Church Leadership

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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.

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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.

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.

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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

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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