‘I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.’ -Philippians 1:6
The Presbytery of Lake Erie partners with your church as you engage your community with the Good News! While your Session is the one that sets the direction, your Presbytery has resources to help you fulfill your ministry. No church could use all these resources, but every single congregation can use some of them. Check them out! Your Presbytery wants you to succeed in sharing Jesus in your community!
There are several financial resources that can help your church ministry succeed, including:
Bold New Initiatives. A new creative ministry idea in your congregation? Not enough money to fund it? Consider applying for a Bold New Initiative Grant to share the cost. Access the form at https://pbylakeerie.org/financial-resource-churches/.
Energy Efficiency Grants. Your Presbytery offers matching grants up to $500 for efforts to make your church building more energy efficient. Access more information at https://pbylakeerie.org/financial-resource-churches/.
Loans for Capital Improvements. Your Presbytery makes loans to churches, below market rates, for capital improvements. Contact the Trustees for more information at [email protected].
Wee Kirk. Planning to attend Wee Kirk to strengthen the ministry of your church? Contact [email protected] for a partial scholarship.
Mission Trip Travel Grant. Is your church engaging in a mission trip beyond your community? If so, consider applying for a mission travel grant at https://pbylakeerie.org/financial-resource-churches/.
Seminary Grants. Are you attending seminary? Or taking commissioned pastor classes? If so, your Presbytery wants to assist with scholarships. Contact [email protected].
Technology Grants. Are you upgrading your church’s technology capabilities? In the office? In your sanctuary? Consider applying for a technology grant at [email protected].
Outward Mission Grants. Is there a ministry in your community in which your church is an active participant? If so, your Session may want to apply for an Outward Mission Grant at https://pbylakeerie.org/financial-resource-churches/.
Mobility Assistance Grants. Accessibility in church buildings is an increasing issue – ramps, bathrooms, elevators, etc. If you are engaging in such a project you may qualify for a Mobility Assistance Grant at https://pbylakeerie.org/financial-resource-churches/.
Continuing Education for Church Leaders. Does a church leader in your congregation desire to participate in a regional or national PCUSA related educational training event? Depending on the topic the Christian Education, Congregational Life, or Mission and Social Witness Committees may have scholarship assistance available. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Emergency Assistance for Pastors. There are times when personal resources of a pastor and congregational resources are unable to provide for unexpected pastoral emergency needs. In such circumstances contact [email protected] for further discussion on the best way for your Presbytery to partner with Session and pastor to address the issue.
Training, Growth and Mission Resources:
Your Presbytery desires for believers to grow in knowledge, wisdom and experience. To aid in doing that your Presbytery provides:
Resource Center. This Center, located at 2816 Elmwood Avenue, Erie, includes thousands of relevant and current resources for the thoughtful Christian. You will find a multitude of interactive materials for youth and adult. To learn more contact [email protected]
Retreat Experiences for Pastors and Commissioned Pastors. Your Presbytery, in partnership with Western New York Presbytery, provides an annual retreat for pastors and commissioned pastors. The speaker each year is a regionally or nationally known leader who provides rich insights to enhance ministry. All pastors are encouraged to participate in this quality continuing education event quite affordable and close to home. For more information about this midwinter event contact [email protected].
International Partnership with Ghana.
For seven years your Presbytery has engaged in an international mission partnership with the Upper Northern Presbytery, Ghana. This relationship has provided keen insight about what the church in Africa has to teach North American Christians. This partnership is a two way street through which we learn from each other. To learn more about this dynamic partnership contact the coordinator Donna Cammarata at [email protected].
Outdoor Ministries. Your Presbytery provides outdoor ministry opportunities for youth and adult each summer at Camp Lambec. For more information contact [email protected].
Wee Kirk. The regional fall gathering brings together a wide range of church leaders from dozens of presbyteries for worship, training and fellowship. Many who participate find it to be energizing. For more information contact [email protected].
Periodic Training Events. The committees of your Presbytery provide periodic training events for both youth and adults. For further information check the Presbytery website at https://pbylakeerie.org on a regular basis.
Thinking Toward the Future:
Your Presbytery is far more than a Sunday morning worship experience! It also provides the opportunity to reflect deeply about who God is and where God is leading. Your Committee on Ministry encourages Sessions to utilize a church facilitator to discuss substantive issues which can lead to transformative change for the congregation you lead. For more information contact [email protected].