PPL presents vision for equipping leaders for life affirming ministry at two Presbyterian assemblies PDF Print E-mail

PCA booth 2017sm"Moving beyond statements and politics to being a pro-life church" was the topic addressed by PPL's Executive Director, Marie Bowen, at a PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) General Assembly Seminar. In her presentation, Bowen pointed to the common biblical foundation shared by PPL and the PCA that guides us to value every human life, born and unborn. She cast a vision for equipping leaders for life ministry in congregations. The need is great, but so are the gifts and resources that God has given the church for meeting those very points of need where human life is threatened in both congregation and community.

Bowen described her presentation as "seed casting," referencing Jesus' description of the Kingdom of Heaven as a mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32). She closed with a prayer for God to water and give growth to those seeds of life affirming ministry in the soil of hearts already stirred up. She prayed for the sunshine of God's love and the rain of His Holy Spirit to grow those tiny seeds of inspiration into mighty trees of ministry that would rescue human lives and bring glory to God.

(You may order and download the mp3 of the seminar at the PCA store.)

IMG 06871Lunch Forum at EPC GA

In a similar presentation at a lunch forum in the EPC (Evangelical Presbyterian Church), Bowen was joined by Amy Scherschligt, a member of the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church which hosted the 37th EPC General Assembly. Scherschligt shared some of the steps the Pacific Area PPL chapter/Champions of Life Team have taken on their journey to becoming a fully equipped life team. She described how God has used PPL and other sources of training and education (i.e. Churches for Life and Care Net's Making Life Disciples) to prepare them for life advocacy and ministry. PPL was warmly received by those attending and one young woman, who described herself as "feminist and pro-life," enthusiastically commented that it was the "best pro-life talk I've ever heard!"

 

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