WCPres is on the journey of transition as we seek God’s direction for the next right steps in fulfilling the Great Commission. The purpose of this web page is to share information and resources to keep you well informed.
Below you will find more information:
Completed October 2017
Our goal and passion as identified in Our Path Forward report and presentation is the Great Commission: to be a strong community that is reaching the unchurched with the gospel and seeing God transform our lives, our neighbors, and our world.
This is the same objective we have had as a church since our founding over 140 years ago.
The primary question is: “How can Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church obtain the leadership and energy in the next era to achieve the greatest Kingdom impact in the most efficient and effective way?”
Completed December 2017
The Transition Team appointed by the Session had the task of seeking a staff leader who will provide leadership and support when Morgan leaves. Thanks to their work, we welcome Benjamin Lins as our Transitional Pastor beginning January 8, 2017.
Benjamin most recently served as the pastoral Head of Staff at Great Island Presbyterian Church in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Prior to his time at Great Island, Benjamin served as the Pastor of Outreach and Assimilation at First Presbyterian Church Norfolk in Virginia. He obtained his Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and received his Bachelors of Science from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Benjamin describes himself as “an evangelist and disciple maker” who loves to “create opportunities for people to praise and draw closer to God and help them build meaningful relationships in their networks so that they can be meaningful witnesses and live out the gospel.” Benjamin lives in Piedmont with his wife Mary, and their two children.
Benjamin will be working with Session, Staff, Ministry Leaders, Deacons and our congregation to begin aligning our efforts as a church with Our Path Forward.
Session has been exploring strategies to accomplish our goal of being a strong community of faith that’s reaching the unchurched. One opportunity that has presented itself is to explore a partnership with Menlo Church, formerly known as Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Session is exploring this unique opportunity to partner with a church that shares our doctrine, our evangelistic vision, our history, and has a proven record of effectively expanding the Kingdom in the Bay Area.
Session has been reading the book, Better Together. Menlo Church uses this book as a model when considering partnerships. Copies of the book are available in the church library, or you can read a summary here.
Both WCPres and Menlo Sessions have decided to enter into a “due diligence” process where the two churches will be engaged in asking and answering a variety of questions that explore the following areas: ministries, finances, programs, staff, legal aspects (property) and more. During this time of talking, all facets of what a relationship would look like are being explored. If any insurmountable stumbling blocks are identified in this phase, then further discussions will cease and we will move on in our separate ways.
Through all of this discussion, our primary question is "Will we be better together at bringing the Gospel to Walnut Creek and the Diablo Valley, than we would be on our own?"
Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions with answers. This section will be updated as more information is gathered.
- Praying for our church.
- Participating in opportunities to explore and share in the process.
- Submitting your comments and questions are welcomed and encouraged through email to email@example.com.