The PC(USA) has four special offerings each year that go to benefit important mission areas throughout the denomination and in your local communities.
During Advent participating churches collect for the Christmas Joy Offering, which supports the following ministries:
- Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions
The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provides critical financial and housing assistance to qualifying retired members of the Benefits Plan, and financial and vocational assistance to eligible workers in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
- Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges
These institutions covenanted with the PC(USA) have provided quality education to people who have contributed immeasurably to the church at large and to the world. Students are educated for the professions of their choice in an environment which supports and nurtures racial and ethnic heritage.Many of the college students are the first in their family to attend college and come from low- to moderate-income families. They may be marginalized and would not be accepted at other institutions of higher learning. The secondary schools receive students earlier than typical schools and prepare them for acceptance at institutions of higher learning.
- Racial Ethnic Leadership Development
Racial Ethnic Leadership Development helps plan, coordinate and promote racial ethnic and women’s leadership institutes. Leadership institutes identify, equip and connect racial ethnic women and men, who are teaching and ruling elders, with leadership opportunities in the Presbyterian Church (USA). This ministry also strengthens and nurtures the gifts of racial ethnic leaders, and inspires them to greater leadership roles in congregations, mid councils and in General Assembly agencies.
Learn more about these ministries at the links above, and find resources for your church’s participation in the Christmas Joy Offering at the Special Offerings site.