How do Jesus’ parables in Matthew 25 speak to the physical structures of a church building? This has been an ongoing question for the faithful of Valley Forge Presbyterian Church (VFPC). Located in the heart of the changing corporate district of King of Prussia, VFPC has discerned a call to make their space universally accessible, aesthetically hospitable, and mutually beneficial for both members of their congregation and local neighbors. Recently, I sat down with Rev. Tim Dooner, pastor of Valley Forge and Elder Michael Henry, Clerk of Session and former moderator of our presbytery. Listen in to our conversation as you consider how your congregation can lean into the call of Christ in Matthew 25, especially as you extend welcome, compassion, and advocacy for your neighbors near and far.
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Quick plug, the Presbytery has recently committed to being a Matthew 25 Presbytery in response to the initiative of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. This movement aims to empower congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism, and alleviate systemic poverty. If interested in learning more, visit our website, www.presbyphl.org and scroll to the link at the bottom. Also, we hope to see all of you on November 9th at our annual Fall Fest, a Presbytery-wide equipping event addressing critical ministry questions. This year, our guest keynoter, is Rev. Jessica Tate, Director of Next Church. Registration also available online.