Welcome: Acts of Faith Explorer

A greeting from Pastor Deb … (9:35)

Listen to what church members have to say about the Acts of Faith Model (3:20)?

An in-depth look (15 min) at the AoF Model: CLICK HERE

To find publications to download (including a brochure on the AoF Model as well as the most recent listing of our current Acts of Faith), CLICK HERE

The in-depth White Paper giving historical and theological background to the Acts of Faith Model of Ministry can be accessed and downloaded HERE.

The Book

In 2018, South Church published The Church Has Left the Building – A case-study of one church’s story of transformation, redefinition, and new life. This case-study outlines the events, year-by-year, which led to this 160+-year-old congregation selling its building, embracing a missional model of ministry, and being transformed into a vibrant force in the Body of Christ. The second half of each chapter is the Pastor’s thoughts and theological reflection as she chronicles her inner-most thoughts, fears, prayers, and revelations. This is a must-read for transformational leaders working with systemic change.

To purchase a digital version for $10.00, CLICK HERE.

Hard copies are available either for pick up at the South Church office, or to be mailed to you.

We are excited to share our adventure with you, but like most of us, we struggle to make ends meet. Therefore, we have listed some suggested donation levels, should you wish to order copies of this book.

To Order The Church Has Left the Building

___ Single Order    suggested  Donation $24 (includes S&H)

___ Complementary Clergy Copy sug. Donation $4 (for S&H)

____   5 Books  suggested  Donation $90 (includes S&H)

____ 10 Books  suggested  Donation $160 (includes S&H)

____  15 Books suggested  Donation $200 (includes S&H)

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Contact us using the CONTACT tab above to arrange electronic payments, or send your gift along with your order to us at:

South Presbyterian Church  |  144 Metro Park – Suite 3C | Rochester, New York 14623.

Some of our Acts of Faith have their own websites and/or Facebook pages.
CLICK HERE to access each of the Acts of Faith individually.

Check out more videos on our YouTube channel (South Church Rochester) HERE

We invite you to explore Pastor Deb’s POD CASTS and SERMONS.

In 2018, after nearly three years of working together, New Life Presbyterian Church (Rochester, NY) dissolved as a congregation but kept its five ministries alive through the Acts of Faith Model. With the support of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, South and New Life pioneered a new way for church resurrection – blending with another congregation while maintaining the independence of their ministries that is afforded by the AoF Model.

CLICK HERE to view and/or download the Transitional Plan for Blending South & New Life Presbyterian Churches which was successfully enacted. Because of the three-year commitment on the part of both Sessions, “the two have become one” with all 20 collective Acts of Faith under the authority of South’s Session. This is not a traditional merger, yolked-parish, or “assumption” of one church by another; the AoF model,  by virtue of the individual identity of each Act of Faith (see the White Paper for the Precepts of this Model) allowed New Life members to continue their own ministries while aligning with South’s and create “something new altogether.”