Around the PCA Fall 2021
By byFaith Staff
Around the PCA

PCA people, churches, agencies, and committees minister in a variety of settings and circumstances. Here, you’ll find a handful of upcoming opportunities to learn, grow, and get involved in our denomination’s work, all for the sake of Christ’s kingdom.

PCA Discipleship Ministries
Online Training Resources

Every fall, children’s ministry leaders search for ways to prepare everyone for the coming year. There are so many topics but not enough time or money or expertise to cover them. This year CDM responded by bringing the expertise of ministry team members and partners to churches through the GROW virtual training. This training mixes live events and recorded presentations on a range of topics. The video content (3 plenaries, 7 workshops, 8 webinars) is available for churches to use as needed through February 2022 at grow.pcacdm.org.


Church-planting Network

Mission to North America
Refugee and Immigrant Ministry

Though many international students now arriving at campuses across the United States are eager for American friendships, statistics show that 75% of them will never be invited to an American home. Check out two opportunities through EveryInternational. Their free online training videos help believers build genuine, redemptive friendships with international students. See if this is something God is calling you to, or register now to host one or more international students for a meal at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Caring for Pastor Families Impacted by Disability

When a pastor’s family is impacted by disability, the family’s extraordinary needs can significantly impact his life and ministry. How can pastors best share their families’ unique needs? How may they develop a new or greater willingness to let their congregations love and serve their families instead of always being the ones to serve others? How might congregations better encourage, buoy, and love the pastor’s entire family? Our upcoming webcast  on September 30 from 8-9:30 pm EDT, will feature pastors of various ages and stages of life who have children with disabilities. In this curated but honest discussion, we will address questions that congregations often have when seeking to love and care for a pastor’s family that is impacted by disability. Learn more and register here. 


Mission to the World

Mission to the World
New Hub Director

Pastor Greg Hills, formerly of First Presbyterian Church in Boston, joined the staff of MTW in the spring of 2021 as MTW’s first Northeast Hub director. The addition of Greg Hills means that MTW now has leadership for all five of its regional hubs. The first of MTW’s regional hubs launched in 2017 as part of a mobilization and equipping strategy to help mobilize an additional 1% of PCA members for missions and to better serve the denomination by bringing MTW closer to PCA churches. If you have not yet connected with your hub, visit www.mtw.org/hubs to learn more about what is happening in your region around missions and how we can serve your church.


Covenant College

Open Search for Chief Academic Officer

Jeff Hall, Covenant’s long-time vice president for academic affairs, is retiring after this academic year. Covenant is working with CarterBaldwin Executive Search to identify a new VPAA who embraces the Reformed faith, who values the liberal arts tradition, who is an outstanding teacher/scholar, and who can provide visionary academic leadership for the college. Learn more about this significant role and how to apply here.


Covenant Theological Seminary
Presidential Inauguration

On September 24, Covenant Theological Seminary will hold the inauguration ceremony for Tom Gibbs. The service will take place at 4 pm at the seminary’s Rayburn Chapel and be livestreamed. Click here to watch the livestream.


Reformed University Fellowship
Fall Conferences

More than 100 RUF campus ministries across the country have come together to plan more than 30 regional Fall Conferences in the coming months. Please pray that those conferences would be an encouraging time of fellowship and that hearts would be drawn to the hope of the gospel. Would you also consider providing financial help to a student who may not be able to afford the cost of attending? Contact donorservices@ruf.org to learn more about conference scholarship opportunities.

New Hires

Keith Berger is RUF’s new Chief Organizational Development Officer (CODO). This is a new position within RUF that focuses on implementing organizational strategy and leadership for RUF recruiting, assessment, orientation, and training efforts in order to promote faithful, effective, and healthy ministry staff and campus ministries. Keith has over 20 years of RUF experience as a campus minister, area coordinator, and most recently, assistant coordinator. During his tenure with RUF, he has given leadership and oversight to RUF in many of these areas and brings a wealth of experience to this position.

Michael Gordon as RUF’s new assistant coordinator. Michael has extensive experience in RUF as a student at Mercer, intern at the University of Alabama, campus minister at Savannah College of Art and Design, and most recently, area coordinator for the Mid-West. Michael also served as the Senior Pastor of Redeemer PCA in Lincoln, Nebraska, before becoming an RUF Area Coordinator in December 2016. In his new role, Michael is responsible for providing direction for the ministry of RUF (National) by leading, shepherding, developing, and coaching RUF area coordinators.

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