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What Is a ‘New Initiative’:  A Working Definition for Ministry Innovators

What Is a ‘New Initiative?’   A Working Definition for Ministry Innovators

A new initiative might be a project built on a bare foundation that seeks to utilize the gifts already present in a community to embody the good news of Jesus Christ in a particular time and place as we address concrete needs, build community, empower leaders, etc.

A new initiative might also be an advancement to a pre-existing effort that makes a long-standing initiative more holistic, expansive, and faithful to what it can mean to be the church in a particular time and place. The invitation to dream about new initiatives is an invitation to adapt ministry, guided by the Spirit, to the changing community in our pews and the changing world around us as participants in God’s mission of reconciliation.

Click below on helpful resources on understanding and dreaming about new initiatives:

Exploring Missional Leadership: An Assessment Offered by 1001 NWC

The Presbytery of Philadelphia will be hosting an Exploring Missional Leadership at East Falls Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 18 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event is in partnership with the 1oo1 New Worshiping Communities movement through the PCUSA.

If you are interested in exploring what gifts God has given you for missional leadership, this is the event for you. Click here for flyer . 



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March For Our Lives Philadelphia


March For Our Lives Event in Philadelphia

Interested in participating in March for Our Lives Philadelphia, a local extension of the national #MarchforOurLives on March 24? Did You Know: A contingent from our Presbytery will meet at Cafe Square One (50 S 3rd St) as a part of the local Philly extension of #MarchforOurLives. We will gather at 9:30 am.

RSVP for the local #MarchforOurLives in Center City, Philadelphia here:


RSVP your interest in participating on March 24 in the Philadelphia for the March For Our Lives event


Self Development of People 2017 Fund Recipients

The Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Self-Development of People Committee is pleased to announce the African Family Health Organization and the Black Male Leadership Initiative and have been awarded grants from the 2017 National Self Development of People Fund (PCUSA). Each program has been awarded $8,000 for programmatic activities.

The African Family Health Organization applied for the 2017 SDOP grant to support its African Women’s Empowerment Program. The African Women’s Empowerment Program’s primary goal is to strengthen the ability of vulnerable African and refugee women with multiple and complex needs to move to independence and stability in the communities in which they reside. The program helps African immigrant and refugee women to improve their access to basic needs and mainstream resources by providing ESL classes, interpretation resources in dealing with bureaucracies, as well as parenting and life skills training.

The Black Male Leadership Initiative is a partnership between First African Presbyterian Church and The Fatherhood Institute. It is an intergenerational program that uses an African-centered curriculum to promote mentoring relationships between adult males and boys 10-18 years old. Promoting education, spiritual formation, and life skills are emphasized. Trips to post-secondary institutions and cultural venues are planned this year.

How is Self-Development of People Funded? Proceeds from One Great Hour of Sharing are divided among Hunger Efforts, Disaster Relief, and the Self-Development of People. This year, Self-Development of People Sunday will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Churches are encouraged to highlight the work and witness of SDOP. For more information, please visit the national SDOP

Orders Your 2018-2019 Presbyterian Planning Calendars

The Presbytery Planning Calendars are now available to order through the Presbytery office!

Order Your Planning Calendars by Friday, April 27, 2017 for the 2018-2019 Presbyterian Planning Calendar.  This calendar is an invaluable resource for the whole church that includes photographs of Presbyterians living out their faith across the country and around the world. This 19-month calendar contains many planning aids for pastors and other church leaders.

In the calendar, you will find the lectionary for Sundays and special days, liturgical days, liturgical colors, resource information for PC(USA) programmatic emphases, updated synod, presbytery and Presbyterian Mission Agency staff directories, color foldout synod/presbytery and world maps. Calendar pages begin with June 2018 and end with December 2019.

The total cost for each calendar is $9.50, which includes the cost of shipping to the Presbytery. 

Calendars will be made available at the Presbytery office for pick-up. Please include your check (Payable to the Presbytery) for the appropriate amount. Call 215.242.1400, ext 329 for more information.

Please place your order now!

Planning Calendar Order

order form for Presbytery Planning Calendars

Urban Ministry Network Exploring Partnerships for Local Gathering of New Poor People’s Campaign

The Urban Ministry Network of the Presbytery of Philadelphia and the National Black Presbyterian Caucus are in the exploratory stages of collaborating with ecumenical partners for a local gathering of the New Poor People’s Campaign on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.


If you or your church are interested in partnering, contact Rev. Adan Mairena at [email protected]

One Great Hour of Sharing: Sharing Resources and Changing Lives



Most congregations receive “OGHS” on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday or both, while many receive it throughout Lent—however, you can help sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs that are supported by One Great Hour of Sharing Offering by making an online gift at any time throughout the year. Checks may be sent care of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.


A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.


The Common Place Provides Transformational Community Service Opportunities

A Common Mission Experience is a 6 week, service-oriented empowerment program that provides an opportunity for groups of all faiths and religious backgrounds to learn and work alongside one another within the Southwest Philadelphia community. During this experience, each group will lodge at The Common Place facility for one week while participating in purposeful activities and providing service to various partner sites in and around Southwest Philadelphia. Throughout this week-long experience, groups will participate in spiritual meditation and activities under the supervision of group leaders and Common Place staff.  These projects are designed to immerse groups into experiences that encourage both personal and spiritual development. Activities include themes such as individual achievements, interfaith service and understanding, justice, and peacemaking.

The Common Place will provide lodging, meals, and transportation for each group in addition to evening programming. Groups can expect to have fun, make new friends, and learn more about faith development.

If you are interested in becoming a service site, please fill out this questionnaire and A Common Mission Experience staff will contact you.


  • To find out how to register for this amazing program, contact Rai Lewis [email protected]
  • Whether you are joining us as a full team or individual person, we invite you to join us for A Common Mission Experience.
  • Registration cost $300 per person and includes meals, lodging, activities… and more!
  • All participants must complete a registration packet by April 30, 2018.

Great Ends Grant Diakonos Fund

The Diakonos Fund grants are available for mission initiatives that provide for the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God. Programming such as food pantries, care closets, and holiday food distribution drives are eligible for Diakonos Fund grants. This fund is created by combining the Hunger Fund, Cents-ability, and the Sole Project; ongoing funding will come from individual churches and a portion of the offerings taken at Presbytery meetings. Grant Range: $400 – $2,800

Great Ends Grant for Ministry and Leadership Development Fund

The Ministry and Leadership Development Fund (formerly Church Leadership Development) particularly seeks to equip the faithful in and around the Presbytery of Philadelphia in “the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world. Grant Range: $300-$2,500