Faces of Ministry...
Theological Education Grounds Leaders for Ministry
Alex Moses (MDiv’01) grew up in the Presbyterian tradition in suburban Atlanta. His dad spent a career with Lockheed, and his mom retired as Director of Christian Education at North Avenue Presbyterian Church.
His current church, 390-member Fayette Presbyterian, is the oldest in a county that’s better known as the site of “Gone With the Wind” than for the diverse community grown from rural roots.
In the modern, 15-year-old church building, the pastoral staff connects with energetic church members for a variety or worship, educational, and mission experiences. A contemporary worship service invites members to relax at tables and chairs, as well as pews, and worshippers in the 11:00 a.m. traditional service enjoy a semi-circular sanctuary and pew arrangement.
The church’s Session recently studied the book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, and chose the practice of Intentional Faith Development for this year. Each month the church highlights a key element of faith — The Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, or a special passage of scripture, with an introduction, a sermon, and a newsletter article. During the month, members are encouraged to read, recite and reflect on it daily, while the various groups and committees will say it at the beginning of meetings. To further support this practice, Alex will lead a Sunday school class called “Feasting on the Word,” by the PC(USA).
From a Cub Scout Pack to interfaith dialogue, Fayette Presbyterian serves its neighbors and beyond. Mission trips to a North Dakota Native American reservation and multiple work visits to Nicaragua bring help to those in need and fresh perspectives to Alex and church members.
“It’s inspiring for me to do physical work on a mission trip. It becomes a place of spiritual awakening for me, since much of my usual role involves working with my mind or spending less active time with people,” he explains. Such missions often blend his engineering and pastoral gifts as well. “I love the activities, being with the rural villagers, playing with the children, training people in using low-tech water filtration pots, and doing Vacation Bible School.”
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