PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.
Compassion, Peace and Justice - helps Presbyterians respond to the needs of the world's most vulnerable people, address injustice in all areas of life and advocate for peaceful solutions to conflict. This ministry area also provides disaster relief, direct service, capacity building and development assistance to marginalized communities nationally and around the world.
Evangelism and Church Growth - helps congregations through middle governing bodies partner with the Holy Spirit to accomplish God's redemptive plan through faith in Jesus Christ. The ministry staff desires to see the PC(USA) become a turnaround denomination. This is accomplished through:
Stewardship - seeks to collaboratively provide resources and leadership development focused on inspiring, equipping and connecting Presbyterians to the joy generous giving as an act of discipleship. The ministry seeks to encourage and help build a stewardship ministry for the whole church that is in alignment with reformed theology and the changing landscape of philanthropic giving.
Theology Worship and Education - contributes to the formation of communities of discipleship through education in the faith and faithfulness of the whole church; paying sustained attention to the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. This ministry area develops educational materials, worship resources, leader development programs and theological studies that support the church's faith and life.
Vocation - a shared ministry with the Office of the General Assembly. Its mission is to support the church's work related to discerning God's call and developing leaders as they answer that call. The staff assists presbyteries and congregations in the nurture of Christian vocation, and the preparation, credentialing, call and support of church professionals.
World Mission - helps Presbyterians offer a witness to Jesus Christ in today's world by sending mission personnel to face the challenges of evangelizing and continuing the historic emphasis of the Church. In collaboration with U.S. Presbyterians and global partners, World Mission inspires, equips and connects communities of mission practice to engage in God's mission: to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, help the most vulnerable—women and children, and promote reconciliation within cultures of violence.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION - Spiritual formation is the activity of the Holy Spirit which molds our lives into the likeness of Jesus Christ. This likeness is one of deep intimacy with God and genuine compassion for all of creation. The Spirit works not only in the lives of individuals but also in the church, shaping it into the Body of Christ. We cooperate with this work of the Spirit through certain practices that make us more open and responsive to the Spirit's touch, disciplines such as Sabbath keeping, works of compassion and justice, discernment, worship, hospitality, spiritual friendships, and contemplative silence.
WAY TO LIVE – Christian Practices for Teens: This website (and the book by the same title) challenge teens to explore 18 practices that shape their lives with God and others.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. At The First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge, we never lose sight of what drives our efforts: Dedicated people who are ready to make change happen now.
ENTER THE BIBLE- Here you'll find a wealth of resources to help you grow in your faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible. Think of Enter the Bible as your guide, a helpful reference tool to accompany you in your reading of the Bible.
INTERFAITH TOOLKIT - Engage your neighbors. This kit contains a variety of resources to help as you engage with neighbors of faiths other than your own, or prepare to do so. It contains "how to do it" sorts of pieces, examples of what others have done as well as more reflective materials on interfaith relationship as an integral part of being faithful followers of Jesus Christ..