Congregational Life and Witness

Convener: Rev Albin Rankin
Secretary: Rev David Thompson
This Council seeks to support the on-going life, mission and witness of congregations in their work with all age-groups. This assistance can take various forms such as casting vision, assisting in development, offering training, providing and signposting models of good practice and resourcing. Areas included are worship, discipleship, nurture and teaching; pastoral care;  evangelism and outreach in the community, including social outreach; co-operative working with others; involvement in global mission; leadership, including elder training.

This Council will hold specific responsibility for ensuring the strategic development within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland of youth and children’s ministry; Presbyterian Women and ministry among women generally; young adults’ ministry; support for the family (including PCI Family Holiday); marriage and counselling services.

This Council has the responsibility for encouraging and resourcing congregations to witness in their communities where they are placed. Part of this includes building supportive links with local schools; supporting Christians in the workplace; being proactive in the work of good relations.

Further to this and in co-operation with other Councils, adequate support and training in specific areas such as finance, health and safety and personnel issues, and disability awareness will be provided to congregations.

Taking Care, the child protection body of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, also sits under this Council.


Council Committees 

Congregational Life Committee Convener: Rev Philip McCrea  
Congregational Witness Committee Convener: Rev Stephen Richmond  
Programme, Finance & Coordination Committee Convener: Rev Jane Nelson