Knowing that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is investing tens of thousands of dollars and professional staff hours with the “1001 New Worshipping Communities” initiative, I wonder where the funding and intentional staff support exists in helping thousands of small congregations in need of revitalization. I know of dozens of rural and urban churches that could use more focused support from the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Are there others who share this concern? Specifically, what is being done to help small struggling congregations deal with huge buildings that drain congregational resources away from evangelism and mission? Who on the national staff is addressing the specific concerns of urban congregations?
These fund were diverted to this separate corporation to (1) ensure the future existence of the 1001 church program without reliance on PMA budget constraints and (2) to ensure that this program not be subjedct to staff cuts or changes. HOW FAIR IS THIS to other PCUSA PMA programs and projects? How hard would it have been to take this to the PMA — unless there was fear that it would not be approved?