Updates and Changes for the Progressive Christian Alliance

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”


— C. JoyBell c

Hello, Friends!

There is a lot of change happening in the background for the Progressive Christian Alliance. I know that we have been promising change for awhile now, and while we had some roadblocks last year getting these changes off the ground, we are now moving full steam ahead!

The biggest project we are working on, is implementing our membership program for laity, clergy, and churches, and streamlining our ordination process. Our Ordination Committee Chair, Rev. Marie Bat’el and our Leadership Co-char, Rev. Alaina Cobb will be working on improving our document systems and making the process more clear for both those seeking ordination and for our Ordination Committee Mentors. I’m hoping that we’ll have this process fully fleshed out and in place by the end of this Summer.

Another major project will be updating our website. Along with the new membership process, we are also planning to add a progressive Christian resource page for clergy and laity, bringing back the ProgCA Clergy Directory,  and many other enhancements. If you have any ideas for resources that should go on the resource page, please feel free to send it to us.

Some other future projects that we have in the pipeline are:

  • Launch of our YouTube channel where we can showcase videos of our clergy and churches in action.
  • Livestream Q&A sessions with the Leadership Council on YouTube
  • Launch of mailing lists for members to receive news directly about ProgCA happenings.
  • A possible online Convocation for 2020.

We hope that you will continue to have patience with us as these projects come into fruition. The Progressive Christian Alliance is completely run by volunteers and it may seem that these changes are slow, but I assure you, we are doing our best to make sure we can serve all of you as well as we possibly can.

If you have suggestions, or would like to volunteer to help with any of these projects, please contact us!

Again, thank you all for your patience and grace during this time of change. Change is never easy, but I hope, in the end, we will become a stronger and more efficient organization.

Blessings,

Rev. Gina

5 responses to “Updates and Changes for the Progressive Christian Alliance

  1. Barbara Tarvid

    Am I still a member of the Ordination committee? Haven’t heard from anyone in a while.

  2. Terry J. Lapierre-McGuire

    Awesome!

  3. Today I had a meeting with a small number of our “refreshing ministry” team, whose ministries are not so much to lead worship but to live the gospel among a variety of communities – including: asylum seekers, the LGBT+ community; bikers, people whose mental health struggles are a symptom of societal misfunction, the homeless and others.

    One of the denominations that has been inviting me to lead worship met two of our ministers who, having survived the UK mental health system, set up a successful ministry that by focusing on personhood has led to significant reductions in reliance on traditional “expertise” and is now part of the mainstream offer, with a track record of liberating and empowering the previously dependent. They asked if refreshing ministers like them might consider leading worship occasionally to enable church members to better understand how a non proselytising gospel is helping people live stronger, happier, healthier more fulfilled lives.

    It’s early days, but everyone in the conversation is excited that we are at the start of something that could prove a dynamic strand in the emerging, inclusive church: a step away from guilt and blame towards grace and wholesomeness.

    Just thought to share this here – though refreshing ministers are not all PCA ordained, they are part of the growing movement of those who embrace the change that communities and the rest of the web of life are desperate for.

  4. As a member of the Ordination committee, I think it would be interesting to know what other PCA members are doing in their respective ministries.it could serve as encouragement to others .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *