This ministry supports the leaders and members of small churches -- congregations that make up the overwhelming majority of POJ churches -- by providing engaging opportunities for education about growth and mission, networking among leaders, and promoting the Good News of the vital small church.
Small Church Grants
The Presbytery offers grants of up to $5,000 to congregations with 100 or less in attendance for emergency repairs or to promote a new ministry within their community. The grants are determined by need, and the grant fund is limited.
Small Church Intern Program
With the majority of PC(USA) churches considered small, preparing for the unique aspects of life as a solo pastor in a small church is an important part of seminary education. The Small Church Intern Program plans seminars to educate seminary-approved interns in this particular calling of ministry. It also provides financial support to small churches who support an intern for an academic year, helping to defray the costs of stipends and mileage.