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Vision for the 21st Century Church

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variety of images reflecting values of the vision for the 21st century church.


Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson speaks at a Public Witness event at the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis.

The Stated Clerk has called the PC(USA) to live into the fullness of being the church in the 21st century. This means identifying the values integral to our identity and embracing creativity and openness in order to be more fully inclusive, flexible, and faithful.

We are a church that values relationship building: among commissioners, within committees, in communities throughout the denomination, and with ecumenical and interfaith partners.
We are a church that aspires to empower all voices and privileges none: seeking consensus whenever possible while providing space for mutual discernment and practice, exploring revisions to the Book of Order and Standing Rules, and supporting minority participation in every way, from technical support to leadership development.
We are a church that sparks radical reconciliation: acknowledging our past, seeking community partners across the denomination, and offering easily accessible and effective resources for all Presbyterians, especially Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Ruling Elders.
We are a church that aspires to connect and collaborate more than simply through a biannual meeting: cultivating two-year General Assembly Commissioner commitment, impacting the surrounding community in a lasting way beyond the economic impact of a large gathering, and incubating innovative and creative ministries.
We are a church that upholds a faithful theology and practice of stewardship: care for the earth through sustainable gatherings, health and safety of all in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, financial realities while providing space and freeing funds for innovative ministry rather than convention-style gatherings, and enlivening an expansive public theology that speaks to the world with a distinctive Reformed-Presbyterian voice.

We are a church that better serves the 21st-century PC(USA): agile decision making, leaner and more flexible national structure that clarifies institutional leadership and roles, and more technically and interactively proficient, clear, current, and compelling communications to the denomination and throughout the world.


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