Outreach

Second Presbyterian Church is engaged in numerous outreach ministries. However, it is simple to express the heart and soul of what this congregation is about.

Local

We support local ministries of compassion and transformation.

Our congregation donates money to, and provides volunteers for, area ministries that meet immediate needs as well as support efforts to help those seeking life transformation.

The following are the major local outreach partnerships to which we offer funding and volunteer engagement. Other local ministries receive support as well.

Presbyterian Community Center

Ram House

West End Center

Habitat for Humanity

Family Promise

Highland Park School

House of Bread

If you are interested in learning more or becoming involved, contact the church at info@spres.org and information or the name of a contact will be provided.

National

We work to build the PCUSA.

We are committed to building the PCUSA through support of the vital institutions of Union Presbyterian Seminary, and the Montreat and Masssanetta Conference Centers. Also, our congregation’s signature contribution is the Trent programs that equip and support new PCUSA pastors in ministry.

Second Presbyterian Church contributes funds to the work of the higher governing bodies to which it belongs: the Presbytery of the Peaks, the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, and the Presbyterian Church USA.

The congregation believes it offers its most significant support for the spiritual growth and wellbeing of the larger PCUSA through two other avenues:

1. Second Presbyterian offers major support for three institutions that train and inspire church leadership and membership:

Union Presbyterian Seminary

Massanetta Springs Conference Center

Montreat Conference Center

2. Second Presbyterian is called to a unique ministry for which the congregation has gained national attention, nurturing newly ordained ministers. Through its Trent Fund, Second Presbyterian sponsors:

  • A Trent Colloquy for newly ordained ministers within the Presbytery of the Peaks. Three times a year for two years, the ministers come to Second Presbyterian Church for seminars to be coached by experienced pastors and lay people, to worship and to share best practices.
  • A Trent Symposium for new ministers from across the nation. Through a recommendation/application process, eight ministers are accepted into a symposium that lasts 5 ½ days where over 25 seminars are offering in practical areas led by experienced pastors and laypeople.
  • Trent@Montreat is a conference offered in 2016 and 2018. Second Presbyterian Church is one of four sponsoring organizations that offered this unique conference where participants new to are ministry are joined in worship and then divided into tracks focusing on a specific area of need.

International

We are making a different in the Dominican Republic.

Our primary international involvement is in San Juan de la Maguana of the Dominican Republic where we partner with Dominicans to transform barrios through medicine, construction and education. We are part of an effort to build a new hospital.

Since 2006, Second Presbyterian has been involved in partnering with Solid Rock International and Dominican partners in improving life in barrios in and around San Juan de la Maguana of the Dominican Republic. The church has been involved in the following ways.

  • Medical/Construction: Every February or March, a Medical/Construction team is sent that conducts surgeries, sees patients in clinics in barrios in and beyond San Juan, and builds needed structures at clinics and schools. Over several years, hundreds of people were fitted and provided needed prosthetics. Members donate money and supplies in support.
  • Construction of a new Hospital: Second Presbyterian has supplied volunteers and funds to help build a new hospital in Jan Juan to replace the current clinic that sits in a floodplain. For 3 years, church member Ken Potter lived in San Juan as a church membership to help oversee construction and control costs.
  • Bibles and Bricks Mission Trip: Many years, a group made up of older Senior Highs, College Students and other adults go to Jan Juan in July to conduct a Bible School for children and to work on a construction project.

If you are interested in learning more or becoming involved, contact the church at info@spres.org and information or the name of a contact will be provided.