Research on Clifton StrengthsFinder and Personal Evangelism

How can Christians do personal evangelism in a way that’s empowering? Through-out my 33 years of ministry, I’ve observed how many Christians struggle in the area of personal evangelism. Some feel inadequate and others are fearful. Another reason shared with me is that some say “I don’t have the spiritual gift of evangelism.” Research done […]

The Seven Fields of Mission

I have two learnings from my work with evangelism and mission: Evangelism belongs inside of mission. We all live in at least seven mission fields each day – home, work, the local community, the wider world, leisure, spiritual health, and the church’s life and outreach. Only a few are front and center daily but all […]

Faith Sharing in Fresh Ways

The office of Evangelism’s new Engage resource stirs a Charlotte congregation to innovative witness Charlotte, N.C. – Pastor Jerry Cannon still marvels at what happened at C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church in 2011. A year ago, in January, Cannon attended a gathering for pastors of large congregations sponsored by the Office of Evangelism and Church Growth. […]

From the Field: Giving Back in Marin County

Fairfax Community Church UCC in Fairfax, CA under the leadership of senior pastor Katharine Harts will be inviting the larger community to join them for “Spirituality and the Arts”.  Starting in September, Fairfax Community Church will offer Sunday night small group gatherings centered on the various arts.  Imagine an intergenerational Sacred Dance group, a Reader’s […]

From the Field: UCC Pastor Impresses NASA

Another first for the UCC!  NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio was so impressed with the Martin Luther King Observance Day presentation delivered to their Senior Management Council by the Rev. Valentino, Senior Pastor of East View UCC, Shaker Heights, Ohio that the taped presentation of his speech will be shown to all employees […]

From the Field: “Waver Church”

Four years ago St. Luke’s UCC in Trappe, PA began Wednesday Wavers.  Each Wednesday from 7 – 7:30am between Memorial Day and Labor Day 10 – 15 members of our church stand in from of the church on Main St. in our red St. Luke’s T-shirts and smile and wave to those who pass the […]

PC(USA) Task Force Engages the Chuch for the 21st Century

Author and Presbyterian pastor Carol Howard Merritt is writing a series of posts about the work she is doing as part of a task force formed to explore generational and cultural changes in the PC(USA). She is inviting us to share in the process via discussion of her posts. Here’s an important statement from her […]