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The Protestant Reformations

Author: Donald McKim, Eva Stimpson May 18, 2017

What is the difference between the Protestant Reformation and the Reformed Tradition? Is there a difference? What does it mean to say that John Calvin was a humanist? 2017 marks the 500th anniversary since Martin Luther’s 1517 reforming efforts began in Wittenberg, Germany. To mark that anniversary, the Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding series has released […]

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Baptism: Coming to the Font

Author: Donald McKim, Editor January 4, 2017

This new 7-session study in the Faith Seeking Understanding series is intentional about teaching how the practice and theology of baptism is rooted in scripture and expressed in the Presbyterian Church’s (USA) Book of Order. It teaches participants the life-changing importance of baptism– in remembering it, preparing for it, re-orienting our lives because of it.  Since the study both introduces and reviews […]

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Lenten Reflections on The Confession of Belhar

Author: Donald McKim and Kerri Allen, editors December 8, 2016

Written on the heels of the 2016 General Assembly’s adoption of The Confession of Belhar into the PCUSA Book of Confessions, this resource provides an introduction to the document as well as a collection of devotions for the season of Lent. Daily entries pair a portion of the Belhar document with scripture and offer reflective comments written by […]

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Deacons

Author: Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding Series August 10, 2016

This workbook for deacons subtitled The Ministry of Compassion and Service can be used as a group study for newly elected deacons in preparation for ordination for ordered ministry and installation or as a self-guided discernment tool. The resource includes contributions, short essays, from many long-time writers for the PCUSA such as Jack Rogers, Donald […]

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Race and Reconciliation

Author: Clifton Kirkpatrick May 3, 2016

In the introduction to this new workbook from the Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding series, Kirkpatrick suggests to readers that the current and urgent concern about race relations in America, coming at the same time as a renewed interest in two of the Presbyterian church’s confessional documents ( the Confession of Belhar and the Confession of 1967) is not just a coincidence […]

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Making Disciples,Making Leaders: A Manual for Presbyterian Church Leader Development

Author: Steven Eason and Von Clemans March 24, 2016

This manual for leader development is a very user- friendly resource.  The “workshop” approach provides churches with a ready-made,  organized,  4-week curriculum for in-depth leader training that includes case studies for discussions, study sheets, reading assignments for participants to prepare prior to meetings, small group exercises, guidelines for session exams and even sample faith statements. The […]

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Ruling Elders Workbook One: Formation

Author: PCUSA March 16, 2016

The Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding series now offers a two-workbook program for Ruling Elder training and education. The first workbook, entitled Ruling Elders: Formation provides 7 sections, or chapters, that provide readings, discussion questions, reflection/journaling and prayer topics, and study questions that refer to the Book of Order and the Book of Confessions. The […]

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Principles of Presbyterian Polity

Author: Carlos E. Wilton March 16, 2016

This book is a wonderful opportunity for Presbyterian church leaders (new or experienced officers, teachers, seminary students) to learn in a fresh, theologically rich way about how decisions are made in the Presbyterian tradition.  Wilton gives bold, sage advice as he presents concepts; for instance, on the very first page of this book, the following […]

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Quest of Faith: Understanding What you Confess

Author: Robert De Moor March 8, 2016

This older study, originally from 1989 and reprinted in 2009, would be a good resource to consider for groups of new members (especially younger adults or older teens)  who want to discuss and explore aspects of faith and theology as they clarify their own beliefs and understandings. The format of the book presents a lead […]

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