and Publications oversees and coordinates the women’s ministry known as Women in the Church. WIC has been a vital part of our ministry since the beginning of the PCA. Many things have and are happening as a result of this ministry. In 2006 CEP sponsored the WIC International Conference. The following is an interview with Jane Patete, coordinator of the WIC ministry. Her vision and leadership have were one of the keys in the ’06 conference as well as WIC’s effectiveness in our overall ministry.

  • Women in the Church Logo

    Read the history and rationale for the Women in the Church logo. Samples are available for reproduction on your church’s website and women’s ministry publications.

  • What Would Jesus Do?

    Suffice it to say that it is in the church that we ought to learn what it means to be messengers of grace wherever we are. It is in this context that we are to make disciples. We have the great privilege of self consciously bringing the influence of God’s kingdom to a society dimly aware of his nature and purposes.

  • A Time to Evaluate

    A teacher hasn’t taught until the student has learned. With the gospel, learning is used by the Spirit to produce change – in our thinking, our desires, and our activities. So it makes sense to see what the product looks like. It also makes sense to assess the perceived impact our efforts have made.

  • A Better Way to Handle Abuse

    By Ken Sande. Sexual abuse in the church does not have to end in broken lives, agonizing lawsuits, and divided congregations. When people follow God’s instructions, these terrible incidents can result in healing, justice, and healthier churches.

  • Praying the Psalms

    By Archie Parrish. As we pray the Psalms, the Holy Spirit helps us commune with the Father, conform to the Son, and combat the devil.As sons and daughters in a conscious vital relationship with our Father and with His family in a local church, we can properly serve as soldiers in Christ’s army and gain victory in battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

  • Do I Know You?

    Relationships in the neighborhood, at the office, or at school are important. But if they don’t extend beyond the confines of that environment they have limited value. And the same is true of relationships at church. Hopefully, the believer will have friendships with some that extend beyond the confines of a church program.

  • The Cost of Love

    Are we willing to pay the price? That is a question that must be answered within the context of specific relationships. Can I love the son who has broken my heart? Can I love the student who I can’t seem to reach? Can I love the church member who seems to have so little to give to me? Or the neighbor who irritates me?

  • Not a Village, but a Church with a School

    By Robert Rogland. The Bible charges parents to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. But other Christians also have a measure of responsibility: When the Lord commanded his church to teach all nations, surely that included covenant children as well.

  • Theodicy: Understanding the Goodness of God in the Midst of Evil

    If God is good and all-powerful, why is there evil in his world? Is he really God? All-powerful? Good? Does he really rule his world? Where does he fit into the picture with all the bad things going on? And bottom line, we ask, How is it possible to reconcile the realities of life-sin, evil, and wickedness-with God’s all powerful and good rule? Theodicy is an attempt to justify and harmonize those things.

  • Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself

    As far as Americans living stateside are concerned, most Muslims are extremely approachable. They enjoy friendships and the giving and receiving of hospitality is a positive thing for them. Sadly, most expatriate Muslims who have been in the United States for five or ten years have never been inside a Christian’s home!

  • A Strategy for Evangelizing the Post Modern

    By William J. Larkin. Indeed, how can we communicate a gospel that is truly “good news” to the postmodern person (or any cultural being for that matter)? We must “exegete” the culture from the inside out. We must interpret the Scriptures at a metacultural level. Then, we must bring the two together in effective gospel communication.

  • QUESTIONS?!

    Unanswered questions don’t go away, especially the ones never raised, never addressed.Our thinking needs to be challenged. Our values, even those we cherish the most, need to be evaluated. Our faith must be examined lest we find ourselves losing that which we claim is most dear.

  • Deacons: Leading Churches Into Pure and Undefiled Religion

    The role of deacons is critical to the ministry of the local church. However, for some time it has suffered from a poor image. In reformed circles the office is rightly seen as one of service and helps. But with the growth of church buildings and property, deacons are often viewed more as caretakers of property and less as caretakers of people.

  • When Mercy Falls Through the Cracks

    A church-based mercy ministry benefits not only those who receive help but also those who show mercy by blessing them with the heart of Christ for a needy world.

  • Pure Religion

    Since the first congregational meeting was called in first century Jerusalem to elect seven spiritually qualified men to serve as deacons and focus on deeds of mercy and kindness, the church has been committed to meeting the needs of those inside and outside the church.

  • Strike It Rich

    The prosperity of western culture generates several reactions and emotions. Greed is always a temptation, but so is the other side of the coin: fear of what might happen if prosperity ceases. Those who are eager to get rich face many dangers. They crave the material pleasures and possessions that the world has to offer.

  • Serving in the Church: Prison Term or Delight?

    Volunteering in your church’s educational or women’s ministry doesn’t have to be a prison term. CE/P has three groups of trainers that can help you recapture your vision, supplement your efforts to encourage your co-laborers, and help set up a means for ongoing support.

  • Passing on the PCA Distinctives to the Next Generation

    I believe our greatest challenge at this moment in history is to demonstrate a commitment to our distinctives and a willingness to give one another room for diversity.

  • Biblical Foundations for Womanhood Bible Study Series

    Written by author Susan Hunt, this Bible Study series teaches the Bible from a covenantal perspective recognizes that a women’s Bible study does not stand alone. It is to be a part of the entire discipleship ministry of a local church.

  • Turning Events into Opportunities

    The church must pull out all stops and do whatever needs to be done to reach the next generation with the truths of God. We have to go beyond the call of duty to communicate to our young people that we love and care for them.

  • Generosity: A Key in Stewardship

    We often lack a biblical world and life view when it comes to being good stewards of our time, spiritual gifts, and financial resources. Does your checkbook reveal dents in accumulation and consumption, or commitment and sacrifice?

  • Biblical Foundations for Womanhood

    This series of booksis a proven starting point for building a women’s ministry that’s driven by more than just events, projects, or personalities.It is a foundation for a women’s ministry driven by the Word of God. Each of the five books is practical, proven, and biblically based. And a separate Leader’s Guide is available for each title to help make the study a meaningful experience for every woman in your church.

  • Do I Know You?

    Most everybody talks about relational ministry. Yet relationships are so easy to miss because our agendas call for more important things. I’m embarrassed that I don’t know the names of some of the people in our little church. That creates an awkwardness that inhibits any attempt to go further. Think of the people … Continued

  • Telling the Story – Across Generations

    We must equip one another by sharing our indi

  • Women in the Church Officers Installation Questions

    A suggested pattern for localchurches to use when installing Women in the Church officers. Contains questions for both officers and women in the congregation.

  • Legacy: Passing On What Really Matters

    By James E. Bordwine. The feeling of inad

  • Ho! Ho! What?

    By Mike Rasmussen. God has not commanded us to observe Christmas. But, if we do, how should we observe it?

  • Kidnapped! Survival In the Shadow of Death

    By Debra Evans. As difficult as it may seem, God enabled Leroy to feel what he describes as a wonderful calmness, an absence of fear in anticipation of seeing Jesus face to face.

  • There’s No Such Thing As An Ex-Grandparent

    By Dr. Thomas Whiteman. When most people think about divorce, they usually conjure up images of the embittered parents, the emotionally torn children, or maybe even the crafty legal posturing of the lawyers. Yet there is another drama that unfolds that we typically hear very little about. It is the plight of the par

  • Vacations: A Gift of Grace

    By Glen Van Andel. Christ regularly withdrew to be alone to pray and rest, to renew Himself for His min

  • Tattered Tom Versus Snow White: Two Gospels

    By James Sauer. The Bibleis a rags to riches story. It is the tale of despicable unfortunate wretches who have been lifted out of the sewer of life, and established into a royal family in the greatest of kingdoms.

  • Trusting God: Just Whose Money Is This Anyway?

    Prayerfully, we determined to: continue giving 10 percent of our gross income as the tithe; begin giv

  • The Skeleton in My Closets

    Simplicity, of course, extends beyond clothes to all areas. It dominates a whole approach to living. The food I serve while nourishing should never be excessive; my home while comfortable, never lavish; its atmosphere warm, never lux

  • The Covenant Family

    By Sharon Betters. Brian and Roberta had committed themselves to be witnesses to the power of Christ as they served in the military following Brian’s graduation from West Point. She cred

  • Noisy Quiet Times

    By Rebecca Jones. What happened to my quiet time? I’ve learned that my noisy “quiet times” are every bit as precious and honorable in God’s sight.

  • Reflection on Miscarriage

    By Dr. Dan Doriani. If abortion is murder, miscarriage is a death in the family. In times of distress we must recall that our Lord indeed reigns. But unwanted counsel has a fatal flaw; it seeks to interpret someone’s experience before they even know what that experience is.

  • Sermon: The Geography of Death

    By Dr. Robert S. Rayburn. The Christian will have Paul’s happy mind about death, when he shares Paul’s mind about life, and Paul states his mind plainly on that subject: for him, “to live is Christ.”

  • On the Higher Status of Dogs, Bikes, and Walks in the Park

    By Walter Wood, Jr. There seems to be some

  • Called to Display His Spendor

    By G. Carol Bomer. I not only know the excitement of the creative act-recreat

  • What Child is This?

    By Peggy Townes. Scenes from Jesus’ life began to flash across the jumbled screen of Mary’s mind. She remembered the time when Jesus went to his cousin John for baptism and the voice from Heaven bellowed the message that this was God’s Son.

  • The First Demon

    By Josiah Bancroft. This was my first encounter with a physical evidence of the demonic realm, but it has not been my last. I have wrestled with all this. Was this just a cultural thing? Was Larry “programmed” by hearsay or crazy TV reli

  • In The World

    By Lee Taylor. Life is not easy. The commandments of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eye. Linda took a courageous stand on God’s Word. And she became a testi

  • The Runner

    By Miriam Gautier. Just running in races wasn’t enough -now I wanted to win! I started reading more, training harder and setting my sights on placing among the top winners in my division. My whole life changed. I was consumed with running.

  • New Ways for New Days

    Will the family survive? Will the Church survive? Christian traditionalists and boomers alike must understand how crucial it is to reach the busters with the biblical message of hope in Christ.

  • There is No Perfect Family

    By Dr. James Baird. The big wrecking ball was aimed and was attacking the structure and the columns of the building.That is exactly what is happening to the home life of America. We must be seriously concerned for the home and family because God is building everything upon the family.

  • Daddy Fik! ?

    By R. J. Gore, Jr. Filled with self-satisfaction, I gazed at my reflec

  • Dearest Ashley, Child of the Covenant

    By Joseph A.Pipa, Jr.Baptism reminds us that by nature we are dead in our sins and tres

  • Viewpoint

    By Mark Belz. Trial lawyers disagree on many things, but on some basic principles there is virtual unanimity. One of these has to do with the cross-examination of a witness: never ask “one question too many.” Are we to take Christ’s teaching here seriously, to think radically, to act obediently or not? But perhaps 1 have now asked one question too many-or one too hard to deal with.

  • Make A Difference!

    By Barbara Thompson. As I consider the questions and the touted answers, I have become convinced that women in the PCA should be pacesetters in this decade. Two distinctives of our denomination-a biblical world and life view and a biblical frame

  • Mom Chisholm

    By Charles W. Anderson. Dad Chisholm was in a class by himself. An excellent manager and a superb surgeon, he was honored by being named to both the international College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. His main interest, however, was evange

  • In Defense of the Word “Laity”

    By Lee Taylor. It never fails! Just at the moment when the world adopts something from the church arena, we back away from it! Today we back away from the word “laity.”

  • Human Resources

    By Lee Taylor. Godly men and women are complex resources. They are definitely underutilized! But we must be careful with that term or we quickly buy into the prevailing world view.

  • Agony on the Cross

    By Dr. Nelson Perret. Familiarity with a subject often leads to a very superficial understanding of reality. It is important that Christians take time to reflect upon the emotional and physical suffering involved in the crucifixion.

  • Easter Train Coming

    By Bryan Chapell. Like the headlight of a train piercing the foggiest night, God’s vision penetrates the darkness we face. He sees the problems. He knows the pain. Year after year the Easter train comes. Each time it passes it roars anew Christ’s victory and our hope.

  • Taking Prayer Requests Seriously

    By Frank Barker. How seriously should we take prayer requests? If Jesus made a prayer request of you as he did of the three, would you take it seriously? Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these rny brethren, you did it unto me.”

  • Asking Others to Have Faith When We Didn’t Have

    By Kathryn Farris. They have dared to step out of the cultural mold to reach neighbors, friends and acquaintances with the message of salvation.

  • Women in tne Church: Philosophy of Ministry

    The purpose of women’s ministry in the PCA accompanied by a philosphy of ministry. This is a useful guide for drafting a statement for women’s ministry in the local church.

  • Adoption–Not Abortion: Exciting Vision-Tough Realities

    By Frederick T. Marsh. These voices argued that abortion would solve a lot of societal problems. Many were swayed to that way of thinking-perhaps the problem population of society could be reduced by abortion and the rest of us would be better off. Abortion has not solved problems. What can we do collectively as the Lord’s people?

  • The Gift of Giving

    By Calvin Miller. Gifts are more blessed to give than to get, says the cliche’. But gifts are seldom given so freely that they don’t result in some bondage.

  • Nurture

    By Bob Sweet. In our zeal to simplify and reduce things to easily remembered formulas, diagrams, acro

  • Your Child’s Self Image

    By Thomas A. Whiteman. For those of us who are parents, our greatest responsibility in life is to raise our children! An important ingredient in that formula is a proper view of self – to have a good self-image. When people don’t like themselves, they will have a distorted image of God and will have great difficulty loving other people.

  • What Does It Mean To Follow Jesus?

    The Bible makes clear that obedience has to do with relationships. Love God. Love my neighbor. And how do I show that love? By obeying what God has said.

  • Five Steps to Discipling Others

    By Russ Korth. The proof and value of discipleship is in the reproducing done by those you disciple.

  • “Good is bad . . . and bad is good!”

    By Bob Sweet. Our percep

  • I Am Proud of My Church

    By Donald E. Hoke. Are you proud of your church? Do you enjoy it, promote it, praise it, defend it? You should! For it is the one institution that Jesus Christ Himself established – it is the only eternal organization in the world. You will spend eternity with its mem

  • ACTS of Kindness: Mercy Ministry in Philadelphia

    By David and Kate Kiersten Apple. Philadelphia is a city of contrasts. There is wealth and there is poverty; there is joy and there is sorrow; there is laughter and there is mourning and the area surrounding Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia is a micro

  • First Aid for AIDS

    By Debbie Dortzbach. Like a boulder thrown into the calm waters of an alpine lake, the effects of AIDS are rippling to every edge of the worldwide church. As its influ

  • Discipleship in the Church Today

    By Carl W. Wilson. The matter of personal disciple building in the New Testament manner is also a major part of Christian education that has been neglected but desperately needed. This kind of ministry is hard work and is unappreciated in our world of present values. It is easy to produce spiritual babies, but raising them properly is the hard part.

  • The Necessary Motto for Life and Conduct: Give Thanks

    By George W. Mitchell. Our actions are born in our minds. The issues of life flow out of the heart (Proverbs 4:23). This is where the battle and struggle really begins, and it would appear that many of us are losing the fight. Do you have trouble with your actions, thoughts and words? Be imitators of God and love as Christ has loved you!

  • The Love of God and Evangelism

    By D. Clair Davis. Then you can share the Gospel of the Lord’s free salvation without gears clashing in your heart. All you’ve learned about living out of Christ’s love will give you the why for sharing your faith. Sharing the Gospel still won’t be easy for you, but it won’t be a burden.

  • The Promise of the Cross

    By Faythe A. Dobbs. Promise, in one sense, is an agreement to do (or not do) something. Because of the cross and Christ’s work there, I can put my trust in Him.I agree to join in covenant relationship with Him. Promise, in another sense, means to give a basis for expectation. What can we expect as a result of the cross for our lives?

  • Building a Case in Prayer

    By Richard Pratt. God has invited us to build a case before Him in prayer. Instead of simply ask

  • A Response to the Woman’s Role

    By D. Clair Davis. By now, everywhere you go church bulletins say: “Ministers: every mem

  • Adjustment after the Death of a Spouse

    Even though we know God is sov

  • Ministering to the Divorced

    By Tom Jones. Silence is not support. It is wrong to assume that the divorced person would rather not talk about it or that if you brought up the subject you would only be making things worse. Divorced people already feel like lepers because friends no longer want to talk to them. If you will not talk, you increase the silence surrounding the divorced and drive them more deeply into a sense of isolation.

  • Ministering to the Never-Married Single Adult

    By Walter Wood. They represent the majority of the single-adult population in churches with over 500 people. They also represent the most energetic and available source of ministry in the church in America today. They usually have more energy and less responsibility than any other adult group in the church. A church that fails to aggressively minister to its singles and fails to strategically seek to reach unchurched singles is missing an opportunity and a significant responsibility.

  • Ministry to Single Adults: The Need

    By Bob Burns. We must not stick our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich while cry

  • Developing a Christian Mind

    Obviously education is aimed at people. It is doing something to them and with them in such a way that certain things will result – knowledge, skills and values. If the PCA is going to have the long-range impact on the world that I believe God wants us to have, we not only have to call men to faith in Christ and repentance of sin, but we also have to be discipled to have a Christian mind.

  • Can We Wait Any Longer?

    ByFrank Brock. Developing the Christian mind begins with knowledge of the Bible, but it does not end there.At Covenant we believe that good educa

  • Mission Accomplished? When? How?

    By Sidney Anderson. You just don’t wake up one morning in a village of the Tiv Tribe of Nigeria by accident! It was the fulfillment of years of planning and waiting for the Lord’s leading. The numbers are not the main category, but have you ever been to a Christian event attended by 30,000 people? I have. It is breathtaking! Especially when you realize that the devil has had this entire tribe in his clutches for hundreds of years.

  • Eyeglasses and a College Education: The Significance of a Christian World View

    By Dr. Donovan Graham. Living by the wrong world view is the same as putting on the wrong eyeglasses; it can lead to disaster. Faculty members who teach students at the college level are either God’s agents seeking to grind lenses that will enable students to see the world truthfully, or they are agents of the enemy seeking to grind lenses that will lead to distortion.

  • The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

    By Linleigh Roberts. Because Jesus of Nazareth was God in the flesh, He cannot be readily dismissed; the appearance of God in history demands an explanation.

  • The Wise Men and Their Search

    By Frank Barker. In their study of the stars they had seen a most unusual star. They understood that it was indica

  • ‘Preparing the Ground’

    By Mary Lou Bonsack. We were able to do something that prepared the ground for the plant

  • Church Planting as a Key Missions Strategy

    By J. Philip Clark. We have had – in our brief existence – some success in planting congregations at points of need. While we will not depreciate our strategic planning, success is in some measure due to godly church members moving with the population shift, finding no satisfactory church in the new location, and calling for help to establish a church in their new neighborhood.

  • Economic Trends and Their Impact on Missiology

    Traditional meth

  • The Church: Witnessing Force or Mere Sending Agency?

    By Les Thompson. A missionary is one sent out, commissioned by his homeland church to go to some other land to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and establish the Church of our Lord Jesus with all the detail that involves – teaching the Scriptures, Biblical doc

  • “Harvest”: Offering Freedom in Christ

    By Sharon Kraemer. The Harvest fact sheet describes the basic minis

  • Ministers of Mercy: God’s Walking Wounded

    By Fred Marsh. This is mercy. This is God’s calling to me. I am proud to be among the walking wounded – proud that God would see fit to rescue me from my arrogance enough to make me realize that, contrary to the popular saying, God helps those who cannot help themselves. The greater the need, the greater is God’s mercy made available to that individual.

  • …And Then Through the Gate

    By Linda Warner. Each day when the factory whistles tooted their afternoon release, she covered her shiny new type

  • Parenting by Grace – Part 1

    By James M. Hatch, Jr. I’m overwhelmed with what I consider to be a biblical theology of parenting. I’m truly con

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ

    By Roger R. Nicole. We must therefore, be careful to use the Scrip

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ – Part 2

    By Roger R. Nicole. When we are sure that our outward approach is proper, we need secondly to safeguard the inward benefits of controversy. We need to ask the ques

  • Christmas Through a Lifetime

    By Edith Schaeffer. Delightful memories can be re-lived with smells, sights, sounds, feel, taste and should be prepared. A family should be a museum of memo

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us – Part 1

    By Roger R. Nicole. We disagree in some areas of Christian doctrine. We disagree as to some of the details of church administration. We disagree as to the way in which certain tasks of the church should be pursued. Who does not encounter from time to time people who are not in complete agreement; therefore, it is good to seek to discover certain basic principles whereby we may relate to those who differ from us.

  • Missions Have Come Home to America

    By Terry Gyger. Of the four and one-half million Hispanics in Los Angeles, less than one-half of one percent are evangelical. This means that most Latin cities have more believers than exist in Hispanic Los Angeles.

  • Planning for Praise

    Hen

  • Notable Assembly in Notable State

    Taking this year’s notable PCA event in stride is not likely to be a problem for Michigan, which is hoisting extra flags and doing additional celebrating of its own in 1987. The state is observ

  • Representing the Family

    Like apple pie and basketball, the family is an institution that few dare oppose. Attacks are subtle and oblique, usually. One of the public defenders of this basic unit of society is the “layper

  • Giving – More Than Money

    Dramatic and traumatic experi

  • Changing Destinations

    Senior flight attendants on major airlines go just about anywhere they want to go. Sometimes, however, they end up where they had not planned to be.

  • Trying the Book Case

    Losing once is not reason to quit. Ask Thomas 0. Kotouc, a lawyer who represented Mobile school authorities and the state of Alabama in the prayer case that went all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest tribunal told the Alabama schools that they couldn’t pray – even silently.

  • Planters Pick New ‘Paris’

    Most North Americans have heard of Timbuktu, but even if they think it’s more real than legendary they usually can’t find it on the map. Fewer are likely to be able to tell how to find Abidjan, where the newest Mission to the World church planting team is being established.

  • Quiet, Dependable

    Elevators, by design, are supposed to be quiet, dependable, and efficient. They attract little attention until they fail to perform as expected. Richard H. Ellingsworth doesn’t attract much attention, and those who know him well describe him as quiet, dependable, and efficient.

  • Aussies Get Spring During the U.S. Summer

    Thanks to seven summer (North American summer, that is) workers from the PCA’s Servants in Missions Abroad, the Buderim congregation of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on the Sunshine Coast experienced vitalization and growth. Elsewhere in Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland, two other SIMA summer workers helped new missionaries in Brisbane.

  • Answers to Prayer in 1536 and 1986

    Times are tumultuous. Interna

  • Spencer Line is Busy

    To many members of Birmingham’s Briarwood Church, he is the elder who taught them Reformation history in their first year as members there.Officials involved in utility rate-making in Alabama know him as the man from the telephone company who always had the right numbers.People active at the assembly level in the PCA know Spencer as a presbyter who has devoted countless hours to helping to build the denomination from its earliest days.

  • ‘Closed’ Countries Export Open Minds

    At a university in the States he’s learning a bit more than the leaders of his Islamic nation expect, however. In addition to his courses in math, sci

  • Doers, Not Hearers Only

    Nearly everybody goes to church in Upper East Tennessee. One widely cir

  • Tried and Tested Timer

    Precious metals are refined with fire. So are people. The Bible makes numerous references to such testing and purifying.

  • Philadelphia: Presbyterian Seedbed

    The first settled Presbyterian minis

  • Retirement: Time to Work

    Taking an occasional glance at his watch may seem natural for a man who worked for a railroad for 43 years helping to keep things on schedule. His ste

  • Koreans Keep Coming

    In the view of one school of missiologists, this isn’t all bad. They have a name for it: the homogeneous unit principle (HUP). One of the more remarkable applications of the principle among Protestants is taking place today in the Presbyterian Church in America. Thousands of immigrant Koreans have found homes in PCA congrega

  • Discipling And Drama

    Pageants and plays are often on the church schedule at Easter and Christ

  • PCA’s Globe-Trotters With Worn Passports

    When a PCA missionary went to a Communist nation early this year, it was not his first visit. Nor is it expected to be his last. He went without fanfare to help an existing evangelical denomination. That body invited him to speak at its annual meeting and to counsel with its ministers and their wives.

  • A Parish of Prisoners

    The English lady came to the United States more than 30 years ago as the bride of an American military officer she met while on a vacation in Spain. It was a very long way, both in miles and in culture, from her hometown, Leigh-on-Sea, just east of London, to Cleveland, Mississippi, where they lived. One of her discoveries was that just down the road was the much-maligned Mississippi prison farm, popularly known as Parchman.

  • Keeping Up With The Movers

    Church members who are loved and appreciated while present frequently are forgotten when they move to another community. Replacements are found to take over their respon

  • Counseling After the Crash

    I was returning from a two-week field train

  • Singing in Egyptian Jails

    The two PCA couples were living in the port city of Alexandria. They lived among Egyptians and not in an expatriate compound. The daily exposure to normal living situations helped them acquire the language. They made some friends in the neighborhood. They wanted to share their faith, but they knew what they could and could not do under Egyptian law.

  • Crushing Caricatures

    Kay James believes in what she is doing. Her fight to “change the law” is based on what she – and her church – believe. She’s comfortable working from within a denomination that stands for the Bible, a theology based on the “whole counsel of God” and thus for the “morals, values, and pro-family interests so important to us.”

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  • YXL—West at Horn Creek, CO

    In early July, about 100 youth and leaders, primarily from PCA churches in the West, gathered at Horn Creek camp near Westcliffe, CO, for the YXL (Youth eXcelling in Leadership) conference. The purpose went beyond an ordinary youth camp, as the students experienced a rigorous schedule designed to test and sharpen their leadership skills it … Continued

  • Great Commission Publications New “So What?” Youth Bible Study – Identity and Purpose

    Do your teens groan when you say, “Turn to Genesis 1-3″?

    Do they think they know everything there is to know about the biblical account of Creation and the Fall? Do they feel like they’ve heard the story of Adam and Eve a million times?

  • The Body of Christ: The Next Generations

    In Making Kingdom Disciples: A New Framework, we point out that Calvin’s emphasis regarding making disciples begins at the earliest stages of a covenant person’s life. The sooner we begin to self-consciously disciple our covenant children, the easier it will be for them to see themselves as covenant children belonging to God’s kingdom and that being a Christian is not only about going to church, or personally believing in Jesus, or reading or hearing the Bible, but every day of the week in all things we are to live for Christ.

  • The teens in your church are total Bible experts, right?

    The latest survey data says that 85% of American homes have a Bible in them-and, on average, each home has 4.5 Bibles. Let’s do the math: 85% of 311 million American homes is about 264 million … times 4.5 Bibles per home …. That is 1,189,575,000 Bibles in America. And that doesn’t even count the ones online, on phones, in stores, etc…

  • The Kingdom Misunderstood, Part 1

    I begin by introducing you to Bill and Mary Wright. Bill is a 34 year old husband and father of two children, Terry 10 and Susan 7. Mary is a stay at home mom and has home schooled her children for a couple years, though they are presently attending a Christian school that meets in their church. Bill and Mary are active church members and clearly demonstrate a love for the Lord that is obvious to others.

  • The Challenge: Today’s Youth

    Do you believe the Word of God is powerful and active? How can you engage students with the Scriptures so they take ownership of their faith?

  • Preventing Burnout

    I have been in youth ministry long enough to know that arguing with your senior pastor in a public setting does not bode well for personal job security. Yet, for a mind boggling thirty minutes I was doing just that at a recent staff retreat. Oblivious to the obvious discomfort of the other staff, I plowed ahead as if the fate of the free world hinged on me winning this argument…

  • Targeting Comprehensive Christian Education

    It never ceases to amaze me that anywhere in the world you say “Christian Education” people automatically think Sunday school. Is this the only Christian education the church does? If it is, then we are in big trouble. Let me explain….

  • The Challenge of Discipling Youth in This Age of Indifference

    American young people are, theoretically, fine with religious faith-but it does not concern them very much, and it is not durable enough to survive on after they graduate high school. One more thing: we’re responsible.

  • 2020 Vision E-letter September, 2010

    Catch up on what is going on with the 2020 Vision Conferences. New information is available, as well as information on the Meeting of the Minds that took place earlier this year. Come to the next scheduled Meeting of the Minds on September 14!

  • 2020 Vision Recommended Resources

    These are some recommended resources for parents, leadership and children in your church. Use them and catch the 2020 Vision!

  • Youth Leadership in Conflict: When Parents Become Concerned

    A denominational leader asked me recently why I thought that so many parents act as if God’s covenant blessings to their children give them as parents license to sin against those who work with their children in the church. I wanted to tread lightly with my answer because I know that all too often youth workers secretly harbor the opinion that parents are the great road block to successful youth ministry.

  • Small Group Based Student Ministry

    By Zachary Bradley. While many churches have shifted to using the small group model for ministry, the one place where this fundamental shift has not taken root is in youth ministry. While most youth groups have a small group program of some kind, most have not fundamentally restructured the ministry so that small groups, rather than a large group gathering are the primary means of ministry [...]

  • 2020 Vision E-Letter March, 2010

    What is the 2020 Vision? Here at Christian Education and Publications we want to help the local church with training and resources that will enable you to spend this decade focused on training up a generation of Kingdom disciples.

  • Three-year discipleship curriculum for teen girls

    This three-year discipleship curriculum for teen girls teaches foundational principles of biblical womanhood-and so much more. It’s distinguishing characteristic is an emphasis on seeing all of Scripture and all of life from a gospel perspective.

  • Faith is Sometimes Best Understood by Looking Backwards

    I read once that faith is sometimes best understood by looking backwards. Now, on the surface that statement feels a lot like the inside of a Christian greeting card or one of those posters with cute animals and trite sayings that we hang on our walls to inspire us to do great things. However, in this case, I think instead of motivational drivel, this statement is actually biblically correct and has application for youth ministry.

  • Three-year discipleship curriculum for teen girls

    FAQ’s . . . Q. Do the girls need a copy of the text?A. No. Q. Do I really need the text and the Leader’s Guide?A. Yes-The text gives the substance of what you will teach. The Leader’s Guide gives a lesson plan to adapt the material to teens and provides answers for the questions … Continued

  • Today’s Teenagers–the Future of the Church

    Perhaps the next time your church has a significant prayer need, you should move your teenagers out of the “future of the church” holding pen and into the ministry of your church by asking them to lead the prayer meeting. Based on my YXL experiences this summer, I have a sneaking suspicion that the adults of your church may be encouraged and challenged

  • What do Youth Ministers Do All Day?

    If I could offer any advice to youth directors… it would be to make sure that you are constantly communicating to other staff, elders, and parents who you are, what you do, and what is going on in the youth program.

  • Youth Leader Data Form Submission

    CEP offers a placement service which connects available youth leaders with churches seeking to fill youth staff positions.Youth leaders–may open this article to submit their data form to our “Candidate Database”. Churches may send an email tocep@pcanet.org or call 678-825-1154 to receive resumes of potential candidates.

  • Our Amazing Teens

    Studies continue to show there is a short window of opportunity for information to be acted on until it becomes irrelevant. This reality makes me wonder if student ministries that talk about dropping nets and following Christ, stepping out in faith, dying to self, living for Christ, being salt and light, and going into all the world to make disciples but do not give students opportunities to do these things, or that only allow students a chance to lead recreation at VBS once a year, might actually be guilty of perpetuating the myth of the irrelevance of God’s Word to “real” life.

  • CEP’s Philosophy of Youth Ministries

    Helping local churches develop their youth ministry is a top priority for CEP. We are encouraging youth leaders to network their resources and talents within their local presbyteries as well as making useful resources and materials available to local church youth workers.

  • Discoveries of a Youth Pastor

    There are certain lessons I have learned over the last decade and a half in youth ministry. I learned early on that taking students to play paintball really means open season on the youth pastor, and I learned that something always gets broken during a lock-in. I found out that playing youth group games in the sanctuary never ends well and that students seldom bring Bibles to church. I also realized that the most effective way to help students connect the dots between faith and life is having a youth group that worships together, prays for each other, and participates in missions experiences…

  • Boys, Masculinity, and the Church: Why Boys Need a Strong Men’s Ministry

    Ask any man how he feels when he is asked to hold his wife’s purse even for a moment. Nearly every instinct in our son’s heart is to resist appearing to be feminine. So, if our boys see Christianity as feminine, what should we expect their attitude towards it to be?

  • The Future of the Church?

    Given the overwhelmingly negative statistics concerning young adults and church involvement, I am willing to go out on a limb here and suggest that engaging teenagers in the life of your congregation is one of the more important things you can do in your student ministry. Stepping a little further out on the limb, let me also suggest that though the application of the Great Commission must be contextualized, the call to make disciples is equally as valid for the teenagers in your congregation as it is for the adults who inhabit your pews.

  • Asking the Right Questions About Youth Ministry, Part 2

    From the origin of your calling to work with the next generation to the importance of assisting parents in raising their children, a covenantal understanding of scripture has multiple implications for youth ministry. Let me try to whet your appetite by highlighting just two of the many aspects of this special relationship between God and man that have direct bearing on how we do youth ministry.

  • Asking the Right Questions About Youth Ministry, Part 1

    The first question of youth ministry is one of theological foundation. I am convinced that the particular model of ministry that a church uses is secondary to the theological foundation on which the model is built.

  • CEP Welcomes Danny Mitchell

    Danny Mitchell will become the new Coordinator of Family and Youth Ministries for Christian Education and Publications in June 2007.He will succeed Dean Conkel, who returned to local church ministry in June 2006. Danny graduated from Covenant College in 1992 with a BS in Biblical Studies and will graduate from Covenant Theological Seminary in May with a Master of Divinity.

  • What Would Jesus Do?

    Suffice it to say that it is in the church that we ought to learn what it means to be messengers of grace wherever we are. It is in this context that we are to make disciples. We have the great privilege of self consciously bringing the influence of God’s kingdom to a society dimly aware of his nature and purposes.

  • The Kingdom and Generations

    There has been a steep decline in church attendance beginning with the baby boomers (those born between1946-1964) and continuing to the present generation. The most recent statistics indicate that we are not far from the place where the majority in the United States will identify themselves as something other than Protestant.

  • Teammates, Not Competitors

    By Dean Conkle. Various ministries of the church are different from each other but that doesn’t mean they can’t work well together for a common cause or event.Viewing each other as teammates within the same overall mission will be a blessing to the whole of the church.

  • The Five Diamonds of Youth Ministry

    By Dean Conkel. What five things should be found in every Christ-honoring, on-purpose PCA youth ministry? What are some biblical and covenantal principles that should be found in youth ministries, whether they are huge or small? What truths and princi

  • Praying the Psalms

    By Archie Parrish. As we pray the Psalms, the Holy Spirit helps us commune with the Father, conform to the Son, and combat the devil.As sons and daughters in a conscious vital relationship with our Father and with His family in a local church, we can properly serve as soldiers in Christ’s army and gain victory in battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

  • Do I Know You?

    Relationships in the neighborhood, at the office, or at school are important. But if they don’t extend beyond the confines of that environment they have limited value. And the same is true of relationships at church. Hopefully, the believer will have friendships with some that extend beyond the confines of a church program.

  • The Cost of Love

    Are we willing to pay the price? That is a question that must be answered within the context of specific relationships. Can I love the son who has broken my heart? Can I love the student who I can’t seem to reach? Can I love the church member who seems to have so little to give to me? Or the neighbor who irritates me?

  • Theodicy: Understanding the Goodness of God in the Midst of Evil

    If God is good and all-powerful, why is there evil in his world? Is he really God? All-powerful? Good? Does he really rule his world? Where does he fit into the picture with all the bad things going on? And bottom line, we ask, How is it possible to reconcile the realities of life-sin, evil, and wickedness-with God’s all powerful and good rule? Theodicy is an attempt to justify and harmonize those things.

  • A Strategy for Evangelizing the Post Modern

    By William J. Larkin. Indeed, how can we communicate a gospel that is truly “good news” to the postmodern person (or any cultural being for that matter)? We must “exegete” the culture from the inside out. We must interpret the Scriptures at a metacultural level. Then, we must bring the two together in effective gospel communication.

  • QUESTIONS?!

    Unanswered questions don’t go away, especially the ones never raised, never addressed.Our thinking needs to be challenged. Our values, even those we cherish the most, need to be evaluated. Our faith must be examined lest we find ourselves losing that which we claim is most dear.

  • Deacons: Leading Churches Into Pure and Undefiled Religion

    The role of deacons is critical to the ministry of the local church. However, for some time it has suffered from a poor image. In reformed circles the office is rightly seen as one of service and helps. But with the growth of church buildings and property, deacons are often viewed more as caretakers of property and less as caretakers of people.

  • When Mercy Falls Through the Cracks

    A church-based mercy ministry benefits not only those who receive help but also those who show mercy by blessing them with the heart of Christ for a needy world.

  • Serving in the Church: Prison Term or Delight?

    Volunteering in your church’s educational or women’s ministry doesn’t have to be a prison term. CE/P has three groups of trainers that can help you recapture your vision, supplement your efforts to encourage your co-laborers, and help set up a means for ongoing support.

  • Covenant “Stones of Passage” Making the Events Special

    By Brad Winsted. How can we give this generation within our reformed churches the memory stones and the rites of passages that mark their maturity to Christian adulthood?

  • Ho! Ho! What?

    By Mike Rasmussen. God has not commanded us to observe Christmas. But, if we do, how should we observe it?

  • Getting A Grip On Grace

    By Jim Tonkowich. We are His workmanship from first to last. Our coming to Christ is His work and our growth in Christ is His work. God has graciously done it all for us.

  • Tattered Tom Versus Snow White: Two Gospels

    By James Sauer. The Bibleis a rags to riches story. It is the tale of despicable unfortunate wretches who have been lifted out of the sewer of life, and established into a royal family in the greatest of kingdoms.

  • Teens and Small Churches

    The study, Today’s Teens: A Generation in Transition, details some of the differences between teenagers who attend a church with fewer than 100 people and those who attend a larger church. The findings reveal some striking differences in the spiritual beliefs and involvement between the two groups of teens.

  • Called to Display His Spendor

    By G. Carol Bomer. I not only know the excitement of the creative act-recreat

  • What Child is This?

    By Peggy Townes. Scenes from Jesus’ life began to flash across the jumbled screen of Mary’s mind. She remembered the time when Jesus went to his cousin John for baptism and the voice from Heaven bellowed the message that this was God’s Son.

  • In The World

    By Lee Taylor. Life is not easy. The commandments of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eye. Linda took a courageous stand on God’s Word. And she became a testi

  • The Runner

    By Miriam Gautier. Just running in races wasn’t enough -now I wanted to win! I started reading more, training harder and setting my sights on placing among the top winners in my division. My whole life changed. I was consumed with running.

  • Today’s Music: A Window to Your Child’s Soul

    By Al Menconi with Dave Hart. Condemning rock music and removing the offensive elements is the easy part. Presenting Christ in a posi

  • Daddy Fik! ?

    By R. J. Gore, Jr. Filled with self-satisfaction, I gazed at my reflec

  • Easter Train Coming

    By Bryan Chapell. Like the headlight of a train piercing the foggiest night, God’s vision penetrates the darkness we face. He sees the problems. He knows the pain. Year after year the Easter train comes. Each time it passes it roars anew Christ’s victory and our hope.

  • Taking Prayer Requests Seriously

    By Frank Barker. How seriously should we take prayer requests? If Jesus made a prayer request of you as he did of the three, would you take it seriously? Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these rny brethren, you did it unto me.”

  • Asking Others to Have Faith When We Didn’t Have

    By Kathryn Farris. They have dared to step out of the cultural mold to reach neighbors, friends and acquaintances with the message of salvation.

  • Adoption–Not Abortion: Exciting Vision-Tough Realities

    By Frederick T. Marsh. These voices argued that abortion would solve a lot of societal problems. Many were swayed to that way of thinking-perhaps the problem population of society could be reduced by abortion and the rest of us would be better off. Abortion has not solved problems. What can we do collectively as the Lord’s people?

  • The Gift of Giving

    By Calvin Miller. Gifts are more blessed to give than to get, says the cliche’. But gifts are seldom given so freely that they don’t result in some bondage.

  • Nurture

    By Bob Sweet. In our zeal to simplify and reduce things to easily remembered formulas, diagrams, acro

  • What Does It Mean To Follow Jesus?

    The Bible makes clear that obedience has to do with relationships. Love God. Love my neighbor. And how do I show that love? By obeying what God has said.

  • Five Steps to Discipling Others

    By Russ Korth. The proof and value of discipleship is in the reproducing done by those you disciple.

  • “Good is bad . . . and bad is good!”

    By Bob Sweet. Our percep

  • ACTS of Kindness: Mercy Ministry in Philadelphia

    By David and Kate Kiersten Apple. Philadelphia is a city of contrasts. There is wealth and there is poverty; there is joy and there is sorrow; there is laughter and there is mourning and the area surrounding Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia is a micro

  • First Aid for AIDS

    By Debbie Dortzbach. Like a boulder thrown into the calm waters of an alpine lake, the effects of AIDS are rippling to every edge of the worldwide church. As its influ

  • Discipleship in the Church Today

    By Carl W. Wilson. The matter of personal disciple building in the New Testament manner is also a major part of Christian education that has been neglected but desperately needed. This kind of ministry is hard work and is unappreciated in our world of present values. It is easy to produce spiritual babies, but raising them properly is the hard part.

  • The Necessary Motto for Life and Conduct: Give Thanks

    By George W. Mitchell. Our actions are born in our minds. The issues of life flow out of the heart (Proverbs 4:23). This is where the battle and struggle really begins, and it would appear that many of us are losing the fight. Do you have trouble with your actions, thoughts and words? Be imitators of God and love as Christ has loved you!

  • The Love of God and Evangelism

    By D. Clair Davis. Then you can share the Gospel of the Lord’s free salvation without gears clashing in your heart. All you’ve learned about living out of Christ’s love will give you the why for sharing your faith. Sharing the Gospel still won’t be easy for you, but it won’t be a burden.

  • Developing a Christian Mind

    Obviously education is aimed at people. It is doing something to them and with them in such a way that certain things will result – knowledge, skills and values. If the PCA is going to have the long-range impact on the world that I believe God wants us to have, we not only have to call men to faith in Christ and repentance of sin, but we also have to be discipled to have a Christian mind.

  • Can We Wait Any Longer?

    ByFrank Brock. Developing the Christian mind begins with knowledge of the Bible, but it does not end there.At Covenant we believe that good educa

  • Mission Accomplished? When? How?

    By Sidney Anderson. You just don’t wake up one morning in a village of the Tiv Tribe of Nigeria by accident! It was the fulfillment of years of planning and waiting for the Lord’s leading. The numbers are not the main category, but have you ever been to a Christian event attended by 30,000 people? I have. It is breathtaking! Especially when you realize that the devil has had this entire tribe in his clutches for hundreds of years.

  • The PCA’s Campus Outreach

    By Mark Lowrey, Jr. Reformed University Ministries, the PCA’s campus outreach devoted to evangelizing and discipling college students. The overall purpose of Reformed University Ministries is simple – to reach students for Christ and equip students to serve.

  • Eyeglasses and a College Education: The Significance of a Christian World View

    By Dr. Donovan Graham. Living by the wrong world view is the same as putting on the wrong eyeglasses; it can lead to disaster. Faculty members who teach students at the college level are either God’s agents seeking to grind lenses that will enable students to see the world truthfully, or they are agents of the enemy seeking to grind lenses that will lead to distortion.

  • The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

    By Linleigh Roberts. Because Jesus of Nazareth was God in the flesh, He cannot be readily dismissed; the appearance of God in history demands an explanation.

  • The Wise Men and Their Search

    By Frank Barker. In their study of the stars they had seen a most unusual star. They understood that it was indica

  • ‘Preparing the Ground’

    By Mary Lou Bonsack. We were able to do something that prepared the ground for the plant

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ – Part 2

    By Roger R. Nicole. When we are sure that our outward approach is proper, we need secondly to safeguard the inward benefits of controversy. We need to ask the ques

  • How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us – Part 1

    By Roger R. Nicole. We disagree in some areas of Christian doctrine. We disagree as to some of the details of church administration. We disagree as to the way in which certain tasks of the church should be pursued. Who does not encounter from time to time people who are not in complete agreement; therefore, it is good to seek to discover certain basic principles whereby we may relate to those who differ from us.

  • Missions Have Come Home to America

    By Terry Gyger. Of the four and one-half million Hispanics in Los Angeles, less than one-half of one percent are evangelical. This means that most Latin cities have more believers than exist in Hispanic Los Angeles.

  • Planning for Praise

    Hen

  • Ministering After Tragedy

    University administrators, alumnae, and students crowded the Chi Omega house the night of the trag

  • Giving – More Than Money

    Dramatic and traumatic experi

  • SOS Mexico – SOS Poland

    Three letters, SOS, are recognized universally as a distress signal. There is a sense in which their use in the PCA means that help is needed, but the official translation is Summer Oppor

  • Changing Destinations

    Senior flight attendants on major airlines go just about anywhere they want to go. Sometimes, however, they end up where they had not planned to be.

  • Making Missions ‘Norm’ for Youth

    Every young person goes through certain “rites of passage” before reaching maturity. If Mission to the World realizes a goal it has just set, every PCA young person will have some kind of missions exposure before “growing up and settling down.”

  • Discipling And Drama

    Pageants and plays are often on the church schedule at Easter and Christ

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  • Check Out the Top 10 Books Sold at GA

    Top 10 Books Sold at General Assembly Click titles to purchase your copy today! Philippians-Reformed Expository Commentary Revelation: Let the One Who Is Thirsty Come Your Baby's Baptism 2013 PCA Yearbook: 2 Volume Set Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church Christianity and World Religions: An Introduction to the World's Major Faiths Briarpatch Gospel: … Continued

  • Please Partner with us in the Ministry of CEP

    As CEP opens a new chapter under the leadership of Coordinator Stephen Estock, an important goal is to see growth in the number of PCA churches who contribute to the ministry. In 2012, 32% of PCA congregations contributed in some way to sustain the work of CEP. Our hope is to see over 50% of … Continued

  • CEP Calls Dr. Stephen Estock as new Coordinator

    Teaching elder Dr. Stephen Estock has been called by the Christian Education and Publications Committee, at its fall meeting, to become the provisional coordinator as of January 1, 2013, according to the RAO (Rules of Assembly Operations). He will be presented to the 41st General Assembly, meeting in Greenville, SC, in June to be elected as coordinator to replace Dr. Charles Dunahoo who will be leaving the position, December 31, 2012.

  • Church Treasurer Alert: CEP now accepts electronic giving

    We are pleased to announce that churches are now able to support the ministry of CEP by use of the ACH (Automated Clearing House) for funds transfer. Church treasurers may choose to have funds drafted from the church’s bank account(s), at no addtional cost to the church, and establish giving frequencies that meet the giving pattern desired by the church leadership.

  • Email Privacy Policy

    Christian Education and Publications Email Privacy Policy We have created this privacy policy to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy and the protection of your information. Why are you receiving a mailing from us? Our email marketing is permission based. If you received a mailing from us, our records indicate that either you have … Continued

  • Manuscript Submission Instructions

    Every publisher has a set of standards by which a manuscript will be examined or accepted for publication. This article describes some of the things that we at CEP will be looking for when considering publishing your work.

  • A Case Statement for PCA Christian Eduation and Publications

    It is in mastering the rigors of Reformed theology that Christians learn to use their minds, and develop a logical framework for their faith. Asking and answering pre-suppositional, conceptual and integrative questions about all areas of truth. CEP’s ministry is specifically targeted to help leaders, teachers and officers build onthis firm foundation.

  • The History of PCA Christian Education and Publications

    When the Presbyterian Church in America was established, Christian Education and Publications was one of the first three program committees put into place. Christian education is a God ordained covenantal process and the denomination established CEP to lead, nurture, and instruct its people. From the May/June 1998 Equip for Ministry magazine.

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