College ministry for a new generation

Campus ministry doesn’t have to be the same-old, same-old.  Adrian McMullen, associate for collegiate ministries at Presbyterian Mission Agency, was eager to share new trends and talk about the launch of UKirk.

Read the article on the Presbyterian Outlook website

And, be sure to check out for resources, contacts, and other imaginative content!


Distance education is on the rise in seminaries

Distance learning is a rising trend in theological education.  I write as one who started the seminary journey through the University of Dubuque’s distance MDiv program.  In fact, I was the first student to be accepted into the program! Being able to take advantage of this UDTS’ program allowed me to continue working full-time, maintain my church commitments, and start seminary in an accredited program at a PCUSA seminary.

I think distance theological education is here to stay! It offers many advantages for the church by making a quality seminary education available to those who were previously hindered by location and pairing the educational process with the nurturing of the sending church community.
How do YOU think distance learning will shape the future of the church?

Read the article online at the Presbyterian Outlook website.

Download a PDF of the piece from the September 17 issue of the magazine.

Sermon video

On July 15, I had the opportunity to guest preach at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, my home congregation in Illinois.

As the key text, I used a portion of the lectionary text from Amos 7 where God asks Amos, “What do you see?” What a gift to be called to deliver a message of hope and good news!

The full service video is available online here.

(Sermon starts around minute 18)

Worship bulletin available here.

Creation of 1001 new worshipping communities headed to floor of General Assembly

Creation of 1001 new worshipping communities headed to floor of General Assembly


Written by Jana Blazek, Outlook online content manager

PITTSBURGH, July 3 — The Committee on Church Growth at the 220th General Assembly dove into work this morning as they considered, discussed, and approved one of the most promoted movements in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).