July 20, 2019 Stated Meeting Re-Cap

M. Courtenay Willcox Bio, August 2019

M. Courtenay Willcox lives out her life’s priorities of family, faith, and environment in her activities and involvements. Receiving a Master of Divinity in May from United Lutheran Seminary in Mt. Airy is her most recent life event, and those three years brought public theology to the forefront in her attention and actions. A cradle Presbyterian, Courtenay is a former Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and served on the Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry. As a Commissioned Ruling Elder, she has preached in more than thirty local congregations. A life-long member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, she is part of four-generations of Teaching and Ruling Elders. Her grandfather, Harold T. Smith, was the first associate pastor at BMPC and lived in Converse House in the late 1950s and early 1960s, so for Courtenay, visiting her grandparents was a wonderful coming together of family, church, and God. She is thankful that her church took seriously the promises made at her baptism and helped shape her Christian faith. At BMPC, she especially enjoys working with youth and teaching Confirmation class, moderating the Environmental Justice Committee, and serving on the Eugene C. Bay Fund. She is looking forward to being involved in the life of the Presbytery during Ruth’s sabbatical and Cassie’s maternity leave. Spending time in the Outer Banks with husband Tom, three adult children, a son-in-law and schnoodle is a gratefully received gift. There is nothing like a sunrise walk on the beach!

West Philadelphia Presbyterian Partnership

Presbytery of Philadelphia May 21 Meeting: Recap & Resources

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 pensions.org/HPHC

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

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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.