2021 Thanksgiving Offering Preparing Future Leaders for Ministry

Thank You! Since this is a request for God’s people to participate in the annual Thanksgiving Offering, we begin with saying, “Thank you!” Thanks for all the help you have given in the past, and Lord willing, thanks for your generosity this year. Each year we solicit funds from within the PCA which we will distribute to congregations and ministries that are training leaders in mercy ministries. We focus on minority interns, but not exclusively.

We can only give what you send to MNA for this particular effort, so we ask you to please pray for this year’s offering and ask the Lord for guidance on what you can give. The churches that we feature this year are doing good work in Jesus’ name. Some of the people they evangelize and gather into their church struggle with poverty. They need the gospel, they need mercy, and they need the love of the Lord.

Grace Church, Worcester MA

In 2013 Jarrett Allebach and his family moved to Worcester MA after completing a church planting fellowship with Trinity PCA in Providence RI. Worcester, which is 50 miles west of Boston, is the second largest city in New England yet is overlooked by many. Our God, who sits on high, looks low and loves this gritty, hardworking, diverse, and underserved city. There is an incredible need for gospel-preaching churches and an opportunity to reach all kinds of people as over 20% of Worcester’s population is foreign born and their public-school students speak more than eighty languages.

In God’s leading and blessing he has provided a place for worshipand outreach at the at the cross-section of different cultures,classes, and people groups in the city. Grace partners with the elementary school next door to serve families in need and holds summer and after schoolprograms to reach and disciple children. They evangelize international students and bring a holistic gospel to families fractured by sin. They have seen God raise up church leaders from different countries, levels of education, and income.

During this long journey, MNA and the New City Network have been instrumental in both encouraging and equipping them to build an intergenerational and cross-cultural church that is rooted in Christ and ready to advance the gospel in Worcester and through the world. In particular, the Thanksgiving Offering has allowed them to provide scholarships to one of their church leaders, Marco Teixeira, who came as a young man to the US from Brazil and is on the path to ministry.

New City Fellowship West End, St. Louis MO

New City Fellowship West End is the third and newest site of New City Fellowship in St. Louis MO. West End is the neighborhood where they live, minister and gather as a church. They began meeting in the summer of 2018 with a core group drawn mainly from NCF-University City, the largest and oldest of the three sites. They began with the same core values as the other New City sites but focused on having their leadership, worship, discipleship, and outreach shaped by the West End community. They also wanted to be a church that planted other churches, particularly in north St. Louis City; and they wanted to train pastors, church planters and ministry leaders for ministry in an urban, multi-ethnic, community-based church.

The pastor of the New City church plant in St. Louis, Thurman Williams, received several Thanksgiving Offering grants when he was preparing for ministry in the PCA. He is not only the church planter but has also served as the Chairman of the PCA Mission to North America Committee. The investment of the Thanksgiving Offering in Thurman has paid off handsomely for the PCA. Last year this church received a Thanksgiving Offering grant to support several pastoral interns who are being trained for further urban church planting.

Grace Church, Dover DE

Anglos, African Americans, Latinos, and Koreans are attending this wonderful congregation, and they also work closely with a Reformed University Fellowship ministry at nearby Delaware State University, an Historic Black College. Some years ago they also created a Christian non-profit, Grace for Dover, to help them do community outreach and mercy ministry. They received a Thanksgiving Offering grant to help support Grace for Dover, which has now become Embrace, an outreach ministry for those with disabilities.

The Thanksgiving Offering provides churches like these with grants to help them reach out to diverse communities, by God’s grace advancing the gospel among several different people groups among their neighbors. It is always a joy to see people awakening to faith who had been unfamiliar with the truth of the gospel. As with all of our church plants in poor urban communities, they struggle for the resources to bring on more staff and to extend their outreach. Pray for God’s blessing on them to raise up new leaders and provide resources for ministry.

Your gift has a significant role in training those who will minister among ethnic groups not currently well reached by the PCA.

Prefer to pay by check? You can mail your contribution to Mission to North America, P.O. Box 890233, Charlotte, NC 28289-0233