Covenant Connections

Telling the stories of churches and ministries throughout our Presbytery

Draw the Circle Wide: Youth Mission and Conversations on Race, Bias, and Privilege

by Rev. Greg Klimovitz Something sacred happens when the church creates space for young people to form community across various lines of division. This was evident in the summer of 2016, as the youth ministry of Abington Presbyterian Church partnered with Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church* in Baltimore. Fourteen youth from this suburban Philadelphia […]

Small Churches Host Large Expressions of Service and Hospitality

Rev. Greg Klimovitz || May 27, 2016 What can a church, whose worship attendance hovers around 70, do to engage their local community? The faithful saints who gather at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield (Flourtown) connected with local mission partners and area churches to host over 200 neighbors for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day […]

Teaching Churches and a Teaching Presbytery: Year One of the Ministry and Leadership Incubator

Rev. Greg Klimovitz || May 6, 2016 Our call to teach and equip the saints for new forms of ministry is critical for the work and witness of the church in the twenty-first century. This was the impetus for the 2015 launch of the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Ministry and Leadership Incubator. Along with an eight-week […]

Presbytery Partners with Creative New Congregational Ministries: Covenant Fund Grant Program

By Rev. Greg Klimovitz When churches and related ministries in the Greater Philadelphia region dream about new initiatives in their communities, the Presbytery of Philadelphia aims to be a primary partner of empowerment. This is the framework in which the Covenant Fund grant program has existed since 2008. The Covenant Fund was inaugurated nearly ten […]

Kirkwood Camp: Moving from Neighbors to Partners with the Presbytery of Lehigh

by Rev. Greg Klimovitz Local neighbors are frequently the most effective partners for creative ministry initiatives. This has been a learned and generative truth for the leadership of Kirkwood Camp ever since merging with Camp Brainerd of Lehigh Presbytery in 2015. Previously located a mere five miles apart, the two camps forged a new future […]