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I am honored to have received Mission presbytery's endorsement as a candidate for Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA). Through 22 years of pastoral ministry I have found profound joy in sharing leadership and ministry with congregations I have been privileged to serve.I want to share this experience far and wide. Though I am well aware of the polarization and declining membership within the denomination, I am not despondent about the future. I believe a strong witness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit can give us a witness beyond our numbers.
Three important leadership commitments I bring .........
1-A commitment to spiritual practices ....... the practices that have characterized a vital life with God throughout the history of the church: prayer, worship, Sabbath-keeping, the deep reading of Scripture, generous sharing. Simple yet deep, tried and true yet fresh for each generation, neglected to our peril, in these practices we are drawn closer to God and into more resilient communion with one another.
2-A desire to build community among strangers......our encounters with the “other” often reveal much about ourselves. Changing neighborhoods, expanding variations of faith traditions, shared sidewalks with people whose pockets do not contain enough for the bus ride home-- can we see these as invitations to new relationships and new discoveries, enriching to the church and to our lives of faith? Most of all, can we see in these encounters an expressions of the Kingdom of God?
3-A willingness to be bold and bodily witnesses to gospel values. Are we as followers of Christ, seen and heard in the places where brokenness is experienced most profoundly? Do we maintain a silent pity for wounded humanity, when placing our bodies alongside struggling humans (or nonhumans for that matter) might make for life-giving change? Do the things others see and hear from us as we go about our Christian lives in the world prompt them to glorify God?
I believe when these are in balance, there is vibrant humanity at an individual level, and vibrant life at a congregational and denominational level.
These three emphases offer the invitation to think, not in terms of the polarities of social justice/evangelism, liberal/conservative, centralized/decentralized, but integrate the best of all of these perspectives, while looking at the fruit of our words and deeds in the world.
You may also want to read...My resume
My Statement of Faith
Rev. Dr. Leslie King, Vice Moderator candidate
Kelly Allen GA Moderator candidate info packet
Kelly Allen and Leslie King - Summary
Seeking your questions and comments
What are the spiritual practices that sustain you and your community? Where do you see community being built among strangers? Where are people estranged from each other? What is the PCUSA's calling to be a bold and bodily witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?