Stated Clerk launches “Tilling the Soil” – PC(USA)

Parsons’ first weekly video message focuses on ‘elder picking’

LOUISVILLE—The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), announced this week the beginning of a weekly video clip for church leaders.

Gradye Parsons at a podium

Parsons hopes the approximately 5-minute clips, under the banner “Tilling the Soil,” will provide information and inspiration for the wider PC(USA), especially elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament.

“It is a time of great change in the church,” said Parsons. “How we navigate that change depends a lot on how we discern together the direction of God’s Spirit and identify and nurture church leaders. I hope the thoughts I offer each week will contribute to and help prod a collective discussion about all of that.”

Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the role and work of elders and visioning for the future. Parsons will also invite an occasional discussion on a current book of interest to the life of the church.

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“Tilling the Soil” clips will be available at Parsons hopes viewers will take advantage of the opportunity to offer comments and share their own stories.