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.
Programs for Small Churches in Presbytery of the James
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.
For specific questions, contact:
- Seminary requirements: Rev. Dorothee Tripodi (firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-278-4220)
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. Only churches within Presbytery of the James are eligible for these 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.
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. In addition, this team reviews applications for small church grants and helps to oversee the small church intern program. The group meets approximately every other month. To get involved, contact Jim Moseley.