This resource will equip youth leaders to effectively serve teenagers’ changing lives and support their long-term faith. Sticky Faith is a ministry of Fuller Youth Institute. They have developed a step-by-step innovation process based on years of research.
What’s actually in the Bible? Where do we find the story of Moses or Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son? A Guide to Bible Basics discusses important people, places, and terms for each biblical book so that the reader can quickly see its primary focus. This accessible and concise book introduces the content of the Bible without theological, historical, or literary commentary. Tyler Mayfield provides a summary and chapter outline of each biblical book so as to facilitate quick comprehension of its fundamental story and subject.
Practical Resources for Churches (PRC) is an ecumenical resource center that helps churches in planning programs, retreats, and studies, as well as assisting those involved in other areas of ministry. In addition to online or phone consultations, they have curated a wide variety of online resources including recorded webinars. Categories cover a wide range of topics including Intergenerational ministry, Environmental Stewardship, and links to Seasonal resources.
Vibrant Faith Catalyst is designed to help you build, sustain, and grow Christian faith formation with all ages and generations in your church community. This site helps churches envision and design faith formation in the 21st century through training, coaching and leadership development. Discover free webinar recordings, a wide variety of faith@home activities, and shared resources. Connect to other members around a shared identity in church ministry and faith formation. Go further with MasterClasses, Coaching School, or join a book study group.
TechSoup is an online service that helps connect Nonprofits with discounted hardware, software, and services from several major vendors, including Microsoft and Adobe. (Microsoft Office is available for as low as $29.) TechSoup describes these products as “donations,” although they charge an administrative fee to process these donations. Registration and verification are required.
See Below to order and set up a TechSoup Account
Things You Will Need
- Basic email account, preferably in the name of the church.
- PCUSA organization verification for 501(c)(3) status. To get this, contact Kathie Lyvers at 502-569-5020 or email@example.com with your congregation’s PCUSA PIN and IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN). She will then email you a letter to use for this purpose.
Steps to Follow
- Create your TechSoup account at techsoup.org, clicking “Join” in the upper right of the page. Use your own name and personal information, with your church email address.
- Register your congregation in the TechSoup database.
- Choose “501(c)(3) nonprofit” as the organization type.
- For the EIN, do not use your congregation’s EIN. Instead, use the PCUSA’s national EIN: 23-6393377.
- You will be prompted to enter a state and ZIP code to narrow the list of organizations. Do this, then choose your congregation from the list presented.
- If your congregation is not listed, choose the option to “register your organization now,” then input your congregation’s information.
- Wait. TechSoup will use the information you have provided to confirm your account. While you wait, you can review the products that are available through TechSoup and even place requests that will be fulfilled upon approval of your account.
- Respond to any requests for information. TechSoup may request that you submit your PCUSA organization verification at any time, so be sure that it is available.
- Order the software, hardware, or other items that you need, then follow the instructions provided at the conclusion of your order to get activation codes and other necessary items.
Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016), the Rev. Denise Anderson and the Rev. Jan Edmiston, invite the church to join them in a literary journey on race. “One Church One Book” is an opportunity for PC(USA) members, mid councils, and staff members to read, reflect, share and listen, with the help of a variety of resources and conversation-starters provided with each selected book.
For additional information on Facing Racism from the PCUSA, see below/
This site features a wide variety of resources based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary cycle. Those who teach and preach will find it useful for scripture study, reflection and creating liturgy. Note that the site does not restrict the resources to any particular theological/ideological position.
Lectionary-based video sermons by America’s best preachers for use in worship, Bible study, small groups, Sunday school classes, or for individual use. Preachers include Will Willimon, Amy Butler, Michael Curry, Brian McLaren, and many more. All you do is push the button. Perfect for individual viewing or a small group Bible study around a kitchen table or in the classroom. Just start by reading the scriptures and then start streaming!
From the people and Christian Educator at Cary Presbyterian Church, this is a website for all of us who want to learn and grow in faith but may not be able to do so in conventional, church-building, ways. From the website:
We realize that life is fast-paced and schedules are full. We know that many people–church members or otherwise–want to deepen their faith life but can’t always get to classes and other ways to learn more about living the Christian life. While nothing can beat the synergy of learning together and making connections in person with others on this faith journey, we hope this website will help when being face- to-face isn’t possible.
There are pages for adult faith formation, parents, children, and teens. Many of the resources are on spirituality, but Bible study and some mission activities are included as well.
As pastors, educators and church leaders we are called to the sacred trust of serving and nurturing others. It can be challenging to maintain this focus in a culture that celebrates the absence of limits and boundaries. Lines and values can become blurred and trust destroyed. “Healthy Boundaries” training is for both those new to, and experienced in, church ministry. Healthy Boundaries 101 & 201 is a two-part training program including 101 Fundamentals and 201 Beyond Basics.
Trained facilitators guide discussions on the challenges of power and vulnerability, internet technology, social media, finance, attraction, and self-care in ways that are relevant and encourage dialogue among colleagues. Healthy Boundaries training is offered twice annually in both the Triangle and an eastern location. Facilitators are trained by the Faith Trust Institute.
Contact Rene’ at the Presbytery Office for information on taking this course.