Foundation News

The Importance of Proactive Planning

By | Stewardship

At this year’s Foundation Dinner our speaker, Chuck Jacob, gave some thought-provoking insights on the reasons why we as Christians should make noble plans. As I listened to the presentation, I thought about 2 Kings 20:1, “Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.” We have all prayed the childhood prayer, “And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” However, only rarely do we contemplate during evening prayer what preparations we have made with respect to our final wishes and material possessions, should we actually die before we wake….

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2014 Foundation Dinner Recap

By | Events

The Foundation marked its 16th year with a dinner on March 28th, focusing on the theme of Noble Plans. Approximately 300 people enjoyed a time of fellowship and heard inspirational messages from members of Second Presbyterian Church as well as the featured speaker, Chuck Jacob. Foundation Chairman Rick Moore convened the meeting by reviewing distinctive activities since the last dinner was held two years ago. He reported that the Foundation has experienced growth in a variety of areas including participants in the Foundation, gifts to the Foundation, and investments. All these equip the Foundation with the ability to create more…

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2014 Foundation Dinner – Noble Plans

By | Events

Friday, March 28, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Location: 2PC Fellowship Hall, 4055 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN US 38111   Have you ever thought of yourself as nobility? Isaiah 32 speaks of the time when a king will rule in righteousness and princes in justice, and contrasts what the fool and the noble will be like. As heirs to the King of Kings we are indeed nobility and we are given good guidance on what the noble do and on what they stand. The Foundation provides an opportunity for our members to align themselves with others who are doing…

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Foundation Supports Second’s Priority of Strengthening Memphis Families

By | Home Outreach

It is clear that the breakdown of the family is responsible for many of our problems in Memphis. In response, Second is focusing many resources on strengthening families, both internally and externally. Within our church is the Family Team, one of our five key ministry teams. This team was developed because our church believes that we must cherish and value the institution that is the bedrock to our society: marriage and family. To that end, this team seeks to encourage our families toward spiritual growth, and to help equip our parents to disciple their children in the Lord. Externally, the focus is…

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Variety of Ways to Participate Yields Growth for Foundation

By | Stewardship

The ultimate purpose of our Foundation is to promote God’s Kingdom. The degree to which that is accomplished relies on several factors, chiefly the level of generosity of our members and others who value the mission of our church and its ministries. Just as we as members of our church are equipped differently to serve within the body of Christ, we are also equipped differently when it comes to exercising generosity. While we all are to seek to serve and to be generous, how that is accomplished is unique to each of us. Like the church, the Foundation offers a…

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The Impact of the Pastoral Internship Program

By | Christian Leadership

Our Foundation Dinner speaker, Chuck Jacob, served as a pastoral intern for one year beginning in 1998. Based on the success of that internship, the Pastoral Internship Program (PIP) officially began in 1999, in order to prepare seminarians for pastoral ministry. Over the 18 months of the program, students complete their practical training in partnership with Second Presbyterian. They receive church-based mentoring and instruction in practical theology and ministry, taking credit courses such as pastoral counseling, worship, preaching, missions, evangelism, and spiritual life development. Since the first official year, in which three interns participated, PIP has graduated four more seminary…

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Developing Christian Leaders: A Foundational Mission

By | Christian Leadership

Last month at our World Missions Conference, the speaker, Mike Kuhn, challenged us to change our thinking regarding our neighbors of different backgrounds and beliefs. One way this can be done is through education. In this regard, Mike emphasized the desperate need for trained Christian leaders who, grounded in the foundation of Scripture, can reach out with truth and love to all people. In this edition of the Messenger, we take a look at the development of such future leaders, which is at the core of the Foundation’s mission. Through the stories of three young people, who were each supported…

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Shermans’ Bequest Greatly Enhances Second’s World Missions Program

By | World Outreach

Charles and Rebecca Sherman have left a significant portion of their estate to the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation to be deployed in the World Missions area. In the late 1990s Charles Sherman spoke with Sandy Willson on his and Rebecca’s behalf, to say that they wanted to be strategic about their estate. He asked Sandy how he and Rebecca, upon their deaths, could best support the work of Second Presbyterian Church in the years ahead. Herbert Rhea and Sandy had been discussing whether they should attempt to establish a charitable foundation for missions at Second Presbyterian. Sandy conveyed to Charles…

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Introducing Our Newest Pastoral Intern

By | Christian Leadership

Beginning this month, Michael Davis will serve as an intern through the Pastoral Internship Program, supported by the Foundation through the Charlie Gillespie Fund. Michael played football for Millikin University in Illinois from 2003-2006, before transferring to the University of Missouri-Colombia. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in personal financial planning and after graduation, worked for Bank Midwest as a financial representative. In this capacity, he also taught financial management classes for community efforts. In 2009, Michael enrolled at Covenant Theological Seminary as a part-time student. In the spring of 2010 he became full-time, and in April that year…

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Pastoral Internship Program: A Look Back

By | Christian Leadership

The Pastoral Internship Program (PIP) began in 1999, in order to prepare seminarians for pastoral ministry. Over the 18 months of the program, students complete their practical training in partnership with Second Presbyterian. They receive church-based mentoring and instruction in practical theology and ministry, taking credit courses such as pastoral counseling, worship, preaching, missions, evangelism, and spiritual life development. Since the first year, in which three interns participated, PIP has graduated five more seminary students, including Barton Kimbro, who currently serves on the 2PC pastoral staff. Students have come to the program from three seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS)…

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