UPT Successes

  • Connected pastors of urban Rochester Presbyterian churches
  • Formed in 2009 and still active
  • Engaged lay people through mission projects and advocacy plus a "core" group
  • Developed a "road map" mission statement in 2011, which focuses about equally on inter-congregation and external-mission work
  • Participated as congregations and as a whole in self-assessment and redirection (2011-13), e.g., "New Beginnings"
  • Explored shared staffing models; two UPT congregations have hired one full-time pastor serving both congregations
  • Offered small-group study/advocacy about poverty
  • Built a Habitat house (2013)
  • Invited neighbors to a "Big Lunch," individual congregations reaching out to their community (annual, ongoing)
  • Tutored grade-school students in city schools (ongoing)
  • Advocated for quality public education for all (ongoing)
  • Won a $8,000 grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation to exchange visits with Raleigh NC school leaders (That city is seen as achieving urban public education successes) Advocacy is ongoing
  • Presented two UPT choir concerts (a third is in planning)
  • Organized a UPT picnic
  • Increased awareness of community food-scarcity (individual-congregation food cupboards; dining room ministry; one congregation's "grocery run")
  • Created contact lists for each committee
  • Revitalized web site with regular updates and calendar
  • Added committee contact information to web site
  • Published routinely on the web site the meeting minutes that can be public. (Encouraged participation through transparency)
  • Maintained a Facebook page
  • Established e-mail groups to facilitate internal communication