Our Mission Statement
We, the Synod of the Covenant,
in partnership with
our presbyteries, congregations, the General Assembly
and other faith communions,
are called and sent by God
to be a living, active and inclusive witness
to the love of Christ.
MINISTRIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
APPLICATION FOR SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN HIGHER EDUCATION MINISTRIES TO ATTEND CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENTS
The Higher Education Ministries Committee of the Synod of the Covenant has decided that moneys previously used for gatherings of campus ministers could better be spent in helping campus ministers and others to attend events of their own choosing. We therefore offer this opportunity.
Due April 30
Heart and Treasure: 2013 Annual Synod Report
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 & Luke 12:34 – NRSV)
The New Testament word translated as “treasure” literally means “a storehouse for precious items” and hence, a store or treasure; it is derived from the Greek verb which means, “to put, place, lay, set, establish”. All these nuances are appropriate descriptions are relevant when we reflect on the ministry of the church, especially our Presbyterian church. We do ministry together; we discern, plan, and accomplish ministry objectives together. We also fund, support, and evaluate ministry together as church and as faithful disciples.
Presbyterians in Michigan and Ohio have in essence built and maintained the church and the Synod of the Covenant as storehouses where together we establish priorities and organize to fulfill our mission in this region. Together, we gratefully gather our resources, skills, energies, gifts, and talents. Together we pray and discern how and where God is calling us to serve, and with whom we share this treasure. Together we agree to invest, to store, to spend, and to trade in this most amazing economy, God’s economy, the economy of life, love, justice, peace, and grace. Together we are but one heart, one mind, one body; together we serve and obey one Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
With gratitude to God and the Presbyterian disciples in this Synod, we hereby take stock of OUR Storehouse, or our treasure where our Heart lives, and where God’s heart gives life eternal. Enclosed is a quick appraisal of the resources with which God and you entrusted us in 2013. Let us celebrate and strive to outdo our generosity and ministry in 2014.
Raafat L. Zaki
Synod of the Covenant
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Assembly Papers March 2014: