Developing the Mission
of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury
The Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury has had a prominent place in the history of this region, and of our nation. As a Church established before 1732, we have been around for a long time by American historical standards, and we continue to take a leading role in worship, ministry, and justice for our community.
A deep sense of Ecumenical and Interfaith connectedness also guides us. Since 1957, we have been partnered with the Monmouth Reform Temple, which began by sharing our sanctuary space. To this day, we alternate the annual Thanksgiving service with the Temple (photo is of joint service at the temple), and enjoy a strong personal relationship.
In 2003, PCAS performed its last Mission Study, and developed a Vision Statement. We will link to that Statement here. As our congregation is now in a transitional phase, after the retirement of a long-term Pastor, we are engaged in a formal Mission Study process: An Interim Journey
Working with the Center for Parish Development (CPD) in Chicago, a leader in the study and development of a “missional” self-understanding for congregations, we are going through An Interim Journey, in order to develop a new mission study and sense of direction for PCAS.
Here are some upcoming highlights:
September 24th – A Heritage Celebration and Conversation. This will follow our 10:30 a.m. Outside Worship, in the grove just outside the Fellowship Hall. Over a fine brunch, we will have conversations about those memories and events that, for each of us, uniquely represent the best of PCAS at ministry over many years.
September/October – A People of Salt and Light – a series of four-session, in-home small group Bible Studies that will focus on what it means to be Christ’s People called to bring “spice” and “illumination” to our community and world. This will provide congregational input for the Mission Study process.
September/October – Online Survey - Church Leaders (Elders, Deacons, Mission Study Team) will take an online survey to see what values and directions guide our sense of calling to ministry as a congregation. This info will be collated by CPD and be the focus of conversation for a follow-up meeting of leaders.
November – Congregational Vision Event – Around worship and a common meal, the Congregation will discuss where our Interim Journey has taken us, and what excites us about the future God plans for PCAS.
November – Leadership Retreat – the Elders, Deacons, and Mission Study Team will pull all of the foregoing events together, along with demographics provided through the Presbytery, to identify priorities and ministry focus into a Mission Statement to guide the Pastoral Search that will take place in 2018 for the next Installed Pastor of PCAS.