Nearly two thirds of POJ's congregations fall into the category of small churches, those with fewer than 100 members. This ministry supports the leaders and members of small churches by providing engaging opportunities for education about growth and mission, networking among leaders, and promoting the Good News of the vital small church.


Kerra English, moderator

Programs for Small Churches in Presbytery of the James

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.

Read about Union Presbyterian Seminary's Supervised Ministry (internship) program.

For specific questions, contact:


Emergency/New Ministry Grants

Small Church Ministry offers grants of up to $5,000 for emergency repairs or to promote a new ministry within their community. The grants are determined by need and the grant fund is limited.

Overview  |  Application (PDF)


Website Grants

Small Church Ministry offers a grant to help small churches in our presbytery develop and host websites. Selected churches will work with POJ's communications associate to create websites with hosting costs for three years funded by POJ.

Overview  |  Application

Be Part of Small Church Ministry Across the Presbytery

The Small Church Ministry is looking for pastors and congregational leaders who are interested in helping the presbytery care for our smaller congregations. The group meets approximately every other month. In the coming year, this ministry will work with the to-be-hired presbyter for congregational life to identify and address needs of small membership congregations in our presbytery. In addition, this team reviews applications for small church grants and helps to oversee the small church intern program. To get involved, contact Kerra English.

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