Category Archives: General Assembly Meeting

Pastoral Letter on Racial Lament and Hope interim committee begins work

 

The Interim Committee tasked with writing a Pastoral Letter on Racial Lament and Hope gathered September 20-21 to begin its work. The group met at the Office of the General Assembly in Orlando. The formation of the committee was approved by the 42nd General Assembly and appointed by that Assembly’s outgoing Moderator, Brad Strait.

The co-Chairmen of the committee are Gerrit Dawson, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, La., and Glenn Meyers, Commissioned Pastor of Ardara United Presbyterian Church in Ardara, Pa., and Moderator of the 40th General Assembly.

Glenn Meyers

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this way,” Meyers said. “God has been preparing me personally over the past few years to deal with these issues, and my experience as a Black man is part of the whole. Our pastors are on the front lines of this issue, and even some of my elders are asking me if we want to ‘poke the bear.’ It is a difficult time to be a Black man in America, and I have a new understanding of that.”

Gerrit Dawson

Dawson noted that the American church “has languished on this issue, which has allowed non-biblical groups to grab the narrative. How many of our pastors said this was the most divisive thing they talked about in 2020? I addressed it with our congregation, and after one sentence I was called both a white supremacist and a critical race theorist. It’s difficult—we are balancing the difficulty of being Black in America with the feeling of white people that they are looked at as the problem. But I am passionate that we have a better story to tell,” Dawson said.

“I can’t imagine two better individuals to shepherd this process,” said Dean Weaver, EPC Stated Clerk. “They bring different viewpoints, but their pastoral hearts will get us where need to go.”

In addition to Meyers and Dawson, members of the committee are Sean Boone, church planting pastor of Woke Bridge Community Church in Ferguson, Mo.; Ken Chang, Ruling Elder for Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo.; Linda McDaniel, Ruling Elder for Hope Church in Cordova, Tenn.; Marcos Ortega, Lead Pastor for the Beacon, N.Y., campus of Goodwill Church; George Robertson, Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis; Annie Rose, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes; Eric Shipton, Assistant Pastor and Director of Outreach and Missions for Reynolda Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Carol Williams, Ruling Elder for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sharon, Pa.

Ex officio members are Weaver; Michael Davis, Assistant Stated Clerk; Brad Strait, Senior Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo., and Chairman of the National Leadership Team; Rosemary Lukens, Ruling Elder for Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Wash., and Moderator of the 42nd General Assembly; and Joe Kim, church planting pastor of Hope Philly Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pa., and Moderator-elect of the 43rd General Assembly.

43rd General Assembly planning underway

 

Leaders of the EPC Office of the General Assembly and Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo., met at Cherry Hills on September 6 to begin planning for the denomination’s 43rd General Assembly. The suburban Denver church will host the annual meeting June 20-23, 2023.

The theme of the 43rd Assembly is “Sharpen” based on Ephesians 4:12, “… to equip the saints for building up the body of Christ, ….” For more information, see www.epc.org/ga2023.

42nd General Assembly recordings available

 

Video recordings of the 42nd General Assembly are available on the EPC website at www.epc.org/ga2022recordings. Included are the Leadership Institute plenary sessions, Church Health Workshop, worship service messages, select committee verbal reports, the nomination and election of Moderator Rosemary Lukens, and the nomination and election of Moderator-elect Joe Kim.

The videos feature Vincent Bacote, Professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.; Sandy Willson, Pastor Emeritus of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tenn.; Andrew Brunson, Founder of WaveStarters in Reston, Va.; Brad Strait, Senior Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood Colo.; Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College; Jimmy Scroggins, Lead Pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Todd Thomas, Campus Pastor of Family Church Sherbrooke in Lake Worth, Fla.; Julie Hawkins, Pastor of Next Steps at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Wash.; Scott McKee, Senior Pastor of Ward Church in Northville, Mich.; Terence Gray, Assistant Pastor of Ward Church; Marcelo Robles, Senior Pastor of La Misión Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and more.

In addition, audio recordings of the Leadership Institute seminars “Trafficking in Our Backyard” and five lectures on historical theology from the Westminster Society are available, as well as audio recordings of select Networking Lunches. These also are available in podcast form on the EPC’s podcast channel at www.podcast.epc.org as well as Spotify and iTunes—search for “Evangelical Presbyterian Church.”

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Sesay presents 3 Circles evangelism tool in Sierra Leone, West Africa

 

After returning to Sierra Leone from the 42nd General Assembly in June, Samuel Sesay presented the 3 Circles personal evangelism tool to the congregation at Grace Community Church in Freetown. Sesay is a Missionary Evangelist in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Sierra Leone and also currently serves as President of EduNations, Inc.

Among the items of business approved by the Assembly was for the EPC to enter into a formal fraternal relationship with the EPC of Sierra Leone. The 3 Circles is the recommended evangelism tool of the EPC’s Church Health Team. For more information, see www.epc.org/evangelism.

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42nd General Assembly sings God’s faithfulness

 

The “Singing Moderator” of the 40th General Assembly, Glenn Meyers, leads the 42nd General Assembly in the great hymn of the faith, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” during the final business session on June 24, 2022. Meyers serves as Commissioned Pastor of Ardara Presbyterian Church in Ardara, Pa. The 42nd General Assembly was held June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

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“In All Things” podcast provides 42nd General Assembly update from Dean Weaver

 

Episode 31 of the EPC’s podcast, “In All Things,” features Dean Weaver, EPC Stated Clerk. This week, Weaver explains the purpose behind and activities at the 42nd General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Episodes are available on a variety of podcast platforms, including Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, and others. Search “In All Things” on any of these services.

The audio recordings also are available on the EPC website at www.epc.org/inallthings.

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42nd General Assembly worship service message: Terence Gray

 

In the Thursday morning worship service on June 23 at the 42nd General Assembly, Terence Gray preached from John 13:1-17. Gray serves as Assistant Pastor at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

Gray noted that in the book Leaders Eat Last, a U.S. Marine officer explained that what made the Marines different was that its “leaders ate last.” As a result of this modelling of servant leadership, a Marine can trust that his or her officer puts the needs of the soldier first.

“We live in a celebrity culture; a day when we want to get followers,” Gray said. “But we see in John 13 that Jesus loved these people. He washed their feet. And He loves you, too.”

Gray challenged the Assembly, “So when we are asked, ‘What makes the EPC different?’ We want to able to say—we ought to be able to say—’We wash each other’s feet.”

A recording of Gray’s message will be available on the EPC website soon.

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Rosemary Lukens elected Moderator of 42nd General Assembly

 

Praying over Rosemary Lukens (second from left) following her installation as Moderator of the 42nd General Assembly are (from left) Mark Toone, Senior Pastor of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church (CHPC) in Gig Harbor, Wash.; Rachel White, Pastor of Life Groups and Alpha at CHPC; and Megan Hackman, Church Planting Pastor of Kitsap House in Port Orchard, Wash.

Rosemary Lukens, Ruling Elder for Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Wash., was elected Moderator of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly on June 22.

In her opening remarks, Lukens told the Assembly that the EPC “does not just have a mission—we are on mission: to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus as Presbyterian, Reformed, Evangelical and Missional.”

“We say we aspire to be a Revelation 7:9 denomination,” she said. “The time for aspiration is gone. Now is the time to live Revelation 7:9. If we truly are Reformed—truly are Evangelical—then how is that showing up in our churches, our Presbyteries, and our own personal lives? If you are not on Jesus’ mission, then you are robbing Him of His inheritance. Live out your calling as Evangelical—be evangelistic—by reaching your sphere of influence with the good news that saved your life and soul.”

Lukens reminded the Assembly that American culture has changed to the point that “being a Christian is no longer acceptable. We are aliens, strangers to the values and culture in which we live.”

Yet she emphasized that “our beliefs do not change with the culture. What we believe in Jesus never changes, just as He never changes.”

Lukens is a Registered Nurse by training and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science with a specialty in Coaching and Consulting in Organizations from Bastyr University’s Leadership Institute of Seattle. She holds certifications in the Conflict Dynamics Profile from the Center for Dynamics; Crucial Conversations from VitalSmarts, Inc.; The Harrison Assessment (Levels I & II) from Harrison Assessments International; the DISC Index from Innermetrix, Inc.; Benchmarks 360 from the Center for Creative Leadership; Coaching for Development from the Center for Creative Leadership; the Kolb Learning Style Inventory from the Hay Group; and the Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) from Multi-Health Systems, Inc.

An Executive Coach with extensive leadership development experience in health care and nonprofit organizations, Lukens has helped a diverse array of physicians, executive leaders, managers, and their staff members with relationships, strategy, and goal setting. She also has assisted such non-profit organizations as hospitals, physician groups, city governments, universities, and churches adopt practices and build cultures that appreciate and embrace change, improve performance, and optimize talent. Her areas of professional expertise include coaching and consulting with individual developmental planning; conflict reconciliation; leadership development for teams and individuals; program and curriculum development; and workshop, meeting, and classroom facilitation.

In addition to being a Ruling Elder, she serves CHPC as a certified Spiritual Director, Lay Counselor, and Leadership Coach/Consultant. She is a member of the EPC’s National Leadership Team (NLT) and was a member of the Stated Clerk Search Committee. She also serves as a volunteer board member with VitalChurch Ministries.

She is married to David Lukens, DO, and they have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 “adopted” grandchildren.

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Live stream webcast available for 42nd General Assembly worship, business sessions

 

The 42nd General Assembly worship services, business sessions, and Leadership Institute plenary sessions are available via live stream online at www.epc.org/ga2022livestream and in the GA mobile app.

The Assembly is at Ward Church in Northville, Mich., June 21-24.

Note that the global worker commissioning portion of the Thursday evening worship service will not be broadcast due to security concerns.

Following the Assembly, recordings of the Leadership Institute plenary sessions, worship services, and select networking lunches and other Leadership Institute seminars will be available.

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2022 Leadership Institute: Evangelism in Colonial Presbyterianism

 

In the Westminster Society’s series of lectures at the 2022 Leadership Institute, Don Fortson provided an overview of Presbyterianism in colonial America in the 1600-1700s.

Fortson discussed Francis Makemie, known as “the Father of American Presbyterianism.” Makemie was one of seven ministers in the initial Presbytery of Philadelphia meeting in 1706—the first Presbytery in North America.

“We have the minutes from 1706-1746, and they are fascinating to read. Presbyterians haven’t learned a thing in 300 years,” he quipped. “We are still fussing about the same things and concerned about the same things.”

Fortson also traced how waves of Scotch-Irish immigrants in the early 1700s led to the spread of the gospel in the Middle Atlantic region, including colonial Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Among these immigrants was William Tennent, founder of the “Log College” that emphasized personal piety—what Tennent called “Experimental Divinity.” Many of its students later became leaders of the First Great Awakening in the 1730s and 1740.

Fortson serves as Professor of Church History and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Charlotte, N.C., campus. He is the author of Liberty in Non-Essentials: The Story of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and five other books on Christian and Presbyterian history.

The Leadership Institute is part of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly, June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

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2022 Leadership Institute: The Art of Manfishing

 

In the Westminster Society’s series of lectures at the 2022 Leadership Institute, Zach Hopkins discussed gleanings from the Thomas Boston book, The Art of Manfishing. The Scottish Presbyterian Pastor wrote the book in 1699 when he was 22 years old.

“Seeing I am called out to preach this everlasting gospel, it is my duty to endeavor, and it is my desire to be (Lord, Thou knowest) a fisher of men,” Hopkins quoted Boston.

Reflecting on Boston’s life serving two small Kirks in southeast Scotland, Hopkins noted, “It is not where a minister serves, but the quality of service that counts.”

Hopkins serves as Pastor of Edgington Presbyterian Church in Taylor Ridge, Ill.

The Leadership Institute is part of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly, June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

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2022 Leadership Institute: Pursuit of Public Fidelity

 

In the 2022 Leadership Institute plenary session, “Pursuit of Public Fidelity,” Vincent Bacote and Sandy Willson took questions from the audience in a variety of topics related to ministering in the public square.

In response to a question about discussing politics in the church, Willson noted that “we want our nations to have righteous laws, but we also want to be the people of grace.”

“You have to love people, but in doing that you will take some heat sometimes,” Willson said. “It’s always both/and in society as Christians. I think Peter is saying in his first epistle, ‘just behave yourselves.’ If there is injustice, let’s address it in the most humble and generous way we can. There are moments that we are just misbehaving like teenagers who don’t want to be told what to do.”

Addressing a question about political candidates, Bacote said “don’t expect candidates to be Messiah.”

“We act like we are electing a king, and then when they don’t act like we want we say, ‘I thought you were going to act like a monarch and rule by fiat.'”

Bacote reminded the audience that not all Americans are Christians.

“So how are you making some penultimate good in terms of public policy?” he asked. “It can’t just be a single-issue thing because most of politics is not a single issue. What kind of person are they? Do they want to be a public servant, or just someone being skillful in using rhetoric but their desire is for status or power. Are we in the service of their ambition?”

He emphasized that power itself is not necessarily a problem,

“How do you use it? How do you steward it? How do you direct it?” Bacote asked. “How are you going to implement justice if you don’t have power? So power is not the problem. The unique agency and opportunity we have is to be in this thing with sinful people. We recognize that some people will misuse power, but the fact of misuse doesn’t make the power itself the problem. Anything can be misused.”

Bacote is Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life and The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper.

Willson currently serves as Interim Senior Minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Birmingham, Alabama. He served as Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1998-2017, when he was named Pastor Emeritus.

The Leadership Institute is part of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly, June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

A recording of Bacote and Willson’s session will be available on the EPC website soon.

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2022 Leadership Institute: Westminster Society session 2

 

In the Westminster Society’s series of lectures at the 2022 Leadership Institute, Aaron White discussed “Evangelism and Mission in the New Testament.”

“Jesus’ in the euangelizomai in the New Testament, and we see three stages of the Greek word in Luke-Acts. With John the Baptist, it was imminently arriving. With Jesus, it arrived. With the disciples, it is extending,” he said.

“John the Baptist straddles the prophecy and arrival, and points to the imminent arrival of God’s Kingdom. In Jesus, it’s here, it’s near, and it’s coming. In Acts 8, we see ‘now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.’”

White serves as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in South Charleston, Ohio.

The Leadership Institute is part of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly, June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

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2022 Leadership Institute: Trafficking in Our Backyards

 

In the 2022 Leadership Institute seminar, “Trafficking In Our Backyards,” Bonnie Gatchell began by reporting some statistics about the sex industry in the United States.

“The average age of entry into the sex industry in the U.S. is 12, and many people think that is actually high,” she said. “Seventy percent are girls who have aged out of the foster system and have nowhere to go. It’s important to see women in strip clubs as the victims they are. No girl wants to be a stripper when she grows up.”

Gatchell said the primary reason women leave the sex industry is “one trusting relationship encouraging them” to live a different life.

“Traffickers are really good at recognizing vulnerable people. The church needs to be better.”

Gatchell is a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the East and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Route One Ministry, a Boston-based non-profit organization that serves women who are sexually exploited.

The Leadership Institute is part of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly, June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

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2022 Leadership Institute: Westminster Society session 1

 

In the Westminster Society’s series of lectures at the 2022 Leadership Institute, Scott Redd discussed “Evangelism and Mission in the Old Testament.”

“Just as Adam and Eve were not meant to stay in the Garden but to fill the whole earth, with Abraham the goal was that all the families of the earth would be blessed,” he told attendees. “The Psalmist said, ‘All of the earth will be filled His glory.’ It was never about one nation or one family.”

Redd serves as President and Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Washington, D.C., campus.

The Leadership Institute is part of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly, June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

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“In All Things” podcast episode 30 previews 42nd General Assembly with host pastor Scott McKee

 

Episode 30 of the EPC’s podcast, “In All Things,” features Scott McKee, Senior Pastor of Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

This week, host Dean Weaver and McKee discuss preparations for the denomination’s June 21-24 annual meeting including how the worship service speakers will help develop the theme of “Recharge” based on Acts 1:8. The two also discuss several business items coming before the Assembly—including McKee’s involvement in the Giving Culture Study Committee and how that group helped lay the groundwork for Recommendation 42:11 to change the funding model from Per Member Asking (PMA) to Percentage of Income (POI).

Episodes are available on a variety of podcast platforms, including Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, and others. Search “In All Things” on any of these services.

The audio recordings also are available on the EPC website at www.epc.org/inallthings.

Updated mobile app available for 42nd General Assembly

 

The EPC’s mobile app—updated for the 42nd General Assembly—is now available for Apple iOS and Android operating systems.

The app includes a wide variety of information, including daily schedules, all GA-related documents including the Commissioner’s Handbook of action items and other information, permanent and interim committee reports, standing committee assignments and meeting details, and more. Users can donate to the worship service offerings and send prayer requests to the host church prayer team. The app also offers one-touch access to EPConnection—the EPC’s news and information service—and the denomination’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Previous users of the iOS version will need to update to version 1.6 for the most current content (look for the EPC GA app under the “Updates” tab of the App Store on your device).

New users can click here to download the GA app for iOS; click here to download for Android, or search for “EPC GA” in the iPhone App Store or the Google Play Store app.

The app was developed by the EPC Communications Department and AppsforMinistry.com.

The 42nd General Assembly is June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

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#epc2022ga the official General Assembly hashtag

 

Add your voice to the proceedings of the 42nd General Assembly by including the hashtag #epc2022ga on your social media posts. Connect your message with others on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

If you are not attending the Assembly, you can watch the live stream and monitor the social media feed at the same time at www.epc.org/ga2022livestream. The Leadership Institute plenary sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the worship services, and the business sessions will be available on the stream.

Audio recordings of select Leadership Institute workshops and Networking Lunches will be available following the Assembly.

Start connecting!

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42nd General Assembly Recommendation 42:11 preview: EPC funding formula

 

In a follow-up to Episode 2 of EPC Stated Clerk Dean Weaver’s quarterly video series posted May 25, Weaver explains the rationale behind Recommendation 42-11 coming to the 42nd General Assembly. The denomination’s annual meeting is June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

Recommendation 42-11 from the National Leadership Team recommends that the 42nd General Assembly approve the transition from “PMA” (Per Member Asking) to “POI” (Percentage of Income) as the future funding initiative for the EPC.

42nd General Assembly final preparations underway

 

In an annual tradition, it’s “all hands on deck” for the staff of the Office of the General Assembly compiling registration packets for the 42nd General Assembly. Ensuring that each Commissioner’s lanyard receives the proper credentials, meal tickets, and more are Joan Smith, Cathy Flores, Rachel Joseph, Catherine Rutter, Michael Davis, April Hair, Cassie Shultz, Dean Weaver, Marti Ratcliff, Vanessa Mullendore, and Zenaida Bermudez.

The 42nd General Assembly will be held June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

Go to www.epc.org/ga2022 for complete GA information, including schedule, worship speakers, business session documents, and more.
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Jesus Film executive to speak at GA World Outreach banquet

 

Erick Schenkel

Erick Schenkel, former Executive Director of the Jesus Film Project, will be the speaker for the World Outreach banquet on Tuesday, June 21, at the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly. The Assembly will be held June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

Schenkel’s appearance is “great blessing” that resulted from an unforeseen scheduling conflict with the originally announced speaker.

“I worked closely with Erick for six years, and his passion for reaching the world for Christ is completely infectious,” said Gabriel de Guia, Executive Director of EPC World Outreach. “It is a great blessing that he is speaking at our Tuesday evening banquet. As we will all hear on Wednesday as well, he and his family bear the scars of persecution for his commitment to Christ. I have no doubt that what we saw as a scheduling problem, God in His sovereignty had planned all along.”

For more than 40 years, Schenkel served as a church planter, pastor, and missionary to Central Asia and the Middle East. He was Executive Director of Jesus Film Project (a division of Cru) from 2012-18. He holds four degrees from Harvard University, including a PhD in American religious history. He is the author of The Rich Man and the Kingdom: John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the Protestant Establish Establishment and Everyone, Everywhere: Glimpses of God’s Global Work through People Like You. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have five children and four grandchildren. They continue to serve with Cru and live in Orlando, Fla.

Schenkel also appears at the 42nd General Assembly on Wednesday, June 22, as part of a Leadership Institute panel discussion, “Real Lessons from Real Persecution.” Other panel guests include Andrew Brunson, Setan Lee, Clay Jones, and Brad Strait.

For more information about this year’s Leadership Institute, see www.epc.org/ga2022leadershipinstitute .

For additional World Outreach activities at the 42nd General Assembly, see www.epc.org/ga2022worldoutreachevents.

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42nd General Assembly Recommendation 42:10 preview: Pastoral Letter on Racial Lament and Hope

 

In a follow-up to Episode 2 of EPC Stated Clerk Dean Weaver’s quarterly video series posted May 25, Weaver explains the rationale behind Recommendation 42-10 coming to the 42nd General Assembly. The denomination’s annual meeting is June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

Recommendation 42-10 from the National Leadership Team recommends that the 42nd General Assembly approve the establishment of a Moderator-appointed Ad Interim Committee to write a Pastoral Letter of Racial Lament and Hope.

“In All Things” podcast episode 28 features 41st General Assembly Moderator Brad Strait

 

Episode 28 of the EPC’s podcast, “In All Things,” features Brad Strait, Lead Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo., and Moderator of the 41st General Assembly.

This week, host Dean Weaver and Strait look back on his year as Moderator of the Assembly, and peer into the future as Strait serves the next year as Chairman of the denomination’s National Leadership Team.

Strait also describes two seminars on persecution at the EPC’s Leadership Institute on June 21-22 that he is co-leading with Andrew Brunson, EPC Teaching Elder who was imprisoned in Turkey from 2016-2018. In the first, Brunson will share his experience of being persecuted for his faith and what believers in the western world can expect as hostility toward Jesus and the gospel grows. In the second, Brunson and Strait will be joined by a panel of Christian leaders who have experienced significant persecution, including EPC Teaching Elder Setan Lee, who escaped the “killing fields” genocide of the Communist Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia in the 1970s, and Erick Schenkel, Executive Director of Cru’s “The Jesus Film Project.”

Episodes are available on a variety of podcast platforms, including Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, and others. Search “In All Things” on any of these services.

The audio recordings also are available on the EPC website at www.epc.org/inallthings.

GA worship services focus on Assembly theme of ‘Recharge’

 

For more than 40 years, worship has been a central component of the EPC General Assembly meeting. This year’s Assembly is no exception, and the worship speakers will speak to the theme, “Recharge.” The 42nd GA will be held June 21-24 at Ward Church in Northville, Mich.

Julie Hawkins, Pastor of Next Steps at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Wash., will preach prior to the opening business session on Wednesday, June 22. Her message, “Powered Up by Prayer” from Acts 4:23-31, will challenge attendees to prayer that results in courageous proclamation of God’s Word. The service begins at 3:15 p.m. (Eastern).

Scott McKee, Senior Pastor of Ward Church, will preach on Wednesday evening, June 22. His message, “To a Thousand Generations,” is based on Exodus 20:45. An offering will be received for the EPC’s Care of Pastors and Spouses Fund. Proceeds will fund projects designed to help restore the emotional and spiritual health of EPC pastors. The service begins at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern).

Terence Gray, Ward Church Assistant Pastor, will deliver the message at the Morning Worship Service on Thursday, June 23. His message, “The Church: A Recharging Community,” is based on John 13:1-17. An offering will be received for the Tim Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations will assist EPC students from under-resourced communities studying at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Russell, who served as Assistant Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, succumbed to COVID-19 in March 2020. The service begins at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern).

Marcelo Robles will preach from Acts 1:8 in the Global Worker Commissioning Service on Thursday evening, June 23. Robles serves as Senior Pastor of La Misión Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An offering will be received for the EPC’s Restore Global Worker Health Fund. Proceeds will fund projects designed to help restore the emotional and spiritual health of World Outreach global workers. The service begins at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern).

Brad Strait, Moderator of the 41st General Assembly, will lead the Moderator’s Service of Communion and Prayer at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Friday, June 24. His message, “Declare His Glory Among the Nations, His Marvelous Deeds Among all Peoples” focuses on 1 Chronicles 16:24. An offering will be received for the EPC’s Moderator’s Scholarship Fund. Donations provide financial assistance to offset travel costs for ministers and Ruling Elders from smaller EPC churches who otherwise may not be able to attend General Assembly.

Click here for more information about the 42nd General Assembly, including daily schedules, the Leadership Institute, GA business items, and more.

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