Normally 35th & Main centers around an event that one of PMC’s five Core Ministries organized. This time however, will be about the Core Ministry Summit, a once-a-year planning meeting that involved all five Core Ministries. The core ministries are Faith Formation, Worship, Children & Youth, Congregational Life, and Community Outreach. I (Rachel) am the Pastoral Liaison to Core Ministries—which means it’s my job to be up to speed on what each of them is doing!
At the Core Ministry Summit on May 5 we began with an introduction of three fictional households that helped guide our discussion toward answers to real issues. The summit centered around the question, “How will your core ministry help these folks follow Jesus in the city?” We as a congregation continue to focus on what it means to “seek the peace of the city,” and in the coming school year the emphasis will be on becoming Christian “in the city.”
After much conversation two commonalities surfaced, storytelling and relationship building. One practical idea came from the Children & Youth along with the Faith Formation Core Ministry Team. Erin Holcomb (chair of Faith Formation) spoke of people from the congregation sharing their story/testimony for the older kids, youth, and adults. Such a series could take the form of combined youth/adult Sunday school class or an ongoing monthly event.
If you have other practical ways we might grow as Christians in the city this coming school year please contact me.
~Rachel Ringenberg Miller