MVP Mission Center 109 Stonecreek Rd NW New Philadelphia, OH 44663
855-603-0604
mvpjourney@gmail.com

Journeying with Jesus

to Touch the World!

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NURTURING

We assist our churches to tend to the spiritual needs of nearly 7000 people in the region.

DISCIPLING

We support our congregations in developing mature followers of Jesus who regularly take steps of faith to serve God in our communities and within our congregations.

PARTNERING

We help our churches build community partnerships to share the love of Christ through local and distant relationships and action.

A few things that we have learned

As a presbytery we have been on an intentional journey for more than 10 years.
Along the way we have come to embrace some important realities.

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER

A presbytery isn’t a board, a business meeting, or a staff member. Together we are MVP.

We serve eastern Ohio, our home base, together. We find unity in God as we live out our mission in Christ, side by side. We help one another in times of need and rejoice in times of faithfulness and success. We are many congregations but we are part of one big tent, with many perspectives.

WE ARE ON A JOURNEY

 As the 21st century drastically changes the cultural landscape around us we regularly have opportunites to travel to new outposts.

As we are journeying through this new world together we reflect on our own personalities, skills, spiritual gifts and community need as we seek to get on the right bus and in the right seat. 

WE ARE BEING REFOUNDED

The roots of the Presbyterian Church are grounded in the European Reformation of 500 years ago. 

As we find ourselves at the beginning of a new reformation we are committed to being re-formed and re-founded by God for a new era of ministry and mission. While being re-formed is a refining, being re-founded is a more significant process. Being re-founded is being made new from the beginning.

The sooner our old structures die away, the sooner we can go about the work of being re-founded in God.

We believe that faithful re-founding requires us to let go of old comfortable patterns and ways of life. This, at times, may be a painful process. However, without individuals who are committeed to being re-founded in this day, our churches and our ministries will not be re-made for those God calls us to serve and love.

WE PARTICIPATE IN HEALING

We believe that God desires us to be whole and well. So we work hard to dig beneath our dysfunctional behaviors and false lies to offer our core wounds to God for healing. 

We also know that it is vital for our ministry that we are emotionally healthy people.  So as we seek our own healing we are well aware of the Biblical call to “seek the shalom of the city” and to celebrate that the ultimate result of history: “the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations.”

Thoughts, Insight and Devotions

from around MVP

Bloomfield Celebrates 200 Years of Ministry

“I gave my first sermon to the congregation of Bloomfield on April 7, 2013. The congregation had a potluck the night before for me and my family. I was hopeful[…]

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Thankful in Prison

In December there will be two family days in area prisons sponsored by Wings for Life International: Dec. 1              Southeastern Correctional Center—Lancaster, OH      12:30 – 3:30 pm Dec. 2              Noble[…]

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Celebrating Jon Carlisle

This coming Sunday, Coshocton Presbyterian Church will celebrate the ministry and retirement of Rev. Jonathan Carlisle. For many, this will be a day of joy and sadness, thanksgiving and sorrow.[…]

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Readings and Prayers for Inner Peace

Many thanks to Marc van Bulck who recorded and produced this collection. Please feel free to distribute it to members of your congregations, especially those whom can not come to[…]

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IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!

We have a new worshipping community in Ashland, and they speak…Chinese.

On July 7th, 2018 First Presbyterian Church of Ashland launched a new congregation, pastored by Dr. Li “Dolly” Dong. Each Saturday there is a community meal at 5pm, followed by worship at 6pm.

Inside-Out Faith

Our common understanding of church has its roots in the ancient Jewish temple. Using this model we think that church is about coming into holiness.

But God’s story does not end here. Jesus goes to people and so did the early church.

Instead of asking where all of the people have gone, our churches will be more faithful to ask: where is Jesus going?

Living in community with those who are outside of our bounds is the setting of God’s good news and the context of discipleship.

What People Are Saying:

here’s some of the MVP buzz

I am so honored to have the opportunity to work with Pastor Jim McCurdy this summer at Alliance First United Presbyterian Church! It is truly an answer to prayer as I discern my calling and become part of the community in a new way after graduating from college.

Kathryn

Minstry Interin

I am thankful that MVP has supported my ministry and journey with meaningful opportunities for training, worship, and fellowship with others in ministry and on the journey.

Rick

Commissioned Ruling Elder (Pastor)

While going through the challenges of the PNC process to seek a pastor, we have valued Presbytery’s ongoing efforts to provide clarity and assistance. From our own Parish Elders and General Presbyter to PCUSA’s Church Leadership Connection, everyone has provided encouragement, support, and guidance.

Barb

Elder

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