Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations draws enthusiastic response

​The Board of Pensions recognizes that, as a Church, we must faithfully address pastors’ financial challenges if they are to grow and sustain their ministries. That’s why the Board of Pensions is  introducing Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations to all eligible ministers serving in congregational settings. This innovative financial education program combines pastor and congregational leader education with grants of up to $10,000 to qualifying pastors.

The Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations program restores the financial health and wholeness of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastors, helping to revitalize our congregations. This innovative financial education program combines pastor and congregational leader training and awards grants of up to $10,000 to qualifying pastors.

To learn more about Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations, visit

Read their April 16 article about the program here. 

The Presbytery’s Annual Financial Management Workshop


The Presbytery’s Annual Financial Management Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00am to Noon at the Presbytery office.
This workshop is for Pastors, Elders, Trustees, Treasurers and Business Administrators.


  • Stewardship: Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley (Presbyterian Foundation)
  • Insurance: Mark Hite (Sovereign Insurance), and Kevin Nugent (Church Mutual)
  • Financial and Legal: Steve King and Bill Bradbury

Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer for the Northeast Region of the Presbyterian Foundation. She works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees. “Building on relationships and resourcing churches to help them increase funding for their ministry are my top priorities,” said Ellie. “I want to help others realize the vast amount of resources available through the Foundation and work in collaboration with other agencies of the PC (USA).”

Coffee and refreshments will be available at 8:30 am during registration.
Questions? [email protected], 215-242-1400


Financial Management Workshop 2019

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Ministry Innovation Equipping Seminars Offered by the CRC

5th Annual Ministry Innovation Equipping Seminars

Wednesday April 10, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 
Thursday April 11, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This event is open to all ministers and ministry leaders throughout the Presbytery. The Commission on Resources and Communications invites to you attend one of our annual workshops for dreaming about launching and sustaining new ministry initiatives. Join us for an interactive workshop as we share resources, skills, and practices for launching, sustaining, and adapting creative ministry.

This year’s format provides multiple opportunities to engage in organic and facilitated conversations for ministry innovation at the earliest beginnings, critical pivot points for adaptation and evaluation, and in leveraging faithful partnerships for sustainability. Each conversation will be 45 minutes in length, and each attendee can select two of the following:

  • Discerning a Vision: Tools for Dreaming about New Ministry Possibilities
  • Cultivating Ministry Partnerships and Organizing Communities: Building Capacity from the Ground Up
  • Developing Sustainability: Discovering Funding Support through Grants and Financial Partners
  • Evaluating Your Ministry: Adapting, Evaluating, and Responding to Failure
  • The Pitch: Share Your Ministry Idea with a CRC Member for Raw Feedback & Reflection

Register Here!

Mission & Innovation Equipping Seminars 2019

RSVP Attendance to one of the seminars
    Please choose one of the sessions:

Next Church National Gathering Resources


NEXT Church recently hosted their annual national gathering in Seattle. They have compiled a collection of their keynotes, testimonies, and other resources here 


Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy Offers Resources on Social Justice Policies

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy offers the following publication resources on social justice policies:

Religious Freedom without Discrimination (available here) which affirms our denomination’s long history of championing religious freedom while at the same time decrying the use of such language for persecution and discrimination.

Honest Patriotism (available here) which encourages us to claim a place as people of faith in public discourse, championing honesty as a vital Christian virtue and challenging recent political language which degrades the value of truth.

Precautionary Principle: Managing Technological Risks to Protect Humanity and Our Planet (available here) which affirms our denomination’s commitment to protecting people and the environment from risks of damage from the introduction of new technologies–products like pesticides and food additives.  .

These documents join a comprehensive group of policy statements covering a range of issues including environmental concerns, economic justice, racial equity, health care policy, and just taxation. All of these resources are readily available to you and your congregations.

ACSWP is excited about serving as a resource to the denomination and we stand ready to assist you in any way we can to bring social justice issues into the life of the church. Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if we can be of any help in creating robust educational and service opportunities for your mid-councils and congregations.

Board of Pensions Offers March 2019 Seminars: Hosted By Princeton Seminary

The Board of Pensions (PCUSA) announces upcoming Board University seminars hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary. They will be conducting the following seminars in March:

  • Wednesday, March 6, Render Unto Caesar (we will have an imposition of ashes in the morning) (for clergy, church administrators, and lay leaders who handle church finances and taxes)
  • Thursday, March 7 – Friday, March 8, Growing Into Tomorrow…Today (for plan members and their guests, 15 years or less away from retirement)
  • Saturday, March 9, Getting in Shape Fiscally (for plan members and their guests)

.February 18 registration deadline.

Board of Pensions plan members and members of the Presbytery of Philadelphia and neighboring presbyteries are invited to these events, which help provide necessary wholeness and financial education to BOP plan members and congregations.

We Need Your Help! A Letter from Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace

Dear Congregations, and Commission & Committee Members!

The Youth Triennium Leadership of our Presbytery is challenging our presbytery to help raise scholarship dollars by organizing a Silent Auction at our next presbytery meeting at Olney Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 9th. The silent auction will be open at 11:00 am and will close before the end of the presbytery meeting around 4:00 pm. As we all know, for an auction to be successful we need items to auction off. I am hoping that we all might be able to help. If you are able to donate an item to help with this endeavor, it would be greatly appreciated.

Among some things you might consider are:

  • A basket with movie tickets and popcorn, candy, etc.
  • Wine basket
  • sports tickets
  • theater tickets
  • weekend away at someone’s home in the Poconos or other nice place
  • Dinner gift certificate
  • Children’s basket of books and other activities
  • Children’s toys
  • Motorcycle rides or airplane rides
  • Dance, Music, Art, Photography lessons (e.g. four free lessons…)

I think you get the idea. The goal is to have two full buses go to this Triennium in July of this year. Your assistance will help make this possible for many of our youth.

Please take a moment to consider what you might be able to contribute. Please click here to download the Youth Triennium Silent Auction form with contacts and dates, OR click here to fill out your submission online!

We are grateful for your continued leadership in our presbytery.

Blessings as we continue into this new year. See you at Presbytery meeting.


The Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Philadelphia

Synod of the Trinity 2019 Grant Application Deadlines Announced

All of the Synod’s grant applications have specific deadlines for application. Below is a list of those dates for 2019:

2019 Per Capita and Basic Mission

December 12, 2018

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

In this season when we celebrate God’s Word becoming flesh in the birth of Jesus, we give thanks for the opportunity to minister alongside you. We appreciate the witness of our congregations as the primary way your neighbors experience what it means to be this distinct part of the body of Christ known as Presbyterian. Our purpose as the Presbytery of Philadelphia is to strengthen your witness, and through our covenant community to provide a much greater proclamation of the gospel than any one congregation could do alone.

Indeed, we see the gift of community as a primary way God’s spirit engages us, not just in empowering the ministry we are called to do in Christ’s name, but also in how we understand God defining that sense of call: We discern and decide in community; and then we engage from across the broad range of the voices, gifts, and experiences within our four counties to embody a diverse and unified expression of the Church which blesses us as it blesses the larger Church and the world.

This year, as we invite a renewed financial commitment between the Presbytery and our congregations, we hope to interpret the unique and related aspects of the per capita and mission budgets in ways your members will value. Click here for a bulletin insert describing the use and distribution of per capita (supporting the infrastructure needed for our discerning and deciding in community) and click here for a brochure for our mission funds (enabling ministry bearing witness to God’s redeeming love in Christ and making disciples both here and around the world). Both of these can be downloaded and shared with your congregations.

Please click here to download and print your 2019 mission commitment pledge form and to indicate your congregation’s intended mission giving to the Presbytery, and through the Presbytery to the Synod and General Assembly.

If you would like one or more of the executive staff to come and share with your session or another group within your congregation, we would be happy to do so. We are excited, humbled, and inspired to be serving in ministry with you in such a time and place as this. We believe your congregational leaders will also be inspired as they learn more about how they are a part of the many good things God is doing in and through us all as the Presbytery of Philadelphia.

As our 300th anniversary reminded us, we have been blessed to come this far together. We are grateful for your faithfulness on the journey. We invite you to prayerfully consider renewing and even strengthening your commitment to our communal witness as together we take the next steps on the journey where God leads.

Peace and Blessings,


Please contact [email protected] for your congregation’s assessed per capita statement (this is based on your 2017 Statistical report).